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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she's redoubling the state's efforts to help veterans.

The governor ceremoniously signed six bills affecting veterans at Warren Town Hall on Tuesday.

Raimondo says she wants state officials to reach out to veterans to find out what they need and do more to help them get jobs.

She says the state hasn't done enough to care for its more than 70,000 veterans and that they deserve a proper homecoming.

Among the laws include legislation to allow private employers to provide hiring preferences for veterans and to protect jobs for Rhode Island residents serving in the National Guard. Veterans applying for benefits can now get free copies of medical records.

Another law bans dogs from Rhode Island's veterans' cemetery, with the exception of service animals.




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