State employees would receive extended pay, benefits while on active duty

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The state of Vermont is planning to extend the pay and benefits for state employees who have been called to active duty in the National Guard or military reserve. Under the plan being implemented by Governor Jim Douglas, the state will make up the difference between a state employee’s pay and their military salaries for up to a year on active duty.

And the state will provide health insurance to military dependents who aren’t eligible for coverage under military health care plans. Currently the state provides the same benefits for six months of active duty.

Douglas says he is asking the Vermont State Employees Association to agree to the plan. He also is calling on other employers in the state to do the same thing.

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