Gov. Kay Ivey is urging all military members and military veterans to wear their uniforms on November 9, which she has proclaimed Military Day in Alabama.

The proclamation states that Alabama is the most pro-military state in the country, with a deep connection and strong commitment to those who serve.

 "The men and women who serve in our nation's military are the heartbeat of what makes the United States the greatest country in the world," said Ivey. "Whether it be during times of war or times of peace, in the wake of natural disasters or ensuring our military installations remain protected and in full operation, our men and women in uniform stand ready to answer the call and protect our freedoms. As governor, I will always support these extraordinary men and women, because without them, our very way of life would be in jeopardy."

Alabama is home to around 400,000 veterans and approximately 26,000 military members. In 2022, Retire Guide ranked Alabama as the number two state for military retirees, only behind Florida.

The Alabama Legislature has passed several military-friendly bills over the years, and Ivey said she has championed some of them.

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, who chairs the Alabama Military Stability Commission, also voiced his support for the passage of a military and veteran package in 2023.

"Alabama is working hard every day to meet the many needs of active service members, military families, and veterans who remain here once their service ends," Ainsworth said. "The jobs, incomes, and revenues that Alabama's military facilities generate are important drivers of our economy, and we are doing everything possible to keep those defense assets growing and expanding for many decades to come."

The six bills passed as part of the package improved the quality of life for military members by extending professional license reciprocity to spouses, establishing the Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact and providing flexible educational tuition reimbursement, among other things.

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