Utah's Veterans Affairs department will be reorganized as the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs and will get a much bigger job under HB 395.
The agency will now work to keep and increase jobs on military bases as well as continue to work with veterans. Prominent veterans fought the change, sought by Gov. Gary Herbert, but the House and Senate unanimously endorsed the plan.
Many veterans feared the new department would emphasize economic development at the expense of veterans and balked at the governor's apparent choice of Gary Harter, from his Office of Economic Development, to replace Terry Schow. Herbert in December asked Schow, the long-time director, to retire.