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Veteran population on Guam being tallied

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Efforts continue to get a more accurate count of the thousands of military veterans on Guam. Vice-speaker Therese Terlaje has come up with one way to gather more information for the veterans registry. Her bill requires rev and tax to pass on information about vets when they apply for waivers of driver's license or vehicle registration fees. 

Guam Veteran's Affairs Administrator Joe San Agustin explains why they need more accurate data on the vet population. "Justify the need of more services on Guam, more service providers, and more needs of funding so that we better provide a more substantial better service to veterans and their families because they duly deserve that service," he said.

Guam has long been known to have one of the highest per capita military enlistments. There are an estimated 24,000 veterans on Guam, but many remain unaccounted for.  Some choose not to use any government services that require them to identify themselves as veterans. San Agustin says they continue village outreach in a further effort to build the veterans registry, and validate the population.

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