Greg Hughes spent his years in the legislature prioritizing legislation to reflect the gratitude and respect that we, as citizens, feel for our military men and women. They give so much to protect our freedoms and we should do all that we can to provide opportunity for them and their families when they return home, as well as take care of them when they are in need of assistance.


  • Created the Department of Veterans’ & Military Affairs.

  • Passed the Utah Purple Heart Recipients’ Act which provides Utah Purple Heart award recipients a tuition waiver for state institutions of higher learning.

  • Passed the Scott B. Lundell Tuition Waiver which provides a tuition waiver for state institutions of higher learning for the surviving dependents of National Guard Members’ killed on active duty.

  • Passed a property tax exemption for disabled veterans, or the dependents of military members killed while serving our country.

  • Passed the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, which allows for a more seamless school transition for military children as they move from state to state.

  • Passed a bill that requires the Utah National Guard salaries to be on par with their federal counterparts

  • Passed a resolution supporting a veterans freedom memorial in Utah.

  • Funded three new veterans nursing homes getting them built far ahead of when they were scheduled to be.


Greg has received awards and accolades for his work as a champion for veterans including:


  • American Legion: Appreciation of Hard Work on Behalf of Veterans

  • Utah Division of Veterans Affairs: Friend of the Veteran Award

  • Salt Lake Chamber Military Affairs Committee: Patriot Award

  • American Legion: “Hall of Heroes” for Enduring Support of Veterans