Governor Kathy Hochul took the chance on Veterans Day Thursday to ink a dozen bills into legislation aimed toward supporting those that served within the Armed Forces, and their families.
The package of legislation features a broader definition of a Vietnam Battle veteran, expanded eligibility for unemployment advantages and in-state tuition at public faculties, and creates a brand new advisory committee on ladies veterans.
“Our active service members and veterans have served a high calling to protect our democracy and freedoms, and now it is our turn to support them and their families,” stated Hochul in a press release. “By signing these bills into law today, we are taking steps to ensure veterans and active duty military members have the benefits and resources they need, and the flexibility their circumstances require, to best take care of themselves and their families. New York’s veterans stood up for us, and we will continue to stand by them.”
The primary new legislation modifications turns again the clock on the state-recognized starting of the Vietnam Battle from Feb. 28, 1961 to Nov. 1, 1955, acknowledging American navy presence beginning on the sooner date and guaranteeing all US veterans of that battle get credit score and recognition for their service, in accordance with Hochul’s workplace.
President Dwight Eisenhower despatched navy advisors to South Vietnam in 1955, however it wasn’t till 1961 when President John F. Kennedy deployed a whole bunch extra troops to struggle the communist forces within the Southeast Asian battle.
One other legislation unlocks unemployment advantages for individuals who give up their jobs to accompany a partner who’s topic to a navy switch.
Two extra items of laws create a 12-member ladies veterans advisory committee to advocate for feminine veterans within the state’s Division of Veterans’ Providers, and set up a process power to make coverage suggestions to the legislature on how one can assist vets discover jobs.
Spouses and kids of lively obligation service members can preserve in-state tuition at CUNY and SUNY after they’re stationed within the Empire State.
The legal guidelines additionally require veterans details about advantages in the event that they’re making use of for renewing a driver’s license or if they’re admitted to nursing houses, homeless shelters, and assisted dwelling amenities.
“As the daughter and sister of veterans, I have a special spot in my heart for all veterans,” stated state Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins in a press release. “Easing veterans’ transition back to civilian life is a top priority for the Senate Democratic Majority, and this set of bills will advance that mission.”