Issues: Veterans

SENATOR MARTINS PAYS HOMAGE TO OUR VETERANS IN VIDEO TRIBUTE

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, Senator Jack M. Martins has put together this tribute video to honor those men and women who served and continue to serve to protect our nation's freedom. 

October 11, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON THE FEDERAL SHUTDOWN AND ITS IMPACT ON VETERANS

Today, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) called on the president and Congress to put the needs of veterans and their families first and set aside their partisan differences to ensure veterans are not harmed any further during the federal government’s shutdown.  

October 10, 2013
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SENATOR RITCHIE SEEKS ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’

Invites Public to “Send a Touch of Home” to Overseas Troops

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she is once again joining with local radio personality Melody Burns to collect donated Christmas cards to be sent to US soldiers serving overseas through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross.

“Last year, Northern and Central New Yorkers donated 2,200 holiday cards to distribute to our service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations,” Senator Ritchie said. “These cards let them know that we truly appreciate their service and their sacrifice.”

“During the holidays, it’s very important that we remember our nation’s heroes who sacrifice so much to protect our nation and our liberties,” said Burns, who hosts a daily radio show on Talk 1300 AM WGDJ in Albany. “I have been promoting this Holiday Mail for Heroes program on my radio show in Albany. Two years ago I collected 1,000 cards. Last year, we collected 6,000. I am very pleased to again partner with Senator Ritchie to reach families across Northern and Central New York.”

October 10, 2013
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FORT DRUM MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT ADDED TO TRAVELING “HOMETOWN HEROES” EXHIBIT

Capt. Swenson to Receive Medal of Honor at White House Ceremony on Oct. 15

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing that William Swenson, a former Army captain and Fort Drum soldier slated to receive the Medal of Honor next week, is now featured in her “Hometown Heroes” exhibit; a traveling tribute to recipients of the nation’s highest military honor now on display at museums, libraries and other locations throughout Central and Northern New York. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CAPT. SWENSON'S EXHIBIT PLAQUE

CLICK HERE FOR REST OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR HOMETOWN HEROES EXHIBIT

Capt. Swenson will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during combat in Afghanistan in 2009 on October 15th at a special ceremony being held at the White House.

“Representing our nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor is awarded to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their country, and next week, we will pause to thank Capt. Swenson for his courageous actions,” said Senator Ritchie. 

October 8, 2013
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O'Mara reminder: a new law and another way to help salute the service of our veterans

Elmira, N.Y., October 8—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area veterans and veterans’ families that a new law he co-sponsored last year (S.6799, Chapter 487 of the Laws of 2012) recently took effect and, as a result, New York State veterans now have the option of having their status as a veteran indicated on their New York State driver license, permit or non-driver identification card.

The newly effective law directs the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to make the veteran’s status available to all honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces who apply for the designation on a DMV-issued photo document.

October 8, 2013
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Veteran Distinction on NYS Drivers Licenses Now Available

Residents who are military veterans can now apply for a special designation on their New York State driver’s license when they apply for a license renewal.

If you are a qualified U.S. military veteran, who was honorably discharged, and you have a NYS driver’s license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card, you can have the word "Veteran" printed on the upper left hand of your photo document.

This measure, which I proudly supported in the New York State Senate, eliminates the need to carry separate documentation to prove that you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. 

October 7, 2013
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October 4, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano, Reed honor local World War II veteran and the memorial he helped create

State Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Congressman Tom Reed welcomed the opportunity recently to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Steuben County Veterans Memorial in Bath, and to honor the area veteran whose efforts were instrumental to the memorial's construction: World War II Veteran Warren Thompson.

Read more, "Steuben County Veterans Memorial turns 25" 

October 4, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: VETERANS CAN NOW GET “VETERANS” DESIGNATION ON DRIVER’S LICENSES AND NON-DRIVER ID CARDS

New Law Makes it Easier for Veterans to Verify Their Status

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that a law he supported allowing the state Department of Motor  Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver's license or non-driver ID to indicate its holder is a veteran is now in effect. The law makes it easier for individuals to show proof that they are a veteran.

October 3, 2013
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Military Veterans Can Apply for Special Designation on Driver’s License

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that starting today, military veterans -- who are residents of New York State -- will be able to apply for a special designation on their State driver’s license. Those interested individuals cannot apply by phone or online but must apply in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office. The veteran status will be printed on all future NYS DMV photo documents. For more information, visit http://www.dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm#vetstat

October 3, 2013
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Senator Parker Expresses Concern for the Victims of the Federal Government's Shutdown

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans’ actions last night in shutting down the federal government will create significant hardship for New York’s working families. Starting today, the families of over 50,000 federal employees in New York City will not be able to pay their bills. As the temperature cools, families that receive support from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will be hurt. In addition, federal grants that fund elder abuse protection, senior services, veterans, and child care will not be disbursed, leaving our vulnerable populations without vital services. Additionally, children from low-income families who attend Head Start will lose access to this important childhood development program.

October 2, 2013
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RITCHIE JOINS LOCAL FAMILY TO HONOR KOREAN WAR VETERANS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently honored Korean War veterans at the “Heroes Remembered Dinner,” an event hosted by Dr. Nak Shim and his family at Association Island in Henderson. 

At the event, Senator Ritchie recognized Dr. Shim with a proclamation, honoring him for his work to recognize veterans.

September 19, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Reminds New Yorkers that September 20, 2013 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Senator Stavisky Reminds New Yorkers that September 20, 2013 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day 

September 18, 2013
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"John Stow Vietnam Veterans and MIA Memorial Bridge" Dedicated in Town of North Harmony

Bridge Across I-86 Honors Vietnam Veterans and All Soldiers Missing in Action

STOW - In recognition of the service of Marine Private First Class John L. Stow, and all those soldiers who served in Vietnam or have gone Missing in Action fighting for our country, the State Route 394 bridge crossing Interstate 86 in the Town of North Harmony and hamlet of Stow was today named the “John Stow Vietnam Veterans and MIA Memorial Bridge.”

During a ceremony at the Hadley House in Stow, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C – Chautauqua) joined family, friends, and local officials in unveiling the new sign memorializing native son John Stow, who was killed in Vietnam while serving with the U.S. Marines, on February 13, 1968, at the age of just 18. In addition to Stow, the currently unnamed bridge, which is fittingly located so close to the Veterans Memorial Bridge passing over Chautauqua Lake, will serve as an additional memorial to all American soldiers who served in Vietnam, as well as all those who have gone Missing in Action overseas.

September 14, 2013
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Community gathers to honor fallen local soldier at dedication of 'Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway'

Dundee, N.Y., September 8—Earlier this year, in June, the New York State Legislature approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) to designate a portion of State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.”

The designation honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Specialist Christopher J. Scott, a Dundee High School graduate, who was killed on September 3, 2011 while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

September 8, 2013
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Senator Young Honors Three Bolivar Veterans in Medal Ceremony

Gerald Lynn Bonney, Ronald Scutt, and Leo Francis Coyle Receive Awards For Military Service

BOLIVAR - Recognizing their outstanding records of military service in Europe, Korea, and Vietnam, three local veterans have finally received the military decorations they earned by their service.

During a ceremony at the Kenyon Andrus American Legion in Bolivar today, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) presented Sergeant First Class Gerald Lynn Bonney and Specialist 4th Grade Ronald Scutt with the military medals they earned while serving in Vietnam and Korea, respectively. Senator Young also posthumously honored Private First Class Leo Francis Coyle for his service in Europe during World War II. After being contacted by the veterans and their families, Senator Young was instrumental in obtaining the long overdue awards.

“Our veterans deserve our deepest appreciation and gratitude. The men being honored today selflessly left their homes and families to bravely serve their country a world away from everything and everyone they knew and loved. These men represent two generations of proud Americans who upheld the highest traditions of our armed forces,” said Senator Young.

September 7, 2013
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