Issues: Veterans

U.S. Postal Service Makes Purple Heart Stamp "Forever"

An effort to honor military heroes that began in the New York State Senate 11 years ago has now resulted in the U.S. Postal Service announcing that the Purple Heart postage stamp has been classified as a “Forever” stamp, ensuring that it will continue in circulation. 

April 13, 2011
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Honor Flight Makes First 2011 Trip

On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the privilege to welcome back local Veterans following the first Honor Flight of 2011 at the Greater Rochester International Airport. 48 World War II veterans made the trip to Washington D.C. and visited the memorial built to honor all those who fought in that war. For more information on Honor Flight, visit http://www.honorflightrochester.org/.

April 12, 2011
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SENATOR MARTINS ASKS FOR LOCAL NOMINATIONS FOR VETERANS HALL OF FAME HONOR

 Senator Jack Martins today invited local residents to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation designates worthy of induction to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

 This on-line Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community.

 “The Senate takes this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve our nation and protect our freedom as members of the military, said Senator Martins. “The Senate Veterans Hall of Fame pays tribute to all who serve, but also singles out for special recognition those whose sacrifices and service have helped make our nation and our community better places to live.”

April 11, 2011
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Veterans Stand Down at Brentwood Campus SCCC

All Veterans In Need

Friday, April 29, 2011 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency will be hosting it's 5th annual county-wide Veterans Stand Down at the Health, Sports, & Education Center on the Brentwood Campus of Suffolk Community College.

 

April 29, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Griffo Passes Measure to Help Grieving Military Families

Griffo Pushes Back On Behalf of Grieving Military Families

 

(Utica) - State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today announced that he is moving forward with legislation to protect military families from being subjected to indignity in a time of deep grief.

April 7, 2011
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Senate Celebrates New York's Service Men and Women

The New York State Senate today focused on the important contributions of current and former service men and women by passing three measures to honor and remember their legacies, as well as help them stay informed of the benefits and services available to them. The Senators were joined by a contingent of visitors from the United States Military Academy for what is known as West Point Day at the Capitol.

April 6, 2011
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New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

 

Albany, N.Y., April 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he’s currently seeking nominations for the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame, an online tribute to the military and civilian lives of distinguished veterans from across New York State.

April 5, 2011
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SENATOR GREG BALL SECURES $11.4 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR VETERANS

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) has secured a staggering $11.5 Million for New York State Veterans during a tough budget battle in the Senate chamber, where all operating budgets were cut by 10% across the board. In the budget, Ball successfully restored $10.9 Million to Veterans’ Homes located in Montrose, New York City, Oxford, Stony Brook and Batavia, all of which had been previously cut. 

April 4, 2011
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April 4, 2011
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WELLSVILLE WWII VETS TO RECEIVE FRANCE’S HIGHEST HONOR

           WELLSVILLE - An official representing French President Nicolas Sarkozy will make an extraordinary exception to policy by traveling to the Southern Tier to present two local World War II veterans with high honors, according to Senator Catharine M. Young, (R,C,I-Olean).

March 25, 2011
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Veterans Legislative Package

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: March 25, 2011Contact:  Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Announces Legislative Package forNYS Veterans Passes Senate

Protection of privacy for families from funeral protests among measures

March 24, 2011
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ADDABBO PARTICIPATES IN STATE SENATE HILL DAY TO HONOR VETERANS

Seven Bills Pass Senate to Protect Property, Rights, Services Available to Current/Former Military Members and Senate Passes Bill to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

March 22, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Supports Senator Zeldin’s Act To Limit Protests At Military Funerals

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today voted in favor of legislation sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 17, 2011
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State Senator Lee Zeldin Speaks on His Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) spoke at a press conference on Veterans Hill Day in Albany on March 14, 2011.  Senator Zeldin was discussing his legislation to ban protests at Military Funerals (S.3901).  The legislation will be named the “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act” in honor of Specialist Thomas Wilwerth, an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 16, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE VOTES TO HONOR VETERANS

Includes Bill To Regulate Protesters Disrupting Military Funerals State Senator Patty Ritchie voted today for a package of bills to honor veterans, including a bill to make it more difficult for protesters to disrupt the funerals of America's fallen heroes.“At a time when our military’s men and women are fighting and sometimes dying in the defense of  our nation, I believe we have a responsibility to insure that their loved ones are able to bury them without harassment from outside protesters,” Senator Ritchie said.  While the U.S.

March 15, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals, Additional Legislation to Support Veterans

The New York State Senate Monday passed legislation (S.3901) that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

 

 

This legislation is part of a package of Veterans bills that was passed by the Senate Monday. 

 

 

In addition, the Senate passed legislation that would significantly enhance the protection of property, rights and services available to current and former military personnel. The seven bills would build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to increase support for veterans and their families.

 

March 15, 2011
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Senator Valesky Supports New Programs to Benefit New York's Servicemen and Women

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) voted to pass a package of legislation that extends or creates programs to honor the brave veterans and active military personnel who serve our nation.

March 15, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Support Veterans

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would significantly enhance the protection of property, rights and services available to current and former military personnel. The seven bills would build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to increase support for veterans and their families.

March 14, 2011
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