Issues: Veterans

Chairman Ball Announces Historic Bill Banning Protests at Military Funerals

 

ALBANY, NY- Senator Greg Ball announced his support today for a Bill which would ban the ability of individuals and groups to protest at the funeral services of military personnel. The bill which is being Co-sponsored by Ball, along with Senator Zeldin, is an attempt to protect members of the military and their families from groups who in recent years have used military funerals as a platform to gain attention for themselves and their agendas. Senator Ball stated "I believe this bill will have unanimous support from our Majority Conference and will be an important and fitting tribute to all those serving in uniform, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In coordination with my efforts to restore funding to our veterans homes this is one of many veterans bills that we will pass on this historic day and I ask New Yorkers to call upon the Assembly to do the same, immediately."

May 24, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Celebrates Purple Heart “Forever” Stamp

State Senator  Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) presented a poster commemorating the introduction of the Purple Heart stamp as a Forever stamp to Commander Leo Belanger of VFW Post 8651 of the Mastics and Shirley.  Senator Zeldin (Above, Left), a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also the Senior Vice-Commander of Post 8651. Commander Belanger (Above, Right) is a Vietnam Veteran.   

May 20, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 816 LOB

May 24, 1:30 PM - 1:37 PM
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF THE SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY COMMITTEE

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio, in conjunction with the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Association, today announced the names of several business and community leaders who have agreed to serve as members of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Committee, including two former Admirals, a former Air Force General, a former University President,  and the chairpersons of two statewide veterans’ organizations.  The purpose of the Committee is to augment the efforts of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Association in

May 19, 2011
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May 20, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senate Veterans Committee Press Conference

Senator Larkin speaks during a press conference held by the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.

May 18, 2011
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West Point Day 2011

Senator Larkin speaks on the Senate floor during the 2011 West Point Day in Albany. 

May 18, 2011
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Veterans Casualty Assistance Program

The United States of America has traditionally paid its respects to deceased veterans by providing honorary, and in many cases, financial services to members of the veteran’s family.

File: 
Veterans Book.PDF

May 17, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO CREATE NEW PANEL TO SUPPORT AGING VETERANS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate approved legislation on May 16th to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337 focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.Older veterans represent a population in New York whose needs and problems pervade multiple geriatrics and gerontology disciplines.

May 17, 2011
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Senate acts to create new panel to support aging veterans

Measure Seeks To Improve State Consideration of Issues Facing Vets

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate today approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.

May 16, 2011
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Senate Acts to Create New Panel to Support Aging Veterans

The New York State Senate today approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts. “Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and for the freedoms which we all enjoy,” Senator Ranzenhofer said.  “They have earned only the best care and support programs and establishing a Veterans Advisory Committee will ensure that continues.”

May 16, 2011
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Veterans Return from Honor Flight

On Sunday, May 15th, Senator Robach had the privilege to welcome back World War II veterans from their Honor Flight over the weekend. This was the second Honor Flight this year put on by Honor Flight Rochester. The organization's goal is to take every veteran, who otherwise could not or would not go, to Washington D.C. During the ceremony, students from Aquinas Institute, Canandaigua Academy, and Medina presented donations to Honor Flight Rochester. Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served our great country and who continue to fight for our freedom around the world. For more information on Honor Flight Rochester, visit their website at http://honorflightrochester.org/.

May 16, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Room 816 LOB

May 17, 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
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144th Memorial Day Parade

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May 30, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Ranzenhofer celebrates Purple Heart "Forever" Stamp

Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer presents a poster, commemorating the introduction of the Purple Heart stamp as a Forever stamp, to Genesee County Veterans Director Hal Kreter and Purple Heart recipients.  The United States Postal Service officially unveiled and issued the Purple Heart Forever stamp on May 5 in San Diego, California. 

May 9, 2011
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Medal of Honor Memorial Ceremony for Civil War Captain William Heermance

Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a memorial ceremony for Civil War Captain William Laing Heermance, the only recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor buried in the City of Yonkers. Organized by the Yonkers Central Veteran's Committee, the annual ceremony took place at Captain Heermance's grave site at Oakland Cemetery, which was discovered six years ago by committee chairman Jack Lotz. The ceremony pays tribute to Captain Heermance's heroic actions at the Battle of Chancellorville, Virginia in 1863 during the American Civil War. During that battle, while serving with Company C, Sixth New York Cavalry, Captain Heermance took command of the regiment as they were surrounded by the enemy.

May 9, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Room 816 LOB

May 10, 1:30 PM - 2:53 PM
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Ranzenhofer celebrates Purple Heart "Forever" stamp

Clarence, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer presents a poster, commemorating the introduction of the Purple Heart stamp as a Forever stamp, to members of the Clarence American Legion –  Post 838.  The United States Postal Service officially unveiled and issued the Purple Heart Forever stamp yesterday in San Diego, California. 

In 2009, Senator Ranzenhofer wrote to Postmaster General John Potter and co-sponsored a legislative resolution requesting the U.S. Postal Service issue the Purple Heart stamp as a permanent Forever stamp.  The new classification ensures the Purple Heart stamp will continue in circulation and supporters will no longer need to advocate to for its reissue each time the price of stamps increases.

May 6, 2011
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