senate Bill S3956

Establishes the "cold war veterans medal" for members of the armed forces or organized militia serving during such war

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 10 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 14 / Mar / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.210
  • 15 / Mar / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 16 / Mar / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS' AFFAIRS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 18 / Jan / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Establishes the "cold war veterans medal" for members of the armed forces or organized militia serving at any time during the period April 16, 1947 through December 21, 1991.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3956
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Military Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง247, Mil L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3956

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the military law, in relation to providing for the "cold war
veterans medal" to be granted to certain veterans

PURPOSE:
This bill would establish the "cold war veterans medal" for members
of the armed forces or organized militia serving during such war.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends Section 247 of the military law by adding a new subdivision
1-b, which would authorize the Governor to present in the name of the
Legislature of the State of New York, a military decoration, to be
known as the "Cold War Service Medal."

JUSTIFICATION:
In 1988 the United States Government recognized the contribution of
its armed forces and their sacrifices during the Cold War with a
Certificate of Recognition that had to be requested from the
Department of Defense. No federal campaign medal exists to recognize
the dedicated participation of those service members who "stood watch"
in the cause of promoting world peace and stability, and who also
participated in hundreds of military exercises and operations that
occurred between the start of the Cold War on September 2, 1945 and
the end of the Cold War on December 26, 1991. The United States
Government has not authorized or recognized a Cold War Medal
dedicated to the service of these veterans who sacrificed so much,
many of whom performed actions and duties still shrouded in secrecy
so that they receive and maintain no identity as Cold War Veterans.
These thousands of New York State Cold War Veterans prevented
communist world domination and nuclear war. Therefore, it is fitting
that these service members who served honorably during this era
receive proper state recognition for their efforts in the form of a
State Cold War medal.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.5650/A.5156-A of 2008, Veto Memo 20 of 2008.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3956

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the military law, in relation to providing for the "cold
  war veterans medal" to be granted to certain veterans

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Subdivisions 1-a and 4 of section 247 of the military law,
subdivision 1-a as added and subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 184  of
the laws of 1998, are amended and a new subdivision 1-b is added to read
as follows:
  1-a.  The  governor is hereby authorized to present in the name of the
legislature of the state of New York, a military decoration, to be known
as the "conspicuous  service  star",  bearing  a  suitable  inscription,
device,  and  ribbon,  all  of which shall be of suitable design, to any
person (i) who is a citizen of the state of New York or (ii) who  was  a
citizen  of  the  state of New York while serving in the armed forces of
the United States, and who, while serving in  the  United  States  Armed
Forces,  defined as army, air force, navy, marine corps, or coast guard,
has, or shall have received a United States unit level decoration denot-
ing combat participation and foreign unit awards, issued from a company,
regimental, brigade, or division commander, or equivalent naval unit, or
issued by the President of the United States, the Congress of the United
States, the United States Defense Department  or  the  joint  chiefs  of
staff,  such  as,  but not limited to, a presidential unit citation or a
joint meritorious unit award. Not more than one conspicuous service star
shall be issued to any one person; nor shall any citation be awarded  or
presented, under the provisions of this subdivision, to any person whose
entire  service subsequent to the time of the receipt of such star shall
not have been honorable. For each succeeding star  as  provided  herein,
such  person shall be entitled to wear, as the [chief of staff] ADJUTANT

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09873-01-1

S. 3956                             2

GENERAL of the state may direct, a ribbon whose color and  design  shall
be selected by the division of [miliary] MILITARY AND NAVAL affairs.  In
the event of the death of any person during or subsequent to the receipt
of such citation the conspicuous service star shall be presented to such
representative  of  the  deceased  as  may  be designated. The [chief of
staff] ADJUTANT GENERAL shall make such rules and regulations as may  be
deemed  necessary  for  the proper presentation and distribution of such
decorations.
  1-B. THE GOVERNOR IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PRESENT IN THE NAME  OF  THE
LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, A MILITARY DECORATION, TO BE KNOWN
AS THE "COLD WAR VETERANS MEDAL", BEARING A SUITABLE INSCRIPTION, DEVICE
AND  RIBBON, ALL OF WHICH SHALL BE OF SUITABLE DESIGN, TO ANY PERSON (I)
WHO IS A CITIZEN OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK OR (II) WHO WAS A  CITIZEN  OF
THE  STATE  OF  NEW YORK WHILE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED
STATES, DEFINED AS THE ARMY, AIR FORCE,  NAVY,  MARINE  CORPS  OR  COAST
GUARD,  OR  THE ORGANIZED MILITIA, AT ANY TIME DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN
APRIL  SIXTEENTH,  NINETEEN   HUNDRED   FORTY-SEVEN   THROUGH   DECEMBER
TWENTY-FIRST,  NINETEEN  HUNDRED NINETY-ONE.  NOT MORE THAN ONE COLD WAR
VETERANS MEDAL SHALL BE ISSUED TO ANY ONE PERSON; NOR SHALL ANY CITATION
BE AWARDED OR PRESENTED, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION,  TO
ANY PERSON WHOSE ENTIRE SERVICE SUBSEQUENT TO THE TIME OF THE RECEIPT OF
SUCH  MEDAL  SHALL  NOT  HAVE  BEEN HONORABLE. FOR EACH SUCCEEDING MEDAL
PRESENTED AS PROVIDED IN THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH PERSON SHALL BE ENTITLED
TO WEAR, AS THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE STATE MAY DIRECT, A RIBBON WHOSE
COLOR AND DESIGN SHALL BE SELECTED BY THE DIVISION OF MILITARY AND NAVAL
AFFAIRS. IN THE EVENT OF THE DEATH OF ANY PERSON DURING OR SUBSEQUENT TO
THE RECEIPT OF SUCH CITATION  THE  COLD  WAR  VETERANS  MEDAL  SHALL  BE
PRESENTED  TO  SUCH REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DECEASED AS MAY BE DESIGNATED.
THE ADJUTANT GENERAL SHALL MAKE SUCH RULES AND  REGULATIONS  AS  MAY  BE
DEEMED  NECESSARY  FOR  THE PROPER PRESENTATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF SUCH
DECORATIONS.
  4. This section shall not be construed to require that a recipient  of
the  conspicuous service cross [or], the conspicuous service star OR THE
COLD WAR VETERANS MEDAL has been a resident of the state of New York  at
the  time  of  his  or her entry into the United States army, air force,
navy, marine corps, COAST GUARD or nurses corps.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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