S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
May 6, 2013
Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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 executive law, in relation to a veteran speaker
education program within the division of veterans' affairs
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature hereby
finds that the defining moments of our nation's history came in wartime,
especially during the great conflicts of the twentieth century and the
beginning of the twenty-first century. The legislature further maintains
that it is imperative that all of society, and particularly young
people, be aware of the contributions of those who participated in these
conflicts as members of the armed forces.
These men and women established a remarkable record of service and
sacrifice. They were ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things
to preserve and protect our nation and its cherished freedoms. Their
personal accounts, which constitute a valuable historical record, are in
danger of being lost forever as these individuals pass away. The legis-
lature, therefore, has determined that it is necessary and appropriate
to take steps to help encourage greater knowledge and appreciation of
veterans, particularly in our schools.
In this regard, many states have already enacted school-based programs
honoring those who served in the military. The legislature now finds
and declares that New York should make available to students, teachers
and administrators in public and private schools a new resource that
will encourage greater understanding and appreciation of the contrib-
ution of veterans.
S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 353-a to
read as follows:
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
S. 5030 2
S 353-A. VETERAN SPEAKER EDUCATION PROGRAM. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTAB-
LISHED WITHIN THE DIVISION A VETERAN SPEAKER EDUCATION PROGRAM TO BE
DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED BY THE DIRECTOR IN CONSULTATION WITH THE
DIRECTOR OF THE NEW YORK STATE MILITARY MUSEUM AND VETERANS RESOURCE
CENTER AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. SUCH
PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITHIN THIS STATE WITH A LISTING
OF AVAILABLE VETERAN SPEAKERS WILLING TO VISIT CLASSROOMS FOR THE
PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING THEIR MILITARY EXPERIENCE.
2. THE DIVISION, FROM ITS AVAILABLE RESOURCES, SHALL DEVELOP AN INFOR-
MATIONAL PAMPHLET TO BE DISTRIBUTED EITHER BY MAIL OR ELECTRONICALLY TO
SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHICH PROVIDES A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM
INCLUDING ITS PURPOSE AND HOW TO PARTICIPATE. THE DIVISION SHALL, IN
CONSULTATION WITH CONGRESSIONALLY CHARTERED VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS AND
LOCAL VETERANS SERVICES AGENCIES, APPOINT AND CREATE A LISTING OF VETER-
AN SPEAKERS COORDINATORS FOR EACH COUNTY OF THE STATE WHO SHALL BE LIST-
ED IN THE INFORMATIONAL PAMPHLET. THE VETERAN SPEAKERS COORDINATORS'
DUTIES SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO CONTACTING VETERANS WHO
RESIDE IN THEIR COUNTY INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE
VETERAN'S ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM AT THE NEW YORK STATE MILITARY MUSEUM OR
THE WEST POINT ORAL HISTORY PROJECT OR THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT OF
THE AMERICAN FOLKLORE CENTER OR ANY SIMILAR ORAL HISTORY PROJECT WITH
INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM AND INQUIRING AS TO WHETHER SUCH PERSONS
WOULD BE WILLING TO PARTICIPATE AS SPEAKERS OR IN ANY OTHER CAPACITY.
THE LISTING SHALL INCLUDE THE NAMES AND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SUCH
VETERANS INCLUDING INFORMATION DESCRIBING THE TYPE OF MILITARY SERVICE
PERFORMED BY EACH SUCH PERSON, THE TIME AND LENGTH OF SERVICE, GEOGRAPH-
IC AREA OR AREAS WHERE SUCH PERSON SERVED AND RANK. THE VETERAN SPEAK-
ERS COORDINATORS SHALL ANNUALLY UPDATE SUCH INFORMATION REGARDING THE
AVAILABILITY OF SUCH VETERANS.
3. NO TEACHER OR VETERAN SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS
PROGRAM. ANY TEACHER WHO WISHES TO SUPPLEMENT HIS OR HER CLASSROOM
INSTRUCTION CONCERNING A PARTICULAR ERA IN AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY MAY
CONTACT A PARTICIPATING VETERAN PERSONALLY TO REQUEST THAT SUCH PERSON
VISIT A CLASSROOM TO DISCUSS HIS OR HER MILITARY EXPERIENCE. A TEACHER
SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASCERTAINING THE APPROPRIATENESS OF ANY
PROPOSED SPEAKER BASED UPON THE AGE OF THE CHILDREN AND THE INTENDED
SUBJECT MATTER. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE INTENDED TO SUPERSEDE
ANY PARTICULAR OR GENERAL SCHOOL RULES OR REGULATIONS OR OTHER LAWS
RELATING TO CURRICULUM.
4. THE DIVISION SHALL REQUIRE A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE VETERAN'S
DISCHARGE PAPERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VETERAN SPEAKER PROGRAM. SUCH
FORM SHALL BE FILED WITH THE DIVISION TO SERVE AS EVIDENCE THAT SUCH
PERSON IS A VETERAN WHO SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY HONORABLY.
5. THE DIVISION SHALL IMPLEMENT A PROCEDURE FOR EVALUATIONS OF EACH
SPEAKER TO BE COMPLETED BY TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, AND MAINTAIN SUCH
EVALUATIONS AND MAKE THEM AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO OTHER TEACHERS WHO
PLAN TO PARTICIPATE.
6. THE DIVISION MAY CONSULT WITH OTHER VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS AND ANY
BRANCH OF THE U.S. MILITARY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PROGRAM.
S 3. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a
law, provided that any rules and regulations necessary for the implemen-
tation of this act on its effective date shall be promulgated on or
before such date.