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Senator Morahan Secures Agreement From New State Veterans Chief


County officials had contacted Morahan, a former chairman of the State Senate's Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, as well Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, to express concern that the State had been unwilling to provide county veterans agencies with the ability to communicate information to newly discharged veterans regarding their local benefits and entitlements.

Each local county’s veterans agency will be given the opportunity to develop a cover letter to invite veterans to access benefits and entitlements. According to Colonel (Ret) McDonough, the informational package to Rockland and Orange veterans could be developed, prepared and mailed at state-expense to the homes of returning veterans by mid-January. The letter would encourage the veterans to contact their respective county agency and would provide ample contact information.

“The men and women who have served our country deserve every benefit available to them. A cooperative effort between state and local agencies is a measure to ensure that valuable information regarding benefits is readily accessible to our veterans. We must, as a community, do everything possible to demonstrate our appreciation for their service and sacrifice,” said Jaffee.

New York is home to 1.25 million veterans. Approximately 40,000 residents currently serve in the Armed Forces.