Please join me in making a special effort to honor the courage, dedication and commitment shown by all of our Veterans. They are true heroes that are deserving of our respect and admiration each and every day. Because of their dedication and service, the United States remains a beacon of freedom and liberty to the entire world. Thank you for your service to our great nation and god bless America.
Senate Majority Coaltion Leader Dean Skelos today joined with Senators Lee Zeldin, Charles Fuschillo, Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino, and Kemp Hannon, as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Nassau County.
While too many people continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we must join together in making a special effort to honor the courage, dedication and commitment shown by all of our Veterans. They are true heroes that are deserving of our respect and admiration each and every day.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos today praised a new state law, which he supported, to make it easier for people to identify themselves as veterans by requiring a separate line on New York State Drivers Licenses or Identification Cards to indicate veteran status.
Often times, veterans do not have an easily available source of identification to prove their status. With this new law, veterans who submit the proper paperwork, such as a DD Form 214, will be provided a new line on the New York State Drivers License or non-driver ID that indicates he or she is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
Senator Skelos and Senator Larkin are pictured next to the Purple Heart Monument during a tour of the Purple Heart Hall of Honor last week. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of America's servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented.
Earlier today, Senator Skelos met with local veterans from Nassau County to discuss issues such as what can be done to help homeless veterans, the Cold War Program, and the Flag Etiquette Program in schools.
Memorial Day may be a time where we enjoy quality time with friends and family, but we must never forget that those privileges have been fought for and defended by countless heroes, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.
Without them and their selfless dedication, none of what we are so lucky to have in America would be possible.
This Monday, it is important that we remember the great sacrifices that our military personnel have given to our nation. There is no greater service a citizen can give to their country than to place their life on the line so that our freedoms and democratic principles remain intact.
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As your Senator, I am always looking for positive, meaningful ways to show how much we value the service of New York State's heroic veterans. Below are just a few examples of important initiatives and opportunities that help us honor and support these courageous men and women.