The Senate recognizes that veterans, whether from recent conflicts or great wars of the past, are responsible for safeguarding the freedoms we all enjoy today. Through the Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson and Senator Eric L. Adams, Chair of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, the Senate is developing policies and programs that assist, support, promote, and honor New York’s heroes; below are stories and announcements concerning these efforts.
Sergeant Bourque was inducted into the State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame in June
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – In recognition of the sacrifices made by Western New York veterans to build and preserve our nation, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced he has invited Army Sergeant Sandra Jablonski Bourque to join him in sharing the honor of grand marshal of the Cheektowaga Independence Day Parade.
Sergeant Bourque, a Depew resident and veteran of the Iraq War, will lead the parade alongside Senator Kennedy, who nominated Bourque for induction into the State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame this year.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that he is holding an event to help connect Veterans to the services and support they earned while serving our great nation. Senator Kennedy’s Veterans Outreach Fair will be Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Pvt. Leonard Post V.F.W. Post at 2450 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga.
Senator Kennedy invites Veterans from throughout Western New York to attend the event. Because space is limited at the Pvt. Leonard Post V.F.W. Post, all who would like to attend are asked to RSVP by calling Senator Kennedy’s office at 716-826-2683.
Senator awards, posthumously, New York State Medal for Merit to Cheektowaga man who earned recognition in World War II but did not receive medal prior to passing
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, held an event Friday to help connect Veterans to the services and support they earned while serving our great nation. Over 200 Veterans visited Cheektowaga’s Pvt. Leonard Post V.F.W. Post to attend Senator Kennedy’s Veterans Outreach Fair and learn more about resources available to them.
Senator Kennedy presents Walter Casheba with honors he earned during Vietnam War
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – U.S. Army Veteran and Cheektowaga resident Walter Casheba served during the Vietnam War as an Army Security Agent. In this critically important assignment, Mr. Casheba was charged with the dangerous mission of intercepting enemy intelligence on the front lines.
For his distinguished service, Mr. Casheba earned prestigious honors from New York State, but he has waited 44 years to receive his medals. After contacting Senator Tim Kennedy’s office for help in securing his medals, Mr. Casheba will finally be awarded the state medals he bravely earned in Vietnam.
Kennedy-sponsored legislation approved to stop impersonators who try to cheat the system and steal from veterans
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, passed legislation through the State Senate to crackdown on the impersonation of disabled veteran vendors. Under this bill, offenders who defraud veterans and the public by pretending to be service-disabled-veteran business owners can be punished with time behind bars.
Efforts ongoing to construct Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at Buffalo Naval Park.
Senator Kennedy pushing for Hispanic-American Veterans commemorative postage stamp.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – With Independence Day coming up tomorrow, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, and several prominent community leaders are joining forces to spread awareness of the many contributions of Hispanic-American Veterans. Efforts are underway to construct a Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, but more work remains before the monument can be completed.
Kennedy wants new legislation that will help military families live more comfortably and make ends meet, after making great sacrifices for state and nation.
Kennedy’s bills will provide tuition assistance for children whose parents served in armed forces, help vets and their families cover property tax bills, boost veterans’ access civil-service jobs.
Kennedy: Entire families bear the burden of sacrifice when a son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother is called to duty to protect our freedom and security. Our state must do more to support military families.
After contacting Kennedy for help, Buffalo resident Bob Lucia finally gains access to state medals he earned while serving in Korea.
Veterans who may have earned but not yet received medals of recognition from New York State are encouraged to contact Senator Kennedy’s office.
Kennedy: The Korean War came to an end 60 years ago today, and it’s fitting that on this day – after 60 years of waiting – Corporal Lucia is finally granted the honors he earned for his valiant service in Korea.