VETERAN PROTECTIONS: As Memorial Day approaches, the Senate majority passed legislation to improve the services and protections afforded to New York’s veterans.
The bill includes measures to improve veterans’ support, such as starting a study from CUNY and SUNY on the availability of campus services, as well as programs and resources for veteran students and clarifying the definition of “veteran” for tax purposes.
The legislation also considers veterans’ wishes to be buried in a state veterans’ cemetery by authorizing close friends or family members to request that option on their behalf.
“This package is just another step that New York State is taking to actively support our veterans the way that they have always supported us,” Sen. Jessica Scarcella-Spanton, chair of the Veterans Committee, said in a statement. — Eleonora Francica