Seward Meets with Veterans

James L. Seward

February 25, 2020

Senator James L. Seward welcomes Otsego County veterans from Richfield Springs Post 616 to Albany during the American Legion Department of New York annual legislative day. From left, Daniel Kocienda, Paul Zesewitz, Senator Seward, Leo Mackin Jr., Albert Peterson, Wayne Dunkel.

ALBANY, 02/25/20 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) met today in Albany with American Legion representatives from throughout the 51st Senate District.  The meeting was part of the American Legion Department of New York annual legislative day.

“Our proud servicemen and women make great sacrifices defending our rights and freedoms,” said Senator Seward.  “I was pleased to discuss their concerns and learn more about legislation supported by the American Legion.  Now it’s my turn to go to work for our veterans and take action on measures that will better their lives – they’ve earned that consideration and so much more.” 

Senator James L. Seward welcomes American Legion New York State Department Commander Michael McDermott from Homer Post 465 to Albany during the American Legion Department of New York annual legislative day.
Senator James L. Seward welcomes American Legion New York State Department Commander Michael McDermott from Homer Post 465 to Albany during the American Legion Department of New York annual legislative day.

A long-standing advocate for veterans, Senator Seward has fought for laws to assist veterans and helped secure state budget funding to support valuable services from mental health counseling to job training and many other helpful topics. 

Now, as the state budget debate intensifies, Senator Seward will again be advocating for funding to support vital programs important to veterans. 

From left, Senator Seward, Schoharie County Veterans’ Service Officer Eilene Fisher, Wells M. Farr, Assemblyman Chris Tague.  From left, Senator Seward, Schoharie County Veterans’ Service Officer Eilene Fisher, Wells M. Farr, Assemblyman Chris Tague.

“One issue that stands out is the tragic increase in the number of suicides among our veterans.  While some steps have been taken, it is clear that more state support is needed to help our veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues,” Seward concluded.

  

 

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