Governor Kathy Hochul on Thursday signed several bills into state law in honor of Veterans Day to provide more support for veterans and their families.
The eight pieces of legislation signed include the requirement that a veteran’s bed residing in a state veterans home be reserved while they receive temporary care at another facility, no interest rate for certain loans and financing programs for businesses owned by disabled veterans; for the Division of Veterans Services to create a searchable database of state veterans memorials, and others.
“We owe our service members much more than gratitude, and it is our responsibility to support them and their families,” Governor Hochul said in a statement. “From waiving fees for veterans organizations to providing interest-free loans, we work hard to remove all barriers to the success of our veterans here in New York. I thank them for protecting our freedoms and I look forward to providing continued support in the future.”
The new rules also allow veterans from the LGBTQ+ community unjustly discharged because of their sexuality to receive Social Security or a state retirement credit for their military service and employers in New York must now post a poster on veterans’ benefits and services in a location accessible to employees, in addition to establishing state commemorative medals for the Vietnam and Korean wars.
“We are grateful to Governor Hochul and the legislature for their continued support and recognition of veterans who have put service above themselves,” said Viviana DeCohen, director of the Division of Veterans Services at the State. “These legislative changes will ensure that we fulfill our mission to help all New York veterans, service members, and their families so they can access all of the benefits they have earned through their military service.”
Hochul issued a proclamation and ordered 17 state monuments to be lit green Thursday night as part of Operation Green Light, which began in the state to recognize veterans and service members from all eras of military service. .
“As veterans ourselves, we understand the sacrifices made by veterans and their families that just saying ‘thank you’ doesn’t seem enough,” said State County Veteran Chairman Michael Middaugh. Service Officers Association and director of the Tioga County Veteran Service. Agency. “Operation Greenlight is a small way that everyone in all of our communities can let our veterans know how much this service and sacrifice means to us and a real way to say thank you! We are honored to partner to Governor Hochul and the Division of Veterans Affairs Services to ‘shine the green light’ of awareness and hope and to honor our heroes who have given so much in service to their country.”