New York state lawmakers want the State University of New York and City University of New York systems to conduct a review of the available resources on campuses for veterans under legislation approved this week in the state Senate.
Lawmakers in the Senate advanced a pacakge of measures designed to aid veterans ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
"In honor of Memorial Day, we are proud to advance legislation that will further support our Veteran community and protect their best interests," Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. "Although Memorial Day comes once a year, our reverence for those who have served is ongoing. In remembrance of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, we will continue to make our state more accommodating for the Veterans who remain, by promoting policies that expand their access to services, protect their livelihoods, and uphold their dignity. I want to thank the bill sponsors for putting forth this crucial legislation, and I also thank all those who have answered the highest call to defend this country.”
If approved, a report on campus services available to veterans would be due to the governor and Legislature within one year. Officials would also be required to recommend how services for veterans could be improved.
The measure was approved as part of a package of provisions on Wednesday for veterans, including allowing close friends and family members to adhere to veterans' burial wishes, notify local veteran agencies and organizations about a member's return and clarify tax breaks meant to benefit veterans.