Eight bills were signed into law on Thursday by Governor Kathy Hochul in honor of Veterans Day.
These laws will help provide more support to veterans and their families. While each law supports a different thing, all of them come together to support veterans.
Just a few of these bills will make things easier for vets. One will make it so a veteran living in a veterans’ home will not lose their bed if they visit a different facility for care. Another will get rid of the interest rate for specific loans. Some programs will be financed for vets that own businesses. A searchable database will be created for finding all state veterans memorials by the Division of Veterans’ Services.
In a statement shared by Hochul, she explained that the goal was to “remove any obstacles in the way of veterans’ success in New York.”
Another law will protect veterans who are part of the LGBTQ+ community from being unfairly discharged due to their sexuality. They will be able to receive their Social Security and state retirement funds for their services just like everyone else entitled to the benefits. Employers are now required to display a poster that shows veterans’ benefits and services in a place accessible to employees. Finally, state commemorative medals will be established for the Vietnam and Korean Wars.
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