Cuomo signs series of bills aiding veterans

November 11, 2017 06:10 PM

NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent his Veterans Day announcing new legislation aimed to help those who have served in the armed forces.

Cuomo signed five new bills Saturday morning. The bills include:

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  • Adding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a qualifying condition in New York's medical marijuana program;
  • Providing combat veterans employed by the State with additional days of paid leave to obtain health services, counseling and access to other benefits;
  • Waiving the civil service examination fee for veterans who were honorably discharged; 
  • Requiring the Department of State and Division of Military and Naval Affairs to maintain a public list of all not-for-profit corporations that solicit funds for the armed forces of the United States; and
  • Directing the Office of General Services to set aside a publicly accessible location within the State Capitol building for a POW/MIA chair and plaque to honor those veterans who have not yet returned home.  

Cuomo says the state and the country have not been doing enough to give back to its service members.

“In many ways, I think this country has not reciprocated," he said. "What we've said to the veterans is we appreciate your service and when you come back home we'll be there for you. And I don't think that promise has been fully fulfilled by this country. And hopefully that will change.”

In addition to the services, Cuomo also announced a series of custom, branch specific New York license plates available to veterans who fought in those branches.


WNYT Staff

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