Archive for Tag: military & veterans

Bergen fights for better veterans’ benefits in Assembly, Dems block motions

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brian Bergen, a former Apache pilot in Operation Iraqi Freedom, argued that Democrat-sponsored legislation in the Assembly on Thursday didn’t provide ample benefits for service-disabled veterans. “I’m standing up before you today, because I believe what we are doing here today is not enough,” Bergen...

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Bill waiving professional licensing, app fees for active duty military spouses and dependents passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s legislative efforts to make New Jersey more military friendly advanced on Thursday when the Assembly passed his bill to waive occupational licensing and application fees for active duty dependents and spouses.  “This bill gives New Jersey one more opportunity to put out the welcome...

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Dancer bill waiving professional licensing, app fees for active duty spouses and dependents clears committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s efforts to make New Jersey more military friendly continued on Thursday when an Assembly panel passed his bill to waive occupational licensing and application fees for active duty dependents and spouses.  “This bill gives New Jersey one more opportunity to put out the welcome...

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Army-veteran lawmaker slams state agencies for failing vet-owned businesses, calls for consequential changes

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brian Bergen, a former Apache fighter pilot during Operation Iraqi Freedom, says a report released Monday showing New Jersey failed to award disabled veteran-owned businesses statutorily required state contracts demands an immediate response and swift corrective action. “New Jersey state agencies are mandated to do...

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Assembly panel approves expanding Gold Star ID cards to more military family

TRENTON, N.J. – Additional relatives of military members who died during active duty could soon qualify for Gold Star identification cards under a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and passed by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today. The bill (A1455) expands the Gold Star parent identification...

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Dancer bill protecting disabled veterans’ federal student loan debt from state income taxes advances

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Monday took action to assure disabled veterans that their federally-discharged student loan debt would not be subject to state income taxes by moving a measure sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer since 2019. The bill (A655) codifies that New...

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Dancer’s bill hiking penalties for “stolen valor” heading to governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer is calling for tough penalties for misrepresenting oneself as a member or veteran of the armed forces or organized militia. His bill setting new penalties passed the full Assembly Monday. His bill (A1121) would keep the current third-degree crime with a minimum fine...

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Dancer’s bill hiking penalties for “stolen valor” passes Assembly committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer is calling for tough penalties for misrepresenting oneself as a member or veteran of the armed forces or organized militia. His bill setting new penalties was released by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday. His bill (A1121) would keep the current third-degree crime with...

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Rooney introduces bill recognizing ‘Veterans Suicide Awareness & Remembrance Day’

TRENTON, N.J. – Since 2010, the United States has lost more military members to suicide than deaths from the Vietnam War and post-9/11 combat deaths combined. An average of 22 active troops and veterans take their own lives daily. The continued stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide prevents many...

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Bergen pushes for proportional property tax exemption for disabled veterans

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brian Bergen testified before the state Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on Monday in support of his legislation giving service-disabled veterans a property tax discount that matches their military disability rating.  WATCH: Bergen pushes for proportional property tax exemption for disabled veterans“This is...

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