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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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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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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Bramnick pays tribute to veterans on Veterans Day

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick commemorated American heroes on Veterans Day. “We salute our veterans for their selfless service to our nation,” said Bramnick (R-Union).  “We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common...

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DeCroce push to increase annual payments to disabled war veterans advances

TRENTON, N.J. – In advance of Veterans Day, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce’s measure to increase annual payments to blind and other wartime-service disabled veterans was unanimously approved by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Monday. Under the bill (A2559), service members in programs for blind and paralyzed veterans would...

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Taking the best ideas across the county, Army-veteran lawmaker introduces sweeping veterans package

TRENTON, N.J. – In the past few years, New Jersey has honored its veterans with free beach access, hunting and fishing licenses, and hiring preferences for civil service jobs. A veteran lawmaker thinks it is time to quit what he calls the “soft-shoe” approach. Assemblyman Brian Bergen, who was...

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Governor signs DePhillips’ bill creating Global War on Terrorism Medal

TRENTON, N.J. – Recognizing our brave veterans who fought for the country after the Sept. 11 attacks, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips’ legislation today creating a New Jersey Global War on Terrorism Medal. “The men and women of the military who stepped up after 9/11 have fought,...

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Committee clears DePhillips bill creating Global War on Terrorism Medal

TRENTON, N.J. – Veterans who fought for the country after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks could be eligible for a New Jersey Global War on Terrorism Medal under bill (A2131) cleared by a legislative committee today and sponsored by Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips. “The brave men and women in the...

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Peters, Bergen introduce resolution creating Gold Star Father’s Appreciation Day statewide

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblymen Ryan Peters and Brian Bergen will introduce a resolution (AJR73) to designate the last Sunday in January every year as Gold Star Father’s Appreciation Day statewide. “It is important for us to recognize Gold Star fathers and show appreciation for the sacrifice their sons or daughters...

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