Archive for Tag: military & veterans

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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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 Dancer bill allowing ashes of veteran family members to be buried in military cemeteries

TRENTON, N.J. – The unclaimed ashes of a veteran’s spouse or dependent can now be united with the service member in a military cemetery under legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and signed into law this week. “Husbands and wives are usually buried together in private cemeteries and our...

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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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Dancer introduces pro-veteran bills increasing oversight in state-run homes and more

TRENTON, N.J. – Protecting vulnerable veterans in state-run homes is a top priority for Assemblyman Ron Dancer who introduced several bills on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day that advance veterans’ safety, health and housing. His first bill (A5108) would create an independent inspector general to investigate complaints concerning policies and...

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