Archive for Tag: Veterans

Assembly advances bill addressing firefighter eligibility for Guard members and reservists called to active duty

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly on Monday passed a bill allowing members of the National Guard and military reserve called to active duty to remain age-eligible for civil service firefighter positions. The bill, sponsored by Assemblymen Parker Space and Alex Sauickie, would provide parity with existing law that offers...

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Pro bono legal program for active-duty military and vets clears committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Jay Webber’s bill creating a “Military Pro Bono Program” for active-duty and reserve service members and veterans needing legal representation in civil law cases cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Thursday. “When service members or veterans return home from serving our country and are faced with...

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Wirths and Peterson call on VA to establish center in northwest NJ

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs committee on Thursday advanced a resolution urging the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a vet center in northwestern New Jersey. Forty thousand veterans in Morris, Sussex, Warren, and Hunterdon counties must travel 50 miles or more in state...

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Matsikoudis bill helping veterans transition to licensed practical nursing careers clears committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis’ bill allowing honorably discharged veterans with certain medical training to more quickly enter the health care field as licensed practical nurses passed the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday. The bill, Matsikoudis says, addresses the state’s critical nursing shortages and helps veterans...

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Guard members and reservists called to active duty retain civil service firefighter eligibility under Space bill passed by committee

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday passed a bill allowing members of the National Guard and military reserve called to active duty to remain age-eligible for civil service firefighter positions. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space, would provide parity with existing law...

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Bergen introduces six more bills to help New Jersey veterans

TRENTON, N.J. – Keeping his promise to make New Jersey the best state for veterans to live, work and play, Assemblyman Brian Bergen introduced six new pieces of legislation Thursday to accomplish that mission. The latest measures cutting property and income taxes, boosting jobs, and increasing veteran mental health...

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Bill banning body armor possession could have consequences for veterans and schoolchildren

TRENTON, N.J. – Republican members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee slammed Democrats for moving a bill banning body armor possession that could carry criminal consequences for veterans and prohibit parents from buying bulletproof backpacks. Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Morris), holding up his U.S. Army-issued body armor he wore as an...

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DiMaio says restitution for veterans Covid deaths doesn’t equal resolution

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader-Elect John DiMaio says the state’s settlement with 119 families of veterans who died of Covid-19 in state-run homes is a first step, not a substitution for answers and accountability. “It is rather convenient that this news breaks just as the governor jets off...

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Teacher, mayor, assemblywoman, Jersey girl: This is DiAnne Gove

TRENTON, N.J. – Her parents planted deep roots after World War II on Long Beach Island. And for her entire life, that’s where Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove flourished. The youngest of three children – and the only daughter – Gove grew in her love of the Jersey Shore and public...

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Bill would allow veterans to coach high school sports

TRENTON, N.J. – Famed college basketball coach John Wooden observed that good coaches can change a game, but great coaches can change a life. In the diamond, Lower Cape May Regional High School graduate Ryan Lewis forged such a bond with his varsity baseball coach Ryan Slaney, whose care...

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