Joe Robach Announces New Veterans Initiatives at the End of Legislative Session

Joe Robach believes that this year’s session brings good news for New York’s veterans.

In particular, the Senate and Joe Robach approved funding for the following veterans programs:

  • $3.2 million for the Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer-to-Peer Program;
  • $800,000 for post traumatic stress treatment and support;
  • $500,000 for the NYS Defenders Association Veteran’s Defense Program;
  • $250,000 for Veterans Outreach Center in Monroe County;
  • $100,000 for the Veterans Justice Project

Joe Robach will continue his unwavering support for our nation’s service men and women.  For more information on veterans issues, contact Joe Robach’s office.

Joe Robach Veterans | Fishing License Bill


Joe Robach has long been a supporter of our veterans and military personnel. The New York State Senate recently passed S.3029, supported by Senator Joe Robach, to exempt members of the US armed forces who are on active duty military leave from requirements for fishing licenses and associated fees.

“Our service men and women sacrifice a great deal to defend our way of life and the least we can do to show our thanks is help them enjoy the great outdoors freely when visiting New York on leave,” said Joe Robach. “The 56th District is home to some of the best fishing anywhere, and my hope is that this bill will help our military personnel enjoy some well-deserved time away out on the water.”

Currently, an active service member of the United States armed forces visiting family in New York State while on leave or furlough cannot fish without first obtaining an out-of-state fishing license. Active service members are therefore limited in the time they get to spend on leave and further limited by licensing requirements required to fish while visiting New York. This bill will allow these active service members to fish freely as if they held a fishing license.

For more information on this initiative or veterans issues, contact the office of Joe Robach.



New York State announced the launch of a new online portal that will provide veterans the tools they need to connect with temporary employment opportunities offered by New York State. The website enables job seekers to upload resumes and designate geographic preferences, which State agencies then use to identify and consider candidates for open positions throughout New York. This is a service that Senator Joe Robach is encouraging veterans to use.

The Veterans Temporary Hiring Program offers opportunities for temporary employment in positions such as a disaster assistance representative, transportation construction inspector and highway maintenance worker, as well as seasonal positions, such as a lifeguard and tax information aide. The online portal can be accessed through the Department of Civil Service’s website.

Eligibility for the Veterans Temporary Hiring Program is limited to veterans with a Department of Defense Form 214. In general, applicants must have served on active duty in the United States Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard or the Reserve Components of the Armed Forces of the United States, or served in active military service of the United States as a member of the Army National Guard, or Air National Guard. Veterans serving in the State’s volunteer New York Guard or New York Naval Militia who have a DD Form 214 are also eligible. Applicants with a DD Form 214 must have been released from service after September 11, 2001. Applicants with a dishonorable discharge are not eligible.

Applicants will be required to provide their DD Form 214 to prove eligibility for this program.

For more information on state support for our veterans, contact the office of Joe Robach.


Earlier this week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined with men and women from around the community to commemorate Veterans Day. Senator Joe Robach attend various events across Monroe County, Rochester and his district to honor the sacrifice of the men and women who chose to serve their nation in the armed forces. Amongst the events being held this past week, the Town of Gates hosted a service at their town hall for veterans, the Monroe County American Legion held their annual luncheon, the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge held their annual remembrance ceremony, the Town of Brighton held their annual ceremony for Veterans at the their Veterans Memorial site at Buckland Park and there was a Veterans Day Concert sponsored by the Greece Performing Arts Society at the Athena Performing Arts Center. There were also other numerous community events on Veterans Day itself and in the days leading up to it.

Senator Joe Robach took the time at each Veterans Day event to not only thank the men and women who have served, but to remember the sacrifice of all those who supported a member of the armed forces in their family or community. Many of Americas sons and daughter sacrificed their time, sometimes their lives, to ensure that America remained a place where all men are created equal and that we continue to cherish our freedoms. Through days like Veterans Day we are able to say thank you for their service and their sacrifice.


New York State announced the launch of the online State Recruitment Resources Center, which will serve as the central online employment recruitment location for job seekers who are certified eligible for participation in the Governor’s Program to Hire Persons and Veterans With Disabilities. The website enables job seekers to upload their resume and transcript, and also provides application information regarding disability certification, so that they can be best connected with employment opportunities at State agencies.
The Recruitment Resources Center is available from the Department of Civil Service’s website.

The NYS Program to Hire Persons and Veterans With Disabilities, known as the 55-b and 55-c programs, respectively, allows qualified persons and veterans with disabilities to be appointed to entry-level competitive civil service positions without a written examination. New York State’s Civil Service Law designates 1,200 entry level positions for the 55-b program for persons with disabilities. Further, Joe Robach says that State law provides for 500 entry level positions under the 55-c program specifically for veterans with disabilities.
The first step in the program is to apply for certification with the Department of Civil Service’s Employee Health Service. Once applicants have been certified for the 55-b or 55-c programs, they can submit their information in one place online indicating employment history, academic achievements, as well as geographic location preferences for State employment. State agencies will use the 55 b/c Recruitment Resources Center to identify candidates for entry level positions.

For more information on others veterans initiatives, please contact Joe Robach.


The New York State Senate AND Joe Robach passed legislation (S6292) that would make all veterans eligible for “Operation Recognition,” which allows veterans to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in the military.
Operation Recognition, which is a nationwide effort, currently allows honorably discharged veterans of World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam wars, to receive their high school diploma. This legislation would expand eligibility for this program to all military service veterans who served in the United States military and did not complete their education after their term of service.

“Thousands of veterans left high school to serve in the armed forces. Their sacrifice ensured our freedom,” Senator Joe Robach said. “After their service, many of these veterans were not able to finish high school for various reasons, but they are leading productive lives and building our communities and they deserve our full support. This bill would give all veterans the opportunity to receive their High School diploma if they so desire.”

The bill was sent to the Assembly. For more information on veterans issues, contact the office of Joe Robach


Joe Robach and the New York State Senate today gave final passage to a measure that will create a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to support military servicemen and women who need help with housing. The bill allows New Yorkers to contribute to the fund when filing their personal income taxes.

Joe Robach said, “Every veteran deserves proper access to whatever care and services they need. Enabling residents to donate to this new fund to help homeless veterans is another way to ensure we support our American heroes in their time of need. I thank my colleagues for supporting this legislation.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that there were approximately 57,849 homeless veterans on a single night in January 2013 in the United States. The V.A. lists a number of factors leading to veterans becoming homeless, including poverty, lack of support from family or friends, substance use, or mental health challenges that may develop or worsen as a result of trauma they experience while serving.

This measure creates the Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to assist and care for homeless veterans with housing and housing-related expenses, as determined by the New York State Department of Veterans Affairs. To facilitate contributions, the fund would have a place on the state’s personal income tax return. New Yorkers electing to support the fund can make contributions in any dollar amount.

For more information about this or any other Senate veterans initiatives, contact the office of Joe Robach.

Senator Joe Robach Honors John Foy with Induction into New York State Veterans Hall of Fame

State Senator Joe Robach is proud to announce the induction of John Foy, an active member in the Rochester veteran community, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 20. This honor is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the community and their accomplishments as a civilian.

“The New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame gives special recognition to distinguished individuals as a way to express our deep gratitude and admiration” says Senator Joe Robach. “John has dedicated his life to serving this nation, his comrades and his community, and is most deserving of this great honor.”

John served in the United States Army as a front line machine gunner in the Battle of Northern France and then went on to serve in the Battle of the Bulge. It was at the Battle of the Bulge that his division helped to relieve the 101st Airborne Division surrounded in Bastogne, fought through the Siegfried line and across the Mosel and Rhine rivers. They continued to fight all the way across Germany to Czechoslovakia where they met the Russian army at the end of the war. John was wounded three times but recovered and continued to serve. His infantry company of two hundred soldiers lost a total of eighty men and over one hundred were wounded.

Mr. Foy was awarded the Bronze Star, Conspicuous Service Cross, Combat Infantry medal, a Presidential Citation, European Campaign, American Defense, Victory Medal and several other campaign awards.

John is the co-founder of the local Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge group. He will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy later this year, where he will also visit the battlegrounds of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Mr. Foy was inducted into the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Tuesday May, 20 at 11:00 a.m. in the Legislative Office Buiding. Each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special on-line exhibit proclaiming the contributions of these exemplary New York Veterans.


Joe Robach announced a new state certificate for the more than 900,000 New Yorkers who served in the military during the Cold War. The New York State Cold War Certificate honors the service of New Yorkers who served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard along with their reserve components, as well as the Army and Air National Guard during the 46-year standoff between the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies and the Soviet Union and its Communist allies.

The New York State Cold War Certificate is available to any New York resident who served in the military and was honorably discharged between the end of the Second World War on Sept. 2, 1945 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union on Dec. 26, 1991.

The certificate states, “In recognition of your service during the period of the Cold War, 2 September 1945 -26 December 1991, in protecting peace and stability for this Nation, the people of the state of New York are forever grateful.”

The certificate can be obtained from the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, which is responsible for administering New York state military awards.

Applicants can prove their service with a DD 214, indicating an honorable discharge or a discharge in honorable circumstances from active duty, an NGB Form 22, indicating either an honorable discharge or a discharge in honorable circumstances from the Army or Air National Guard, or a WD AGO Form 53-55 issued by the War Department prior to the creation of the Department of Defense.

Information on how to apply for the New York State Cold War Certificate can be found on the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs awards website here: or by calling 518-591-5296.

For more information about this certificates or any other state veterans issue, please contact the office of Joe Robach.

Senator Joe Robach Offers Information on Veterans Casualty Assistance Programs

New York State Senator Joe Robach is pleased to announce that he is offering an informational booklet on Veterans Casualty Assistance Programs.

The informational booklet on Veterans Casualty Assistance Programs contains several sections including access to current forms, military data, burial benefits, and other official documents which may be required to satisfy the requirements of organizations such as U.S. Veterans’ Affairs, The Social Security Administration, and also insurance companies.

These booklets are free and available to the public. For more information, call the office of Senator Joe Robach.