JOE ROBACH SUPPORTED PATRIOT PLAN TO ASSIST VETERANS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL

Joe Robach believes that New York’s veterans who answer our Nation’s call to military duty to protect our freedom should not be penalized in their civil life.  Joe Robach and the Senate are unwavering in their commitment to support military personnel, their families and veterans.

When the NY National Guard or US Reserve units are activated, often on short notice, numerous questions arise before, during, and after any mobilization.  Topics may run the gamut, from reemployment rights upon return, to the consequences of missing tax filing deadlines or mortgage payments while away.  In an effort to provide additional benefits and protections for military families and veterans, Joe Robach was pleased to support the “Patriot Plan.”  This law will serve as a model for the rest of the nation in providing our brave serviceman and women and their families with the additional support and protections they need and deserve.  Specifically, this law will assist troops and their families who face potential added expenses and disruptions caused by being called to active duty in the nation’s ongoing war against terrorism, including protection against military status discrimination; heath insurance benefits; educational military leave of absence and tuition relief; merit scholarship program; electronic transfer of paychecks; waiver of license fee renewals; supplemental pay; and discount telephone rates and video conferencing.   

In addition, on the Federal level, laws such as the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, the State SSCRA and the Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment ACT were enacted to minimize hardships that may result when loved one are called to active duty.  The SSCRA allows military members to suspend and postpone certain civil obligations, including cap on interest rates, termination of auto leases, protection from eviction, income tax filing extension, continuation of health benefits, nonlapse of life insurance policies and postponement of mortgage default.

 If you or anyone you know needs further assistance on veteran issues, please contact Joe Robach’s office.