Joe Robach and the New York State Senate recently welcomed cadets, staff and veterans from the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of an annual day of recognition. In honor of the celebration, the Senate and Joe Robach passed several bills focusing on helping veterans obtain jobs and protect their rights.

West Point Day provides an opportunity for the Legislature to meet distinguished cadets and officers from the Military Academy and show appreciation for their service. The historic educational institution perched on the Hudson River is a source of tremendous pride for New Yorkers, and its graduates have gone on to become presidents and our nation’s top military leaders. The Senate adopted a resolution recognizing West Point’s contributions to our state and nation and acted on legislation focused on veterans’ issues.

A bill (S.4262), supported by Joe Robach, allows veterans who have received combat decorations to be provided with additional credit towards civil service employment was passed by the Senate on West Point day. This would reward those who acted bravely as they seek to reenter the job market.

Two other pieces of legislation were also passed on West Point Day which seek to provide veterans with additional credit towards civil service exams. Legislation (S.1311), supported by Joe Robach, allows veterans to receive additional civil service credit if they become classified as a veteran with a disability after taking the exam. Legislation (S.3406) allows qualified veterans to add veterans’ credits to civil service competitive examination scores at any point prior to the expiration of the eligible list, including those examinations for appointments and promotions to the state police.

West Point Day is a way for Senators, like Joe Robach, to thank cadets and veterans for their tremendous service.  Each of these Cadets will soon lead young men and women from all corners of the country and our trust as a nation and the trust of parents around the country will soon be squarely on their shoulders. West Point, like all the service academies, represents the best of America. Cadets come in from every sector of American life, every religion, every race and every region. They share every challenging day from that day forward, their hair is shaved, and their uniforms are the same. From the very day they walk through the door they are simply judged upon the content of their character and their ability. West Point represents the very essence of American upward mobility and opportunity.

The bills will be sent to the Assembly for consideration.  For more information, contact the office of Joe Robach.