This legislative session Joe Robach and the State Senate passed several initiatives to support veterans and those actively in the military.  Some of the veterans initiatives supported by Joe Robach this session include:

Hire A Vet Tax Credit – The Senate’s New Jobs-NY job creation program included an enhanced tax credit of up to $10,000 to any business that hires a veteran returning home from military service.

Disabled Veterans - The Senate passed legislation that would give greater access to state contracts to veterans who were disabled during their service. The bill would codify for New York an identical and highly successful program adopted for federal contracting.  Given the increase in the number of veterans and disabled veterans due to recent overseas conflicts, this bill would provide a small measure of recognition that this group of selfless men and women deserve.

Veteran Cemetery Markers – The Senate passed a bill that would prohibit the unauthorized sale of veteran cemetery markers that are over 75 years old, and would create the new crime of desecration of a veteran cemetery plot, grave or burial place.

Military Marriages – The Senate approved a measure, sponsored by Joe Robach, that waives the 24-hour waiting period for military members to get married after receiving a marriage license. This would apply to military members who are scheduled for deployment in less than 30 days.

For more information on veteran related issues, contact Joe Robach.


Joe Robach supports many important initiatives for veterans.  One such initiative is Operation Recognition. 

Operation Recognition certifies that WWII, Korean War and Vietnam veterans whose education was interrupted are entitled to receive their high school diplomas.  There is no fee for this service and no additional requirements beyond having attended a New York State school and served in the armed forces during wartime.  It is important to know that that a veteran can receive the diploma even after they have died – the child or spouse of a veteran may apply on the veteran’s behalf and accept a posthumous diploma.  Joe Robach believes that it is very important that veterans who served our country during these critical times in American history deserve their degree. 

Joe Robach wants to remind you that qualifying veterans must present one of the following as evidence of their service and service dates:

  • DD214 which is the Defense Department discharge form.  WD AGO Form 53-55 is also acceptable.
  • Honorable Discharge Certificate.  For persons discharged prior to the implementation of the DD214, this may be the only evidence. 
  • Special Discharge from the Coast Guard or Merchant  Marines.  Recently, individuals who served as merchant mariners in World War II were recognized as veterans of that war.  They are included in this initiative. 

For more information contact the office of Joe Robach.

Joe Robach honors 1000th Honor Flight Veteran

Joe Robach and the entire New York State Senate are extremely proud to honor the 1000+ veterans who have participated in the Honor Flight in Rochester, New York.  In late May, Mission 22 of Honor Flight lifted off en route to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial.  Joe Robach has joined with many veterans over the years in honoring the many great men and women who fought so bravely during such a horrific war.

In addition to visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Honor Flight veterans also visit the Arlington National Cemetery.  In two short years, Rochester alone has sent over 1000 veterans to visit Washington.  There are upcoming Honor Flights as well this summer.  Flights depart on June 16th, September 8th and 22nd and also October 20th.  Senator Joe Robach understands the importance of this organization and is very proud to join with other local representatives in honoring such a tremendous group of local veterans.

Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all they have given to our country.  The initial flight took place in May of 2005 in Ohio.  At the time, six small planes took the veterans to see the memorial.  This year alone, over 18,000 veterans from across the country have had the privilege to visit Washington at no cost.  Joe Robach understands that we must continue to support these great agencies to ensure  one day they will be able to visit their memorial in our nation’s capital.

Joe Robach has continued his support for not only World War II era veterans, but modern day vets as well.  Recently, the State Senate passed legislation (s.2423).  This bill would give greater access to state contracts to veterans who were disabled during their service. The bill is currently awaiting approval in the State Assembly.  Joe Robach and the State Senate have also passed a bill waiving the 24 hour waiting period for military members to get married.