In an effort to honor Veterans Day, Senator Joe Robach has partnered with Time Warner Cable, The History Channel and Greece Athena Middle School to host ‘Take A Vet To School Day’. This is a nationwide cable initiative that links veterans of all ages with young people in our schools and communities.
On November 9, approximately 600 Athena Middle School students will assemble to listen to the experience of four local veterans. The panel of veterans will discuss their service during wartime and what it is like to be in the armed forces. There will be veterans representing different branches of the service as well as different times in history. Senator Joe Robach will serve as the moderator for the event.
Senator Joe Robach stated “It is because of our veterans that Americans have the privilege to choose their career, pursue an education and enjoy the many basic freedoms that so many take for granted every day. There is no more important way to learn about our history then by hearing the firsthand accounts of the brave individuals who serve. I applaud the veterans who are participating in this event today and am confident that their stories will impact these students in a very positive way.”
For more information on veterans issues, contact the office of Joe Robach.
Today Joe Robach announced that Governor has signed SENATE Bill 6799 into law which requires that New York State Drivers Licenses or Identification Cards indicate the card holder is a veteran of the armed forces.
To gain this distinct honor, veterans must present proof of veteran’s status, such as a certificate of release or discharge from active duty, including, but not limited to, a DD Form 214 or other proof satisfactory to the Commissioner. Providers of veterans services at the state, local and even the federal level, do not currently have the ability to reach out to the veterans population, effectively or accurately. This driver’s license “check-off” will now allow the State of New York to finally communicate with the vast majority of veterans living in New York State.
This pro – veterans legislation was supported by Joe Robach and pass unianimously by the Senate last Legislative Session. Many businesses also offer discounts to veterans, and often time’s veterans do not have an easily available source of identification to prove their status. This bill will finally provide an ID card that is easy to carry, and is uniformly recognized. In the meantime, DMV will revise its application forms and make other accommodations to handle requests for a status mark. In addition, the review of documents supporting an honorable discharge from the armed forces will be an additional task for DMV staff during the license renewal process, and license renewals for those requesting a mark will be processed manually. Currently, routine renewals are processed automatically.
For more information about any veteran issue at the state level, contact Joe Robach.