Senator Joe Robach Helps Dedicate Post Office to Fallen Greece Marine

Senator Joe Robach was honored to be on hand on October 24 for the dedication of the Greece Branch of the United States Post Office in remembrance of a fallen U.S. Marine, Lance Corporal Brian Schramm. Joe Robach was there in support of veterans and the Schramm family, which has done so much for the Greece community.

Brian Schramm is a 2001 graduate of Greece Olympia High School. Upon graduation, Brian enlisted in to the United State Marine Corps, fulfilling his life’s dream. On October 15, 2004, while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq, Brian was tragically killed during an enemy attack.

“Brian Schramm is truly a hero to our community and our nation. He is someone who gave everything to protect American interest and defend our liberty and freedom,” said Joe Robach. “I was humbled to be invited to be part of this moving ceremony. The Greece community will always remember the sacrifice made by Brian Schramm.”

Joe Robach has always been an avid supporter of our nation’s veterans, that support was evident with the completion of this dedication. At the dedication, Joe Robach spoke of the importance of supporting our veterans, but also about the importance of supporting the families of our veterans.

To learn more about Lance Corporal Brian Schramm, visit www.brianschramm.com.

Joe Robach Announces Veterans Designation Now Available on NYS License

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering qualified veterans the option of having their status as a veteran displayed on their New York State driver’s license, permit or non-driver ID car. Senator Joe Robach supported this veteran’s legislation that was signed by the Governor last year.

“Our veterans have risked their lives for the greater-good of our nation so we can continue to live free and prosperous. We should do everything in our power to repay them for the sacrifices they make on a day-to-day basis,” said Joe Robach. “This legislation will make it easier for our veterans to receive the benefits they are entitled to.”

Joe Robach has continued to support veterans and active servicemen and servicewomen, and is pleased that New York State has taken this step to further help veterans take full advantage of the benefits they receive. “Many businesses across New York offer veteran discounts. This new option makes it easier and more convenient for veterans to receive those benefits statewide,” said Robach.

In order to obtain this status from the DMV, applicants should mark the appropriate box on the application form (MV-44 or MV-2) and show their original Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214) that states they received an Honorable Discharge. There is no additional fee for qualified veterans to receive this status. However, regular fees for still apply.

To learn about more ways Senator Joe Robach has supported veterans, please visit www.joerobachveterans.com.

Joe Robach Wishes Safe Return to New York Soldiers Deploying to Kuwait

Senator Joe Robach would like to thank the men and women of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion who have department for Fort Hood, Texas to begin training for their deployment to Kuwait later this year. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the deployment of 350 New York National Guard soldiers earlier today.

Senator Joe Robach is proud to say that troops from Rochester, NY are part of the 350 National Guard soldiers that are beginning their latest mission. In addition to those from Rochester, the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion has troopers based at facilities in Farmingdale, Dunkirk and Olean.

 “Supporting our veterans and active military personnel has always been extremely important to me, not just as an elected representative, but as someone who cares about our country and those who defend it,” said Senator Joe Robach. “It can’t be easy for anyone to leave have to leave their families for an extended period of time, yet they do it so selflessly so we can have the freedoms and liberties we have today.”

The New York Army National Guard’s aviation units have deployed to locations in Honduras, Bosnia and Iraq in support of U.S. military missions there. They have also carried out missions here in the United States in response to the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Joe Robach is proud of New York’s Army National Guard troops and vows to continue to support them in any way possible.

For more information about the deployment of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion contact the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs Public Affairs Office at (518) 786-4581.