SENATE, JOE ROBACH PASS BILL TO AWARD HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS TO VETERANS THIS SESSION

The New York State Senate AND Joe Robach passed legislation (S6292) that would make all veterans eligible for “Operation Recognition,” which allows veterans to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in the military.
Operation Recognition, which is a nationwide effort, currently allows honorably discharged veterans of World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam wars, to receive their high school diploma. This legislation would expand eligibility for this program to all military service veterans who served in the United States military and did not complete their education after their term of service.

“Thousands of veterans left high school to serve in the armed forces. Their sacrifice ensured our freedom,” Senator Joe Robach said. “After their service, many of these veterans were not able to finish high school for various reasons, but they are leading productive lives and building our communities and they deserve our full support. This bill would give all veterans the opportunity to receive their High School diploma if they so desire.”

The bill was sent to the Assembly. For more information on veterans issues, contact the office of Joe Robach

SENATE, JOE ROBACH GIVE FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL CREATING A HOMELESS VETERANS ASSISTANCE FUND

Joe Robach and the New York State Senate today gave final passage to a measure that will create a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to support military servicemen and women who need help with housing. The bill allows New Yorkers to contribute to the fund when filing their personal income taxes.

Joe Robach said, “Every veteran deserves proper access to whatever care and services they need. Enabling residents to donate to this new fund to help homeless veterans is another way to ensure we support our American heroes in their time of need. I thank my colleagues for supporting this legislation.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that there were approximately 57,849 homeless veterans on a single night in January 2013 in the United States. The V.A. lists a number of factors leading to veterans becoming homeless, including poverty, lack of support from family or friends, substance use, or mental health challenges that may develop or worsen as a result of trauma they experience while serving.

This measure creates the Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to assist and care for homeless veterans with housing and housing-related expenses, as determined by the New York State Department of Veterans Affairs. To facilitate contributions, the fund would have a place on the state’s personal income tax return. New Yorkers electing to support the fund can make contributions in any dollar amount.

For more information about this or any other Senate veterans initiatives, contact the office of Joe Robach.

Senator Joe Robach Honors John Foy with Induction into New York State Veterans Hall of Fame

State Senator Joe Robach is proud to announce the induction of John Foy, an active member in the Rochester veteran community, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 20. This honor is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the community and their accomplishments as a civilian.

“The New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame gives special recognition to distinguished individuals as a way to express our deep gratitude and admiration” says Senator Joe Robach. “John has dedicated his life to serving this nation, his comrades and his community, and is most deserving of this great honor.”

John served in the United States Army as a front line machine gunner in the Battle of Northern France and then went on to serve in the Battle of the Bulge. It was at the Battle of the Bulge that his division helped to relieve the 101st Airborne Division surrounded in Bastogne, fought through the Siegfried line and across the Mosel and Rhine rivers. They continued to fight all the way across Germany to Czechoslovakia where they met the Russian army at the end of the war. John was wounded three times but recovered and continued to serve. His infantry company of two hundred soldiers lost a total of eighty men and over one hundred were wounded.

Mr. Foy was awarded the Bronze Star, Conspicuous Service Cross, Combat Infantry medal, a Presidential Citation, European Campaign, American Defense, Victory Medal and several other campaign awards.

John is the co-founder of the local Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge group. He will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy later this year, where he will also visit the battlegrounds of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Mr. Foy was inducted into the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Tuesday May, 20 at 11:00 a.m. in the Legislative Office Buiding. Each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special on-line exhibit proclaiming the contributions of these exemplary New York Veterans.