Senator Joe Robach Offers Information on Veterans Casualty Assistance Programs

New York State Senator Joe Robach is pleased to announce that he is offering an informational booklet on Veterans Casualty Assistance Programs.

The informational booklet on Veterans Casualty Assistance Programs contains several sections including access to current forms, military data, burial benefits, and other official documents which may be required to satisfy the requirements of organizations such as U.S. Veterans’ Affairs, The Social Security Administration, and also insurance companies.

These booklets are free and available to the public. For more information, call the office of Senator Joe Robach.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently proposed new legislation establishing a five percent goal in the awarding of State contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. This veterans proposal is supported by Joe Robach. This legislation would expand economic opportunity for veterans by ensuring that New York State is providing every occasion for them to participate fully and equitably in State contracting.

The legislation would create a Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development within the Office of General Services that would administer the program and coordinate with State agencies to help meet the five percent goal.

Every year, the State procures billions of dollars in goods and services for the benefit of the people of New York. The expansion of economic opportunity through the significant purchasing power of the State is but one way to thank service-disabled veterans for their honorable service to our country and to help reintegrate them back into the State’s economy.

Joe Robach said, “Awarding five percent of state contracts to small businesses own by service-disabled veterans, New York is taking another step forward in supporting the brave men and women of the U.S. military. This is a great way to honor the sacrifice of our veterans.”

New York is home to more than 900,000 veterans, 72 percent of whom have served during periods of conflict. Approximately 88,000 New Yorkers served in Afghanistan or Iraq. Additionally, the State is home to approximately 30,000 active duty military personnel, as well as 30,000 National Guard and Reserve personnel.

For more information about this or any other NYS veterans initiative at the state level, contact the office of Joe Robach.


State Senator Joe Robach joined veterans and colleagues at the New York State Capitol to stress the importance of passing the NY Jobs For Heroes Program (S2803B), a concept that was recently supported by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address.

The NY Jobs For Heroes Program, supported by Joe Robach, will create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses in New York State. The legislation mirrors the highly successful federal program that is presently established for a contract set aside. Currently nearly forty other states are successfully using this program. This legislation has repeatedly passed in the Senate since it was introduced in 2007.

For more information on this veterans legislation, please contact the office of Joe Robach.

Senator Joe Robach Supports Veterans on Veterans Day

As the son of a Korean War-era veteran, Senator Joe Robach has made supporting veterans a priority. In support of area veterans, Joe Robach attended various Veterans Day recognition ceremonies throughout the community over Veterans Day weekend.

“These brave men and women put their lives on the line for us on a daily basis, without hesitation or question. I’m truly honored to be able to celebrate Veterans Day with some of our nation’s heroes, and thank them for all that they have done for our great nation,” said Joe Robach.

On Friday, November 8, Joe Robach teamed with Time Warner Cable, the History Channel and the Brighton Central School District to bring Take a Vet to School Day to Brighton High School. This one of a kind event allows students of all ages to hear firsthand about the experiences of war and defending our nation from area veterans. A group of nine area veterans generously volunteered their time to share their inspiring stories with these students.

Joe Robach supported veterans at Veterans Day events in the Town of Greece on Saturday, November 9. First at the Greece Assembly of God Veterans Day breakfast, where he joined Greece residents, veterans and community leaders for prayer and remembrance. The annual veteran’s breakfast is hosted by Pastor Pat Medeiros and is free for veterans to attend. Later that day, Joe Robach supported veterans at the annual Town of Greece Veterans Day recognition ceremony at Greece Town Hall. Joining Town Supervisor John Auberger and other elected officials, Greece residents looked back at the history of the Town of Greece Veterans’ Memorial, watching video of the wall’s dedication ceremony.

On Veterans Day, November 11, Joe Robach supporter Gates veterans at their annual Veterans recognition at Gates Town Hall. Joined by Supervisor Mark Assini and other Gates elected officials, Joe Robach thanked the Gates veterans for their sacrifice and service. “It’s because of you – our veterans – that we are here today, living in a free world and enjoying all of the things our government is able to provide us,” said Robach.

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

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.

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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.

Senator Joe Robach Supports Local World War II Veterans at Honor Flight Program

On Sunday, September 15, Senator Joe Robach supported local World War II veterans by joining the Rochester community in welcoming them home from a trip to Washington, D.C. on the Honor Flight program. This was Honor Flight Rochester’s 30th mission since it first became an Honor Flight hub in June 2008.

As the son of a Korean War-era veteran, Joe Robach takes every opportunity to support local veterans in any way possible, including welcoming them home from the Honor Flight program every chance he gets. Throughout his tenure, Joe Robach has always encouraged veterans to experience this tremendous excursion and has always been an avid supporter of Honor Flight.

“I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to participate in so many Honor Flight welcoming ceremonies since its inaugural flight in 2008,” said Senator Joe Robach. “The veterans of our community help make us who we are; it is our obligation as community members to thank them for all that they’ve done for our nation.”

Honor Flight is a free, two day trip for all veterans, giving preference to World War II and Korean War veterans because of health issues for many of these veterans. The program departs from the Rochester International Airport, flying to Baltimore-Washington International Airport and take veterans on a tour of the Washington-area memorials and monuments, including the World War II Memorial.

Supporting Local Veterans’ Organizations

The Greater Rochester Community is fortunate to be home to many active military veterans and veterans group. This summer, I’ve had the honor to meet with many of our local veterans and attend various veteran events throughout the community.

Recently, a group of local Korean War Veterans got together to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. It was truly an honor for me to be invited to participate in this moving remembrance.

While it’s often referred to as “The Forgotten War,” it’s important for us as a society not to forget our Korean War veterans and the sacrifices they made 60 years ago. As the son of a Korean War-era veteran, I know the sacrifices that these men and women made to protect our nation, keeping it free and prosperous.

On July 27, American Legion Post 468 in the Town of Greece held its second annual Wounded Warriors Benefit Concert. This all-day event featured a variety of bands, a good ole’ fashion barbeque and great company. Money raised during this event is given to the local Wounded Warriors foundation, to assist local veterans in need.

Greece Post 468 did an outstanding job once again planning this tremendous event and giving our veterans the praise they rightfully deserve. This year’s honorees were Cody Coopenberg, Danny Fittos and Christopher Velez. Each of these brave young men proudly served our great nation, defending our liberty and freedom in the post-September 11 War on Terror. We are forever in debt to these three men, and all of our veterans, for defending the free world.

Joe Robach Encourages Residents to Honor Fallen Veteran

Joe Robach knows that the Rochester community has always been extremely supportive when honoring fallen veterans from our area. This past memorial day, Joe Robach was honored to see so many come together and recognize the sacrifice these brave veterans have made for our country, but the respect we pay for them should not partake on this day alone. These heroes deserve to be remembered on a daily basis.

Assemblyman Reilich seeks to do just this for the fallen hero Brian Schramm. He has created the Brian Schramm Post Office Fund in order to raise money to purchase a plaque in memorial in his name. It will be placed on the exterior wall of the post office in Greece.

Brian Schramm was a lifelong resident of Greece who gave his life protecting our countries freedom. After graduating from Olympia High School, he joined the United States Marine Corps. While on his second tour of duty in Iraq, at the age of 22 years old, he lost his life on October 15, 2004.

Donations can be made out to the Brian Schramm United States Post Office Fund and may be dropped off or mailed to any MT&T Bank Branch in the area.

For more information on any veterans issue, contact the office of Joe Robach.