MILITARY COMM APPROVES DECROCE BILL GIVING BENEFITS TO VETERANS
TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation allowing veterans who served in the National Guard to access military benefits today passed the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
Under the bill (A3455), sponsored by Assemblyman Sean Kean and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, the guard’s honorable discharge form qualifies as proof of military service and can be used to get a county veteran’s ID card.
“A county identification is the key to many important benefits,” said Kean (R-Monmouth). “Right now, you need to have discharge papers from the U.S. Armed Forces to get a county ID. There are thousands of former guardsmen in the state that may be missing out on benefits they earned and deserve.”
There are more than 8,300 guardsmen enlisted in the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard.
“This will make it easier for them to get benefits they need to live and thrive in New Jersey,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). “The state takes great pride in the programs and services available to our veterans. Former members of the guard should be able to take advantage of them, too.”