New Jersey Assembly Democrats:DeAngelo, Quijano, Andrzejczak & Wilson Bill to Establish Fund for Veterans Organizations Clears Panel

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DeAngelo, Quijano, Andrzejczak & Wilson Bill to Establish Fund for Veterans Organizations Clears Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne P. DeAngelo, Annette Quijano, Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak and Whip Wilson that would allow New Jersey taxpayers to make donations to nonprofit veterans organizations via their gross income tax returns received approval on Thursday from an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-2313) would establish the Fund for the Support of New Jersey Nonprofit Veterans Organizations, to which taxpayers may indicate they would like to donate on their tax returns. An annual grant program drawing from contributions to the fund would assist private nonprofit veterans organizations in providing programs and services for veterans. Many such organizations have experienced financial hardship due to the recent economic downturn.

"Organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Marine Corps League are sources of support and community for veterans in New Jersey," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "With this bill, we show our appreciation for those who have given so much for the sake of the people of this state and this nation."

"As more troops return from Afghanistan over the next few years, veterans organizations will play a vital role in their transition to civilian life," said Quijano (D-Union). "Giving New Jersey residents a means to contribute to this cause will facilitate their display of gratitude for these veterans and all the patriotic men and women before them who have demonstrated their commitment to our nation's freedom."

"Our nation's veterans have put their lives on the line in defense of the United States of America," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland), a U.S. Army veteran who was wounded while serving in Iraq. "This bill will help ensure that New Jersey residents may express their appreciation for all veterans, no matter when or where they served."

"Veterans organizations provide ways for those who served to connect with one another," said Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester), a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam and Thailand. "This legislation will help foster those bonds and honor the men and women who were willing to make great sacrifices for this nation."

The bill was released by the Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee and referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further review.

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