Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs

The Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee is responsible for monitoring all segments of state military preparedness, the National Guard and issues that pertain to veterans and their service.
Democratic Research Aide:  Ben A. Graziano   
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Chairwoman Tucker Hosts New Jersey's First African-American Adjutant General, Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale

Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Chair Cleopatra G. Tucker hosted a reception honoring New Jersey's first African-American Adjutant General, Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) on Wednesday.

"I am excited and honored to have the privilege of welcoming this history-maker back to our city," said Tucker (D-Essex). "While a student at Kean University, Brigadier General Beale made Newark his home, and we still claim him as one of our own. He is a shining example of a soldier who is proudly serving our state and nation. This is our way of thanking him and recognizing his stellar military career."

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Bills Granting Priority College Course Registration to Military Service Members and Veterans, Academic Credit to Certain Veterans Clears Assembly Committee

Making the path to higher education easier for New Jersey service members and veterans, two bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats assisting with college course registration and earning credit for their skills were advanced by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Monday.

The first bill (A-790), known as the "Combat to College Act," and sponsored by legislators Bob Andrzejczak, R. Bruce Land, Gabriela Mosquera, Raj Mukherji, Joann Downey, Andrew Zwicker and Vincent Mazzeo, provides military service members and veterans living in New Jersey and attending a public institution of higher education with priority status when registering for courses. The priority registration benefit would apply to current military service members serving on active duty and to veterans honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances. This registration procedure would occur using the same methods as those used by other segments of the student population, if any, for priority registration purposes at the institution.

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