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.
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Assembly Oks Mazzeo, Andrzejczak, Lagana, Mukherji, Tucker & Garcia Bill to Create "NJ Stolen Valor Act" to Crack Down on Those Who Falsely Impersonate Veterans & Active Duty Military
Bill Inspired by Recent Spate of Imposters Caught on Video Impersonating Military Personnel(TRENTON) - The General Assembly approved legislation on Thursday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Bob Andrzejczak, Joseph Lagana, Raj Mukherji, Cleopatra Tucker and Carmelo G. Garcia to crack down on individuals who demean members of the U.S. Armed Forces by falsely impersonating veterans or active duty military in order to try and receive various perks.
The bill was inspired by recent reports of a growing trend in which veterans and active-duty troops record people they believe are faking military service, often times to try and receive various perks, and post the results on social media. In one of the most recent videos, which has received nearly five million hits on YouTube, a veteran at the Oxford Valley Mall in Pennsylvania questions a man in army fatigues who claims to have served in Afghanistan and Iraq as a member of the elite Army Rangers, but clearly appears unfamiliar with proper military protocol.
"Anyone who attempts to obtain any financial benefit or perks by knowingly lying about their military or veteran status really stoops to a new low," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "These examples of Stolen Valor demean those who have served in the military and those who have sacrificed and lost their lives in defense of our nation. It is my hope that this legislation and its harsh penalties will help dissuade anyone from continuing this heinous practice."
Andrzejczak & Mazzeo Measure Honoring Coast Guard & Cape May Base Approved by Assembly
Resolution Will Designate First Week in August as "Coast Guard Week"The General Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a measure sponsored by Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and Vince Mazzeo designating the first week in August of each year as "Coast Guard Week" to honor the military branch's countless contributions to the State of New Jersey.
The resolution (AJR-100) also honors the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May for its designation as the fifth largest base in the Coast Guard, the sole accession point for the entire enlisted workforce, and the only recruit training center in the nation.
THURSDAY - Testing Opt-Out, Pollution Settlements, Prescription Drug Monitoring, Atlantic City UEZ, Improving Medical Marijuana Program & Displaced Casino Worker Job Training Highlight Thursday Assembly SessionLottery Couriers Budget Transparency, Economic Incentive Study, Stolen Valor Act, Student Steroid Abuse, Elderly Care, School Breakfast & Motor Vehicle Data Privacy Bills Also on Tap
Legislation to allow parents to opt their children out of standardized testing, require more money from pollution settlements be used for clean-up and extend the public comment period for pollution settlements, improve prescription drug monitoring to curb abuse, bring an Urban Enterprise Zone and property tax relief to Atlantic City, improving the medical marijuana program and provide training to displaced casino workers highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session...
Wimberly, Singleton, Sumter & Jimenez Introduce Bill to Allow National Guard & Reserve Members Second Chance at Law Enforcement, Firefighter Jobs
Military Residents Who Have Passed the Civil Service Exam but Deployment Postponed the Fulfilling of Remaining Employment Requirements(TRENTON) - Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Troy Singleton, Shavonda E. Sumter and Angelica Jimenez recently introduced legislation to offer a second opportunity at employment to a member of the National Guard or the Reserves who could not accept a position as a police officer or firefighter because of service to the nation.
"Active duty assignments often derail plans for reserve and guard members who apply to join the police or fire department," said Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic). "When they are not fulfilling the part-time obligations of the reserves and the guard, we could use them here on our front lines as first responders."
Assembly Panel OK's Andrzejczak & DeAngelo Bill to Establish Voluntary Taxpayer Deduction for NJ National Guard and Reserves(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak and Wayne DeAngelo to allow taxpayers to voluntarily contribute money to help New Jersey military personnel and families in need of assistance is advancing was recently approved by an Assembly panel.
"Far too often the families of the brave men and women sacrificing to defend this country suffer financial and other difficulties because a provider is off on active duty," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland). "This would be a voluntary and simple way to help those families in need. It's the least we can do to lend a helping hand to those defending our freedom."
Andrzejczak, Benson Bill to Encourage Students to Honor & Assist Veterans and Active Duty Member OK'd by Assembly PanelLegislation Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland) and Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) sponsored to encourage students to help honor or assist veterans and active duty members of the Armed Forces or National Guard was recently approved by an Assembly panel.
"Attending a ceremony honoring a veteran or active duty member, or helping a veteran at a hospital or food shelter, has immeasurable educational value," said Andrzejczak, who was a sergeant in the United States Army and was injured during a deployment to Iraq. "Students can learn tremendously from our veterans and active duty members, all of whom have so much to teach about service to our nation, personal commitment or history, among the many, many possibilities."
Andrzejczak, Lagana, Mazzeo, Johnson & Benson Bill Permitting In-State Tuition Rates for Vets at NJ Colleges Now LawLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Joseph Lagana, Vincent Mazzeo, Gordon Johnson and Dan Benson to allow veterans attending a public college or university in New Jersey to pay in-state tuition rates has been signed into law.
"For my fellow veterans, the transition to civilian life can be challenging," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland), a U.S. Army veteran who served and was wounded in Iraq. "With this law, we'll rightfully be giving veterans a helping hand and showing respect for their sacrifices and bravery in protecting our freedoms. An education is the road to a better future, so let's make it easier for our veterans - who have given so much to our country - to obtain one."