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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Andrzejczak, Benson & Wilson Bill to Promote Home Accessibility for Disabled Vets Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation introduced by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Daniel Benson, and Gilbert L "Whip" Wilson that would exempt veterans with disabilities from certain fees for home adaptations that would facilitate mobility in their residences passed the full Assembly, 68-0, on Thursday.

The bill (A-2299) would require municipalities to exempt veterans with service-related disabilities or their caretakers from the entire cost of construction permit surcharge fees or enforcing agency fees for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement done in an effort to increase the home's accessibility.

"To show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in defending our nation's freedom, we ought to do whatever we can to ease New Jersey veterans' transitions to civilian life," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland), a disabled veteran who lost a leg during a grenade attack in Iraq. "By alleviating some of the financial hardship that comes with home modification, this bill will allow our state to express appreciation for those who gave so much of themselves for the sake of this country."

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Andrzejczak, Lagana, Mazzeo & Benson Bill Permitting In-State Tuition Rates for Vets at State Colleges Gains Assembly OK

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Joseph Lagana, Vincent Mazzeo and Daniel R. Benson that would allow veterans attending a public college or university in New Jersey to pay in-state tuition rates was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

The bill (A-3967) provides a veteran or covered individual attending a public institution of higher education in New Jersey while living in New Jersey, regardless of the veteran's or covered individual's state of residence, to be considered a resident of the state for the purpose of determining tuition.

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THURSDAY - Expanded Tuition Equality, Veterans Tuition Assistance, UEZ Boost, Meadowlands Reform, Atlantic City Help & Rutgers Reform Top Assembly Session

Bills to expand tuition equality, provide tuition help for veterans, send more money back to Urban Enterprise Zones, reform Meadowlands tax sharing and governance, help Atlantic City's economy and reform the Rutgers board of trustees top Thursday's Assembly voting session.

Bills to reform New Jersey's expungement laws, create Gold Alerts for missing people with developmental disabilities, establish a motor vehicle surcharge payment plan, ban unsolicited text ads and checks, require ATM operators to disclose balance inquiry fees, expand use of DNA as crime evidence, eliminate consumer data collection requirements for gift cards and limit access to motor vehicle recording data are also to be considered...

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Andrzejczak, Mazzeo, Johnson, Pinkin & DeAngelo Bill to Require DMVA to Encourage NJ Service Members to Register with the V.A. Continues Advancing

Asm. Bob Andrzejczak Assembly approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, Gordon Johnson, Nancy Pinkin and Wayne DeAngelo to require the state to encourage returning service members to register with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and to facilitate the registration continues advancing.

"Returning veterans deserve support and access to every resource we can provide and, by encouraging them to register we will be able to do just that," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland)...

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Eustace, Andrzejczak, DeAngelo & Sumter Bill to Allow Veterans to File for Unemployment Benefits Online OK'd by Assembly

Asm. Tim Eustace Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Bob Andrzejczak, Wayne DeAngelo and Shavonda Sumter to ensure that all claimants have the same access unemployment benefits online was approved 76-0 Monday by the Assembly. Currently, claimants who served in the military, worked in government or worked outside of the state can only apply over the telephone or in person.

"Currently policy neglects to provide veterans and others the same conveniences in filing for UI benefits as other residents," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "All claimants in New Jersey should have equal access to all unemployment benefits filing options, especially those who have fought for this country..."

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Mazzeo, Eustace, Johnson, Wilson & Moriarty Bill to Establish Scholarship Fund for Families of Soldiers Lost, Missing & Disabled in Action Clears Assembly

Asm. Vince Mazzeo Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Vincent Mazzeo, Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson, Whip Wilson and Paul Moriarty to provide scholarships to the children of military personnel who have died, become permanently disabled or are missing in action was approved unanimously Monday by the Assembly.

"Military families are our nation's real unsung heroes," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "We know that freedom isn't free and it's only fitting that we honor the sacrifices of those who have worn the uniform by helping their children and spouses attain their highest educational goals."

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