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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Wednesday - Assembly Committees to Consider Issues Facing Women Veterans

The Assembly Women and Children Committee and the Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee will meet jointly Wednesday to consider issues facing women veterans. The Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee will also consider legislation. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Committee Room 11 on the 4th Floor of the State House Annex in Trenton.

The committees will receive testimony on issues such as the creation of a website for women veterans that would include information on legal rights, veteran benefits, medical resources, educational resources, tuition assistance and transition services. They will also consider testimony on establishment of a program to provide transportation assistance to women veterans attending counseling programs...

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Assembly Approves DeAngelo, Quijano, Andrzejczak & Wilson Bill to Establish Fund for Veterans Organizations

Legislation Would Allow Donations through Gross Income Tax Returns
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne P. DeAngelo, Annette Quijano, Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak and Whip Wilson to allow New Jersey taxpayers to make donations to nonprofit veterans' organizations via their gross income tax returns was recently approved by the full Assembly, 77-0.

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."

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Johnson, DeAngelo, & Andrzejczak Bill to Allow Children of Active Duty Military to Stay in Same School Advances in Assembly

Measure Would Permit Children to Remain in Same District Regardless of Where Parent is Deployed on Active Duty
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon M. Johnson, Wayne DeAngelo, and Bob Andrzejczak that would allow the children of reservists or National Guard members called to active duty to remain in the same school district regardless of active duty relocations was recently approved by an Assembly panel.

"Being called up to active duty is stressful on everyone, especially for children who are routinely uprooted when their mother or father's orders come in," said Johnson (D-Bergen), a Retired Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. "Allowing children of active duty reservists to stay enrolled in the same school, regardless of where their parents are stationed would help mitigate that stress."

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8-Bill Higher Education Affordability & Reform Package Tops Thursday Assembly Session

Sports Gaming, Expanding Mammogram Availability, Prescription Drug Safety & Improving Energy Infrastructure Also on Tap
Bills to Promote ALS and Veterans Donations & Cut Red Tape Also Set

An 8-bill higher education affordability and reform package - including bills to freeze tuition, improve cost certainty for families, boost accountability, crackdown on sexual assault on campus and regulate for-profit institutions - top Thursday's Assembly voting session.

Legislation to eliminate sports gaming prohibition, ensure mammograms are available to women under 40 who lack access to family medical history due to adoption, study the state's energy infrastructure needs and expand a prescription drug safety program are also to be considered...

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Andrzejczak, Mazzeo, Johnson, Pinkin & DeAngelo Bill to Require DMVA to Register NJ Service Members Advances in Assembly

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel recently approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, Gordon Johnson, Nancy Pinkin and Wayne DeAngelo to register service members living in New Jersey.

Sponsors said the legislation aims to ensure returning veterans receive information on benefits and resources coordinated by the NJDMVA or its federal counterpart.

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

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