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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Lagana Introduces Bill to Boost Jobs, Workforce Training for Military Veterans in STEM Fields

(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Joseph Lagana (D-Bergen, Passaic) has introduced legislation that would support the development of manufacturing jobs and workforce training for New Jersey veterans in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"Today's veteran soldiers are more exposed to high-tech systems than any prior generation," Lagana said. "Many know how to operate aerial drones, satellites, and can build and repair robotics systems. Veterans have the professional experience and technical skill set that New Jersey's employers look for when building their workforce."

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Mazzeo: Aiding families of N.J.'s fallen soldiers through college scholarships

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) had the following published recently in the Newark Star-Ledger:

"For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer. For the families of those dedicated men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to uphold the freedom of this great nation, however, the last Monday in May is a time to mourn.

"Before the barbecues and trips to the beach, let us all consider how we can fulfill our collective duty to honor not only America's fallen heroes, but the family members who carry on in their absence.

"Since the 'Military Dependents Scholarship Fund Act' was introduced last year, the New Jersey Legislature has been working toward one very important means of fulfilling this duty.

"With the cost of a college degree rising and middle-class household incomes remaining stagnant in New Jersey, students have a much harder time unlocking the door to good jobs in our state than their counterparts from a generation ago. As a father of two college-age children, I understand that navigating the complex system of loans and grants often required to finance an education can be frustrating for everyone involved. As a legislator, I believe wholeheartedly that -- after all they have been through -- the families of those New Jerseyans who perished for our nation's sake deserve a reprieve from this process as a small token of our gratitude..."

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*** WEDNESDAY ADVISORY *** Diegnan & NJ Department of Military & Veteran Affairs Unveil "Patriot's Corner" in Honor of NJ's Active Soldiers

Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) and the state Department of Military and Veteran Affairs will host a ceremony on Wednesday to unveil the new "Patriot's Corner" plaque in the State House in honor of all New Jersey residents currently serving in the United States Armed Forces and the New Jersey Army National Guard.

Diegnan sponsored the law to create the permanent State House tribute to New Jersey's men and women in uniform. The monument was funded by private donations.

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