Measure Would Allow Taxpayers to Provide Funds for Upkeep of Memorials Honoring NJ Veterans
Legislation Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and Bruce Land sponsored to help increase financial support for New Jersey memorials honoring veterans recently was advanced by an Assembly committee.
The bill (A-770) would allow taxpayers to make voluntary contributions via their gross income tax returns to support the maintenance of state memorials honoring New Jersey’s veterans from the Korean War, the Vietnam War and World War II.
“New Jersey has an indisputable obligation to remember, and pay tribute to, the sacrifices of those who put their lives on the line as part of the United States military,” said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland), a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient who was wounded in Iraq while serving with the U.S. Army. “Giving people the option of honoring that obligation when they file their taxes will encourage them to consider how they can help ensure that our state never forgets the valiant efforts of its veterans.”
“Veterans who served in Vietnam were not welcomed home with open arms, but today, our state’s memorial honoring them is a symbol of New Jersey’s gratitude for those who answered their nation’s call,” said Land (D- Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland), a U.S. Army veteran who was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service in Vietnam. “These memorials, in addition to serving as a means of educating younger generations, remind former service members that the people of New Jersey acknowledge and appreciate their sacrifices.”
The measure would establish the “NJ Memorials to War Veterans Maintenance Fund” in the Department of Treasury. Taxpayers would have the opportunity to indicate on their gross income tax returns that they would like a portion of their tax refund to be deposited into this special fund.
The measure was advanced Monday by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.