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(TRENTON) — The Assembly Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee on Thursday will conduct its first meeting of the 2010-2011 legislative session. Assemblyman Jack Conners will again serve as committee chair.

The Chairman has invited Major General Glenn K. Rieth, the Adjutant General of the state Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, to update the committee on the Department’s current initiatives.

“I am honored that the Adjutant General will join our committee to discuss his departments efforts and how we in the Legislature can support him in leading New Jersey’s military and veterans personnel,” said Conners (D-Burlington/Camden).

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 in Committee Room 13 of the State House Annex.

The committee will also consider three bills intended to support New Jersey military, veterans and their families:

  • A-1677, sponsored by Assemblymen Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) and Conners, requires state colleges to include links on their websites to access information on educational benefits available to veterans.
  • A-1943, sponsored by Conners and Vice-Chair Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex), would allow the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs (DMAVA) to fundraise and accept donations to purchase a handicap accessible service vehicle to provide outreach services to the handicapped and disabled veterans throughout New Jersey.
  • A-1952, sponsored by Conners, would require the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs to provide a surviving beneficiary of a deceased service member with a comprehensive packet containing information on all federal and State benefits for which the surviving beneficiary may be eligible. The division shall develop the packet and provide all State veterans service offices with a supply of packets for distribution.

“These bills are just the start to what I hope is another productive session in the legislature,” said Conners, who has chaired the committee since 2002. “I look forward to working with Gen. Rieth, other military officials, veterans’ organizations and the community at large, in providing better services for New Jersey’s military, veterans and their families.”

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