(TRENTON)- Assembly-approved legislation Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Craig J. Coughlin and Jack Conners sponsored to promote donations to a fund that helps the families of New Jersey soldiers called into active duty was advanced Monday by a Senate panel.
The bill (A-2286) would establish the New Jersey National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund and provide for a spot on the state’s gross income tax return to permit taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to the fund.
It was approved 77-0-1 by the Assembly in March and released Monday by the Senate budget panel.
“These families are heroes,” said Johnson (D-Bergen). “They too have sacrificed to defend our freedom, coping while a loved one ships out to faraway places and providing crucial support to our soldiers, even as they struggle financially with lost income and increased stress. The least we can do is offer them our support, too.”
“I am confident that New Jerseyans will be generous enough to donate a few dollars here and there to help these families,” said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “This bill would make it easy to do just that, and that’s a good thing for everyone involved.”
“The fund would provide support to members of the New Jersey National Guard and their families,” said Conners (D-Burlington/Camden). “This support is intended to help members and their families cope during difficult times when a wage-earner has temporarily left civilian employment to be placed on active military duty. The council provides education, counseling and financial planning so the spouses of deployed Guard members have what they need to cope.”