The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and Senate Budget Appropriations Committee advanced bills sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to expand support for military personnel deployed during a time of war, as well as veterans living across New Jersey.
The first of the bills, S-1325, would ensure that New Jersey residents currently enlisted in any branch of the armed services can defer property tax payments that become due during a period of deployment for active duty service.
“New Jersey is home to thousands of brave men and women who are making tremendous sacrifices to serve our country, often leaving behind families who struggle to make ends meet,” Senator Bucco said. “While we have taken great strides to demonstrate our unwavering support for America’s troops, we must do more to support their loved ones here at home. Easing this financial burden will ensure that those who support our nation’s heroes receive the relief, care and assistance they deserve.”
— Sen. Anthony Bucco (@tonybucco) January 7, 2016
The second bill, S-1666, ensures that veterans can easily acquire copies of honorable discharge papers previously filed with a county clerk. Currently, veterans can file honorable discharge papers with the clerk for safekeeping, but the law is silent on how to secure a replacement discharge form if a personal copy is lost or destroyed. Senator Bucco’s S-1666 closes this gap, ensuring that veterans have the documentation needed to prove military status, and access the services, discounts, and employment preferences available to veterans throughout the Garden State.
“For veterans across New Jersey, this simple, commonsense measure is more than just a convenience,” Senator Bucco said. “This bill clears an essential pathway to securing access to services that can empower, support and honor the valiant men and women who have risked their lives to keep our nation safe from harm,” Senator Bucco said.