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Pennacchio Bill Aiding Veterans Signed into Law

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Ensures Access to Discharge Papers Filed with County Clerks

New Jersey veterans who file their discharge papers for safekeeping with a county clerks’ office will have access to the documents under a law signed this week.

New Jersey veterans who file their discharge papers for safekeeping with a county clerks’ office will have access to the documents under a law sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio. (Flickr)

Senator Joe Pennacchio sponsors the measure, A-3123/S-2059, allowing a veteran, or a person designated as a representative of the veteran, to withdraw any military paperwork on file with the clerk.

“The men and women who serve our nation in the military are eligible for a variety of programs and services,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Many veterans choose to deposit these important documents with county clerks for safekeeping at no cost, and often, they are required to present their DD-214 forms certifying an honorable discharge to access the benefits they earned.”

A veteran may need the paperwork to apply for employment, or to confirm eligibility for county, state, or federal veterans’ benefits.

“This eliminates any confusion, clarifying that the forms may be withdrawn from the county clerk at any time,” said Pennacchio. “No veteran who served our nation should hesitate to file papers with the clerk for fear of not being able to recover it at a later date.”

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