A series of bills sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado to benefit military members in New Jersey has advanced.
A series of bill sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado to benefit military members in New Jersey has advanced. (©iStock)
The first bill, S-3830, would allow New Jersey state employees who serve in the Reserves or National Guard to use paid military leave for their required inactive duty training or any other regularly scheduled required training. Inactive duty training refers to the “one weekend a month” drill training for members of the National Guard and Reserve.
“Members of our Armed Forces can be beckoned to serve our country at a moment’s notice,” said Corrado (R-40). “Reservists and National Guard personnel with civilian jobs work hard to keep their military skills sharp through monthly weekend drills with their unit. Ensuring public employees can use their paid military leave for all required military training is the right and patriotic thing to do.”
The second bill, S-4231, would establish a price preference program for service-disabled veteran-owned businesses competing for State contracts. This legislation aims to increase the amount of contracts that are given to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.
“This measure will increase the number of contracts being awarded to qualifying businesses owned by veterans who were disabled in the service of our country,” said Corrado. “This is a sensible effort to compensate these vets for their sacrifices.”
The final bill, S-3833, would establish a uniform standard of acceptable documents needed to acquire a veteran identification card. This ID card is often used to receive discounts or other courtesies extended to military veterans. The legislation also states that veterans who have been released from service under honorable or general honorable conditions would be eligible to receive the card.
“Our veterans deserve to reap the benefits of their distinguished service,” added Corrado. “Standardizing the process to access a veteran ID card will make a difference in the lives of former military members.”
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