Two bipartisan bills to help veterans and military personnel returning from overseas passed the Senate, announced State Senator Chris Brown, a combat veteran who was activated for war on two occasions.
Two bipartisan bills to help veterans and military personnel returning from overseas passed the Senate, announced State Senator Chris Brown, a combat veteran who was activated for war on two occasions. (SenateNJ.com)
“We have to take the initiative and remain vigilant on how we, as a state, meet the needs of our veterans and their families as part of our mission to appropriately thank and care for our returning servicemen and women,” Brown said. “Today, we took another step forward in making the transition from combat to civilian life a little easier for these families.”
The first bill, S-1522, the “New Jersey Battlefield to Boardroom Act,” would create an incentive for businesses to create jobs for returning veterans by providing businesses with a corporation business tax credit and gross income tax credit for wages paid to veterans.
The second bill, S-1400, would establish a task force to study issues facing returning members of the US Armed Forces, NJ National Guard, and reserve component of US Armed Forces and make recommendations to the State on the issues. The task force would examine issues such as demobilization and post deployment; post traumatic stress disorder, family readiness groups or family assistance centers; employer support groups; veterans service officers; issues relevant to women in the military and veteran homeless shelters.
Both bills passed unanimously and now head to the Assembly for further consideration.