A bipartisan bill to help veterans organizations like the American Legion, AMVETS, the Jewish War Veterans, and the VFW to maintain their buildings and programs won approval by the Senate Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, announced the bill’s sponsor State Senator Chris Brown.
A bipartisan bill to help veterans organizations to maintain their buildings and programs won approval by the Senate Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, announced the bill’s sponsor State Senator Chris Brown. (SenateNJ.com)
“Veterans organizations support many great causes like helping service men and women and their families and sponsoring patriotic and sports programs for our children, all while trying keep their organizations and buildings operating during the pandemic,” Brown said. “As centers of patriotic activities, veterans’ posts are vital to our local communities, so it’s a small price to pay to help our veterans keep their doors open. ”
The bill, S-2505, requires that, as authorized pursuant to State or federal law during periods of emergency declared by the Governor and for the duration of economic disruptions due to the emergency, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority is to provide to a qualified veterans’ organization assistance, such as building construction, equipment, furniture and fixtures, renovations, and leasehold improvements; the refinancing of existing, higher-interest conventional debt; access to capital and other State resources to meet expansion and program needs; pre-development loans for feasibility and related planning studies, as well as engineering, architectural, land assembly, site improvement, and other costs associated with development projects; and access to technical assistance.