Two bills sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) that strengthen New Jersey’s commitment to its military veterans passed the Senate today.
“Each and every day, members of our armed forces put their lives on the line and go months without seeing family and friends so that we can be safe at home, ” Oroho said. “We need to ensure those who have served our country, and those who support them, receive the benefits, care, and assistance they deserve.”
Senate bill 1015 provides for corporation business tax and gross income tax credits to businesses that have employees who are also members of the National Guard or a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States and receive mobilization orders for active duty service. The amount of credit will be equal to 20 percent of salary but not to exceed $2, 000 for each qualified employee.
Oroho stated, “Some employers may be hesitant to hire and invest in the training of an individual who serves in the National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces because they may be concerned that a leave of absence will provide an undue financial hardship to their business. This legislation provides a small form of assistance to those businesses who have an employee that is honorably serving in defense of our nation.”
Senate bill 2991 permits county clerk’s to create an identification card for veterans who are residents of that county and do not hold an identification card issued by the federal government that identifies the person as a veteran. The cards are designed to help veterans to receive discounts or other courtesies extended to military veterans. Sussex County is already offering this service, which Senator Oroho was instrumental in getting started with Sussex County Clerk Jeff Parrott and Sussex County Sheriff Mike Strada.
“Our goal is to provide veterans with a comprehensive set of services to assist them in their transition from military to civilian life, ” Oroho concluded. “We need to ensure that the many sacrifices of those who served our nation are not forgotten and their needs are sufficiently met.”