I have some wonderful news about a bill that so many people have been asking about in recent weeks – the Veteran’s Service Credit. I am proud to announce, along with Senator Bill Larkin (R-39), that the Assembly and Senate’s one-house budget resolutions contain the Veteran’s Service Credit.
This legislation would allow all honorably discharged veterans who are members of a New York State retirement system to purchase service credit for up to three years of military service performed. Under current law, only veterans who served during certain specified periods of war are eligible for this benefit, excluding a substantial number of veterans, like those who have served recently in Afghanistan.
I have worked tirelessly on this bill because our veteran’s deserve this. Thank you for all your service. The Veterans’ Service Credit will now be negotiated on to be part of the final state budget expected to be voted on later this month to meet the April 1st deadline.