Hawley applauds new law assisting veterans and their families

Posted 21 August 2014 at 12:00 am

Press release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia), a veteran of the National Guard and Army Reserves and ranking member of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, is applauding Gov. Cuomo for signing a military assistance bill into law that the assemblyman wholeheartedly supported in the Assembly.

“Our state and our country are forever indebted to those who have served us at home and abroad,” Hawley said.  “This law tackles the red tape that hampers professional certification for family members of active duty officers who are moved from station to station.  We have also expanded New York’s supplemental burial allowance to include those who were injured on the battlefield, but died here at home ˆ’ an oversight that was far too tragic to continue.”

Hawley added, “Another great aspect of this newly-signed law is how it assists children affected when their families move from station to station.  Every state has its own difficult requirements for high school graduation, and that is often overlooked in legislation that attempts to honor our servicemen and women.  Through this much-needed law, we have cut the red tape affecting children’s academic well-being and enrollment issues.  This is one law we can all support, and I’m proud to have helped pass it.”