Support Memo – A4313-A Paulin – HONOR ALL VETERANS’ MILITARY SERVICE

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Support Memo
ON GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES COMMITTEE AGENDA 4/22/15

HONOR ALL VETERANS’ MILITARY SERVICE

EXPAND ELIGIBILITY FOR THE VETERAN SERVICE CREDIT

A4313-A Paulin

The New York State AFL-CIO representing 2.5 million union workers and their families as well as our retirees and their families, supports the above-referenced legislation.

This legislation would expand the current veteran retirement buyback by removing limitations on the periods of time during which military service was rendered for purposes of determining eligibility.  The bill also removes the limitations that the applicant served in the theatre of operations during the period of conflict.

This important bill recognizes the value of all veterans’ service to our country and would allow them to purchase up to three years of retirement credit for time spent in military service.  Time spent in the military defending our nation is the ultimate public service and should be calculated with all other public service.

Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.

For further information, contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.