Wednesday, March 26, 2014
WASHINGTON — American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger told members of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs Wednesday (March 26) that this is a “crucial threshold in history” with more than 1.2 million service members soon to discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces and enter civilian lives, expecting the support they earned and deserve.
WASHINGTON — When legislation making future cuts to cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for military retirees was passed last winter in Congress, The American Legion launched an aggressive campaign to have them repealed. That many of the cuts were later repealed was due in no small part, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said, to the Legion’s efforts.
Monday, March 24, 2014
ALBANY — The New York State American Legion Family of more than 200,000 members is urging local municipalities and other governing bodies of school districts to approve a partial school tax exemption for veterans.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
ALBANY — While the Legion is pushing for some 15 proposals for the State Legislature to enact, there are three core issues affecting veterans today — jobs, homelessness and suicide, New York State American Legion Legislative Chair Joseph Barry told the Hill Day Legislative breakfast March 18 at the Albany Hilton Hotel.
More than 200 American Legion leaders from around the state were at the breakfast, along with a number of state senators and Assembly members. Following breakfast, legionnaires visited their respective legislators in their offices to push the veterans agenda.
ALBANY — A number of states charge a small tuition to residents of the state attending a state college and a much higher tuition for out-of-state students. Because of their military moves, veterans often end up trying to better themselves by enrolling in a state school wherever they land — and struggle with the higher out-of-state tuition rate. After hearing stories of such struggling veterans, two members of the Department of New York Auxiliary decided to do something about it. Two years ago, Past Department President Karyn Porempski of Cheektowaga and then-Legislative Vice Chair Julie Kleszczewski of New York City drafted a resolution that called for allowing veterans to pay in-state tuition no matter where they attended college.
Today a tweaked version of their resolution is in Congress. The House passed it and now it’s before the Senate.