Vets Eligible for Operation Recognition

June 4, 2004

Assemblymen Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport), Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) and Robert C. Oaks (R,C-Macedon) are reminding local veterans that they may be eligible for New York state’s highest military honors.

Assemblyman Finch said, "While today’s military fights the war on terrorism around the world, I can think of no better way to honor yesterday’s military than by awarding them New York state’s most prestigious awards. Personally, I believe that as involved residents of New York state we should do everything we can to support those who serve in our military – both here and abroad. And, we should, from time to time, pause to honor those who have already served our great country – especially in these uncertain times."

Local veterans who received a military citation while serving in the U.S. armed forces may apply for the state’s highest military honors: the Conspicuous Service Cross, the Conspicuous Service Star and the Medal for Merit. Eligible veterans will be required to complete an application form, which must be forwarded to the Division of Military and Naval Affairs. Veterans must be a current NY state resident or state resident at the time of active duty. Veterans must have been awarded a unit commendation to be eligible.

Assemblyman Kolb said, "The brave men and women who served in our military protected our freedoms and rights so selflessly. We all enjoy our freedom-rich democracy today because of what these men and women did for us, and for our country, so many years ago. I encourage each and every eligible veteran to take advantage of this program."

"I’m proud to be able to have the opportunity to present these awards to such distinguished veterans," Assemblyman Oaks concluded. "These awards signify the heroic accomplishments of our veterans – their bravery, honor and sacrifice – from which we are able to enjoy the fruits of freedom. Through these medals, we honor our veterans and their contributions to our country. I’m privileged to be able to take part in this ceremony in which we will be expressing the never-ending gratitude of all New Yorkers."

In the event an eligible veteran has died, the prestigious medals can be awarded to the veteran’s next of kin in recognition of valiant contributions to our state and country.

To receive more information and an application, please call Assemblyman Finch at (315) 255-3045, Assemblyman Kolb at (315) 781-2030 or Assemblyman Oaks at (315) 946-5166.