Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) joined the Assembly minority conference in unveiling Patriot Plan IV, a comprehensive package of legislation designed to provide new benefits and tax cuts for military personnel and their families.
"This crucial legislation is deserved by the men and women of our armed forces. They make sacrifices each and every day and we must do something to say thank you," said Oaks. "This legislative package will provide some long overdue benefits to our men and women in uniform."
Over the past several years, the legislature has passed and Governor Pataki has signed into law Patriot Plans I, II and III, which offered a sweeping array of protections and financial assistance to New York’s troops. Patriot Plan IV supplements those measures by adding more benefits to help ease the burden placed on New Yorkers serving in the Armed Forces.
Patriot Plan IV provides performance of duty disability retirement benefits for state and local government employees who are members of the National Guard or Reserves and are injured in combat, allows additional official military documentation other than the DD-214 to be eligible for the veterans real property tax exemption, and creates a tax-exempt "Patriot Family Support Fund" donation on New York state income tax returns.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for our National Guard and Reservists," concluded Oaks. "They have one of the hardest jobs in the world and are routinely being deployed and facing danger overseas. It is my hope that this legislative package aids our service men and women by helping to relieve their financial concerns while they are serving our country and also helping to support their loved ones who remain here at home."