New Law to Help Veterans

Cahill/Larkin bill provides home and support for service men and women
August 2, 2012

Kingston – Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D – Ulster, Dutchess) and Senator William Larkin (R, C - Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that a bill they passed in a bi-partisan effort to provide a transitional home for veterans in the City of Kingston has been signed into law by the Governor.

“Many veterans struggle to acclimate to civilian life after they are discharged from the service, and too many end up homeless,” said Assemblymember Cahill. “By making housing and support programs available for our brave service men and women, we are enabling them to get back on their feet in a dignified way.”

“I am very happy this important piece of legislation was signed into law. Returning veterans are faced with many challenges, and the transitional housing established by this law will be an outstanding resource for those veterans in need of assistance,” said Senator Bill Larkin.

“Our Kingston veterans will now have a safe place to reside, and I am pleased that the County has promised to hold the City harmless of safety net costs,” said Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.

In the past 11 years, our nation has fought in two wars, resulting in multiple deployments. There has been a significant rise in the number of veterans struggling with issues related to substance abuse, mental health, unemployment and homelessness. It is important to be able to offer transitional housing in Kingston to accommodate those who need assistance.

The property, located at 67 Wurts Street in Kingston, was previously used as a group home for people with developmental disabilities. The building has the required space and amenities to support the veterans’ needs and is in proximity to public transportation and other government services. In addition to living amongst peers, veterans will have access to employment training, career counseling and a host of other programs.

“Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices on our behalf,” said Assemblymember Cahill. “It is only right that we support them in their time of need.”