Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced that he is sponsoring legislation that would provide college scholarships for the children of military personnel from New York State who are killed or seriously disabled in the war on terrorism. One of the first such casualties, he said, was Tonawanda native Sgt. 1st Class Peter P. Tycz II, U.S. Army, who was killed in Afghanistan on June 12, 2002.
Schimminger stated, “We owe this debt to Sgt. Tyce, to Marine Lance Cpl. Eric J. Orlowski of Buffalo, who died in Iraq last weekend, and to all those who sacrifice their lives in the armed service of our country. And while we pray that all those who are today bravely fighting under America’s banner will come safely home, we owe them the peace of mind of knowing, that if anything should happen to them, we have made a commitment to see to their children’s education.”
Schimminger said the legislation will entitle the children of any New York State member of the armed forces who loses his or her life in wartime, or who is left with a serious service-related disability, to a full-tuition scholarship at any State University of New York or City University of New York college or university, or a similar sum toward tuition at any independent college or university in the state.