Assemblyman
Steve Englebright

Honors Our Veterans

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Honoring our area's World War II Veterans at the Setauket Memorial Ceremony, Memorial Day 2005



Supporting troops and their families

Protecting soldiers’ families at home

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The newest protections signed into law to help soldiers and their families include:

  • Eligible public employees who give their lives while on active duty in the Armed Forces will receive the same death benefits — and their survivors would receive the same health insurance benefits — that they would be entitled to through the individual’s public employment

  • Survivors’ life insurance premium payments will be reimbursed up to $400,000 for members of the New York State organized militia during non-training active service

Beyond the new additions, the Patriot Plan exists to ensure financial burdens for survivors of those who make the ultimate sacrifice are easier to manage:

  • The plan provides four years of free tuition, room and board to any SUNY or CUNY undergraduate school or an equal amount to attend any other college or university in New York for the children, spouses and dependents of New Yorkers killed or severely disabled in the line of duty after August 2, 1990 (Visit www.hesc.org, search site for “scholarships” or call the Division of Military and Naval Affairs Government and Community Affairs 518.786.4580 for more information)

  • The plan also provides up to $6,000 for funeral costs (1-888-VETSNYS)

Protecting active military members’ finances

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To protect the finances and families of New York’s active military, Assemblyman Englebright helped pass the Patriot Plan, which has been helping military personnel for three years. The plan:

  • Imposes a cap on installment loan interest
  • Extends eviction protections
  • Allows the termination of car leases without penalty
  • Extends mortgage foreclosure protections
  • Extends the deadline to pay property taxes, contingent upon approval by locality
  • Protects against lapse in life insurance for non-payment of premiums
  • Prohibits enforcement of storage liens on household goods
  • Extends the law that allows people who served in Indochina from December 22, 1961 through May 7, 1975 and were injured by exposure to chemical herbicides to take legal action (Ch. 68 of 2004)
  • Prohibits adverse credit reporting for individuals who previously obtained a stay, postponement or suspension of obligations under the Civil Relief Act. For more information, visit the DMNA Web site, www.dmna.state.ny.us/members/patriot.html or call the DMNA Legal Affairs Office at 518.786.4541

Ensuring our troops return to good-paying jobs

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To help our military personnel find meaningful work upon their return, the Patriot Plan helps our troops by:

  • Extending the certification period for emergency technicians on active duty (DMNA Government and Community Affairs 518.786.4580)

  • Waiving continuing professional education requirements and automatically extending professional licenses (Appropriate Licensing Authority or DMNA Legal Affairs Office 518.786.4541)

  • Protecting soldiers who have to suspend their education, allowing them to retain credits, standings or scholarships, and the option of requesting a refund or credit of tuition and fees (DMNA Government and Community Affairs 518.786.4580)

  • Allowing special military make-up exams for military members who, due to military service, missed the application deadline for a scheduled competitive examination (Ch. 425 of 2005)


Recognizing our recent veterans

Veterans of the Persian Gulf or Afghanistan conflicts can now receive, upon request, a new “War on Terror” license plate. For more information, go to www.nydmv.state.ny.us/armedforces.htm




Assemblyman Steve Englebright
Assemblyman
Steve Englebright

149 Main Street
East Setauket, NY 11733
(631) 751-3094
engles@assembly.state.ny.us
“Our brave veterans
sacrifice much in
order to protect us.
The Patriot Plan is a
critical step to
ensuring that the
families and
dependents of military
personnel are
protected when it
comes to health
insurance,
employment benefits
and more.”
- Steve Englebright
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