Assemblyman
Cusick

Honors Our Veterans
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Supporting troops and their families
Protecting soldiers’ families at home

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

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  • Eligible public employees who give their life 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 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 DMNA 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

american flag To protect the finances and families of New York’s active military, Assemblyman Cusick 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 for 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 Division of Military and Naval Affairs 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

photo 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 student has 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)



"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."
-Assemblyman
Cusick
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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 Cusick Assemblyman
Michael J. Cusick

1911 Richmond Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 370-1384


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