In the tapestry of our nation’s history, veterans stand as the threads of bravery, courage and unity that weave together the fabric of our freedom. We expressed our gratitude for their sacrifices earlier this month, and it is crucial that we recognize the significance of supporting them right here at home.
Our veterans face adversity on foreign soil to safeguard the principles that define our democracy, and return from the front lines with stories of valor and resilience. It is our duty as a grateful nation to ensure that they are embraced with the support they deserve when they come home.
Legislation plays a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of veteran support. My sponsored bill in the Assembly, A.8106, addresses a critical aspect of post-service life by requiring that veterans be notified about the availability of services offered by federal, state and local veterans agencies. In the hustle of civilian life, veterans may not be aware of the myriad resources at their disposal. This bill would ensure they are informed, promoting a smooth transition and access to the support they need.
I also advocated for bill A.7607, which focuses on apprenticeship training, recognizing that the skills the members of our armed forces acquire during military service are invaluable. By investing in their professional growth and providing avenues for veterans to seamlessly integrate into the workforce, we not only honor their service, but also empower them to contribute to our society as civilians.
Additionally, bill A.3658 underscores the sanctity of veterans’ memorials, establishing legal recourse for the destruction of these symbols of sacrifice. Veterans’ memorials are more than structures; they are sacred spaces that hold the memories and stories of those who served. Protecting these monuments is not just a matter of legality, it is a commitment to preserving the legacy of our heroes for future generations.
Ed Ra, who represents the 19th Assembly District, is the ranking Republican member of the Ways & Means Committee.