COLUMN: Identity, Health Services, and Employment Laws Improved to Benefit Veterans

— I am hopeful that with this new law, our state can better service the men and women who need help. This legislation was created following testimony at a hearing with the Assembly Standing Committees on Veterans' Affairs, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drugs. There is a need for such services beyond what the federal Division of Veterans Affairs can manage. Health providers have recognized this for some time. As this law becomes effective throughout the next year, hopefully our veterans will see there are more mental health and addiction services available throughout the state.

Employment Portal

I am pleased to report that the new Veteran's Employment Portal is live. This is a new addition to the Division of Veteran's Affairs website thanks to legislation passed in the spring. This offers a one-stop career priority service to veterans and their eligible spouses. As a military veteran, you will be served first by the next available staff member and given first priority for jobs and training for which you are eligible and qualified. Other services available include Career Counseling, Skills Assessment, Job Search Assistance, Resume Preparation, Information on Civil Service positions and referral to other agencies that provide services to veterans.

More information on any of these services can be found at the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs at veterans.ny.gov.

Assemblyman Will Barclay represents residents of Assembly District 120, which includes Lysander. He can be reached by mail at 200 North Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone (598-5185).

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