COLUMN: Proposed legislation would assist active military, veterans in New York

— Two other bills I sponsor would create state military awards for veterans of both Afghanistan and Iraq. The state currently offers awards for veterans, including the Conspicuous Service Medal and Conspicuous Service Cross. Veterans have to qualify for these and meet certain criteria. There are also awards that honor those who served in Operation Enduring Freedom as well as Desert Storm. My colleagues and I would like to add to these honors, to see that those who serve honorably in either Iraq or Afghanistan are also recognized for their service. Unfortunately, this bill was first introduced in 2005 and died in the Veterans Affairs Committee. I am hopeful this session there will be a renewed interest in honoring our veterans. I, for one, would like them to know their state appreciates their service and this is a small token of appreciation.

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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