Expands the veterans tuition awards program to include all veterans who were discharged under honorable conditions who served in the armed forces after February 28, 1961.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the veterans tuition awards program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Extending the free tuition at SUNY and CUNY for all honorably discharged war veterans who are residents of New York State and have served during hostilities that occurred after February 28, 1961.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation would amend paragraph D of subdivision 1 of section 669-a of the Education Law, as added by section 2 of part N of chapter 57 of the laws of 2008, in defining other eligible veterans.
Paragraph A of subdivision 2 of section 669-a of the Education Law as amended by section 3 of part N of chapter 57 of the laws of 2008, shall be amended to allow other eligible veterans to receive tuition awards.
JUSTIFICATION: The current law unintentionally demonstrates a great disrespect to all other honorably discharged veterans who are not entitled to exercise Part N of the 2008 State of New York Budget. This enactment shall compel respect and encourage more veterans of the armed forces of the united States since February 28, 1961, to benefit and capitalize from a free SUNY or CUNY education.
Many veterans who have now, or in the past, performed more-hazardous duties than those serving in combat zones are living with and are sometimes dying from the serious consequences of being exposed to those hazards. Veterans who served in hazardous duty and received Hazardous Duty Pay, but may not have been assigned to a combat zone include among others many aviators, submariners, aircraft carrier flight deck crew and special operations limits, would be eligible to receive tuition awards.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.4054 - Referred to Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Will vary between approximately $50 million to approximately $100 million depending upon the number of Veterans that take advantage of this act. Roughly 20,000 Veterans would be eligible for this educational benefit.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1268 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 6, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. ADDABBO, HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Home- land Security and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the veterans tuition awards program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph d of subdivision 1 of section 669-a of the educa- tion law, as added by section 2 of part N of chapter 57 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: d. "Other eligible
[combat]veteran" means: an individual who (i) is a resident of this state, (ii) served in the armed forces of the United States [in]DURING hostilities that occurred after February twenty- eighth, nineteen hundred sixty-one, [as evidenced by their receipt of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, or Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal,]and (iii) was discharged under honorable conditions, including but not limited to honorable discharge, discharge under honorable conditions, or general discharge. S 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 669-a of the education law, as amended by section 3 of part N of chapter 57 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: a. Tuition awards are available for all Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghan- istan and other eligible [combat]veterans, as defined in subdivision one of this section, who are enrolled, pursuant to paragraph a of subdi- vision four of section six hundred sixty-one of this part, in approved undergraduate or graduate programs at degree granting institutions or enrolled in approved vocational training programs and who apply for a tuition assistance program award pursuant to section six hundred sixty- seven of this subpart. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01384-01-1