Bill S3577-2013

Provides credit to members of public retirement systems of the state for military service rendered during the cold war

Provides credit to members of public retirement systems of the state for military service rendered during the cold war.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • Feb 6, 2013: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S3577

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to providing credit to members of public retirement systems of the state for military service rendered during the cold war

PURPOSE: To make eligible retirement benefits for United States military personnel that served between September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991; also known as the "Cold War".

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The addition of subdivision 2-a to section 1000 of the retirement and social security law ("military service credit" portion).

EXISTING LAW: Military members upon application to New York State's public retirement system can obtain service credit of up to three years for three years of military duty if such military members were found to have participated in hostilities defined in subdivision 2, section 1000, of the retirement and social security law.

JUSTIFICATION: The Cold War was a decades-long struggle for global supremacy involving the United States and the Soviet Union. Certain factors made the Cold War a militarized struggle: Communism takeover in China, threats of Soviet nuclear weapons, tensions within Germany, the Truman Doctrine of 1947, the Warsaw Pact of 1955, the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and commencement of the Korean War. The U.S. and Soviet Union's power resonated around the globe, for there threat of a third world war was imminent with possessions of nuclear weapons. Military Personnel stationed about were nervous and filled with anxiety on what may unfold, and what may encompass their services.

As such, many causalities occurred despite the exclusion of a third world war. Three-hundred and twenty-five Cold War Americans would perish as a result of hostile action, including two hundred plus airmen from Communist air defenses. Forty American intelligence aircrafts would be destroyed, and sixty-four cryptologists and forty crew members would lose their lives. American lifestyles were disrupted for adherence to military service support for scenarios warranted by the Cold War(l).

For our brave soldiers tireless efforts to protect and serve American freedoms, it is only fitting that these Cold War veterans are financially recognized for their service to our country.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S. 3952 - Referred to Civil Service & Pensions.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

FOOTNOTES:

(1) John Pike, Military: Cold War, http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/coldwar.htm (July 2010).


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3577 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 6, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to providing credit to members of public retirement systems of the state for military service rendered during the cold war THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1000 of the retirement and social security law is amended by adding a new subdivision 2-a to read as follows: 2-A. A. A MEMBER, UPON APPLICATION TO SUCH RETIREMENT SYSTEM, MAY OBTAIN A TOTAL NOT TO EXCEED THREE YEARS OF SERVICE CREDIT FOR UP TO THREE YEARS OF MILITARY DUTY, AS DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED FORTY-THREE OF THE MILITARY LAW, IF HONORABLY DISCHARGED THEREFROM, IF ALL OR PART OF SUCH SERVICES WAS RENDERED DURING THE COLD WAR. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "COLD WAR" SHALL MEAN THE PERIOD BEGINNING SEPTEMBER SECOND, NINETEEN HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE AND ENDING DECEMBER TWENTY-SIXTH, NINETEEN HUNDRED NINETY-ONE. B. TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE UNDER THIS SUBDIVISION, A MEMBER MUST MAKE APPLICATION FOR SUCH CREDIT BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF RETIREMENT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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