Establishes the "cold war veterans medal" for members of the armed forces or organized militia serving at any time during the period April 16, 1947 through December 21, 1991.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the military law, in relation to providing for the "cold war veterans medal" to be granted to certain veterans
PURPOSE: This bill would establish the "cold war veterans medal" for members of the armed forces or organized militia serving during such war.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Section 247 of the military law by adding a new subdivision 1-b, which would authorize the Governor to present in the name of the Legislature of the State of New York, a military decoration, to be known as the "Cold War Service Medal."
JUSTIFICATION: In 1988 the United States Government recognized the contribution of its armed forces and their sacrifices during the Cold War with a Certificate of Recognition that had to be requested from the Department of Defense. No federal campaign medal exists to recognize the dedicated participation of those service members who "stood watch" in the cause of promoting world peace and stability, and who also participated in hundreds of military exercises and operations that occurred between the start of the Cold War on September 2, 1945 and the end of the Cold War on December 26, 1991. The United States Government has not authorized or recognized a Cold War Medal dedicated to the service of these veterans who sacrificed so much, many of whom performed actions and duties still shrouded in secrecy so that they receive and maintain no identity as Cold War Veterans. These thousands of New York State Cold War Veterans prevented communist world domination and nuclear war. Therefore, it is fitting that these service members who served honorably during this era receive proper state recognition for their efforts in the form of a State Cold War medal.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5650/A.5156-A of 2008, Veto Memo 20 of 2008.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3956 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 10, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the military law, in relation to providing for the "cold war veterans medal" to be granted to certain veterans THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 1-a and 4 of section 247 of the military law, subdivision 1-a as added and subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 184 of the laws of 1998, are amended and a new subdivision 1-b is added to read as follows: 1-a. The governor is hereby authorized to present in the name of the legislature of the state of New York, a military decoration, to be known as the "conspicuous service star", bearing a suitable inscription, device, and ribbon, all of which shall be of suitable design, to any person (i) who is a citizen of the state of New York or (ii) who was a citizen of the state of New York while serving in the armed forces of the United States, and who, while serving in the United States Armed Forces, defined as army, air force, navy, marine corps, or coast guard, has, or shall have received a United States unit level decoration denot- ing combat participation and foreign unit awards, issued from a company, regimental, brigade, or division commander, or equivalent naval unit, or issued by the President of the United States, the Congress of the United States, the United States Defense Department or the joint chiefs of staff, such as, but not limited to, a presidential unit citation or a joint meritorious unit award. Not more than one conspicuous service star shall be issued to any one person; nor shall any citation be awarded or presented, under the provisions of this subdivision, to any person whose entire service subsequent to the time of the receipt of such star shall not have been honorable. For each succeeding star as provided herein, such person shall be entitled to wear, as the
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GENERAL of the state may direct, a ribbon whose color and design shall be selected by the division of
[miliary]MILITARY AND NAVAL affairs. In the event of the death of any person during or subsequent to the receipt of such citation the conspicuous service star shall be presented to such representative of the deceased as may be designated. The [chief of staff]ADJUTANT GENERAL shall make such rules and regulations as may be deemed necessary for the proper presentation and distribution of such decorations. 1-B. THE GOVERNOR IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PRESENT IN THE NAME OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, A MILITARY DECORATION, TO BE KNOWN AS THE "COLD WAR VETERANS MEDAL", BEARING A SUITABLE INSCRIPTION, DEVICE AND RIBBON, ALL OF WHICH SHALL BE OF SUITABLE DESIGN, TO ANY PERSON (I) WHO IS A CITIZEN OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK OR (II) WHO WAS A CITIZEN OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WHILE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, DEFINED AS THE ARMY, AIR FORCE, NAVY, MARINE CORPS OR COAST GUARD, OR THE ORGANIZED MILITIA, AT ANY TIME DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN APRIL SIXTEENTH, NINETEEN HUNDRED FORTY-SEVEN THROUGH DECEMBER TWENTY-FIRST, NINETEEN HUNDRED NINETY-ONE. NOT MORE THAN ONE COLD WAR VETERANS MEDAL SHALL BE ISSUED TO ANY ONE PERSON; NOR SHALL ANY CITATION BE AWARDED OR PRESENTED, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION, TO ANY PERSON WHOSE ENTIRE SERVICE SUBSEQUENT TO THE TIME OF THE RECEIPT OF SUCH MEDAL SHALL NOT HAVE BEEN HONORABLE. FOR EACH SUCCEEDING MEDAL PRESENTED AS PROVIDED IN THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH PERSON SHALL BE ENTITLED TO WEAR, AS THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE STATE MAY DIRECT, A RIBBON WHOSE COLOR AND DESIGN SHALL BE SELECTED BY THE DIVISION OF MILITARY AND NAVAL AFFAIRS. IN THE EVENT OF THE DEATH OF ANY PERSON DURING OR SUBSEQUENT TO THE RECEIPT OF SUCH CITATION THE COLD WAR VETERANS MEDAL SHALL BE PRESENTED TO SUCH REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DECEASED AS MAY BE DESIGNATED. THE ADJUTANT GENERAL SHALL MAKE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS MAY BE DEEMED NECESSARY FOR THE PROPER PRESENTATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF SUCH DECORATIONS. 4. This section shall not be construed to require that a recipient of the conspicuous service cross [or], the conspicuous service star OR THE COLD WAR VETERANS MEDAL has been a resident of the state of New York at the time of his or her entry into the United States army, air force, navy, marine corps, COAST GUARD or nurses corps. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.