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Murphy-Sponsored Law Will Give Equality to Vietnam Vets’ Group

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Sen. Murphy (back row, red tie) and Assemblyman Kaminsky (back row, blue tie), are surrounded by veterans after the signing of the VVA equality bill.
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SOMERS, N.Y. - A piece of legislation that gives parity to the Vietnam Veterans of America organization with other veterans’ groups was signed into law by the governor last week.

State Senator Terrence Murphy, who authored the law, was joined by Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (R-Nassau County), the assembly sponsor of the bill, to announce Gov. Cuomo’s signing of the legislation for New York’s Vietnam veterans.

“I am honored to stand here today to announce that the passage of the Vietnam Veterans’ Equality Act has been signed into law by Gov, Cuomo,” Murphy said. “These brave soldiers should never have been mistreated by our nation and state and I proudly stand here to say thank you for your service, mission accomplished, and welcome home.”

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Until last week, the Vietnam Veterans of America was not recognized by New York State as an official benevolent order. With the passing, and signing, of the legislation, the VVA will now have the status and resources to better serve New York’s Vietnam vets, along with the other rights and privileges conferred to other traditional veterans service organizations.

“I am honored to have to had the privilege of introducing and passing bipartisan legislation officially recognizing the Vietnam Veterans of America,” Kaminsky said. “Those who gave so much to our country at the very least deserve to be recognized as the heroes they are. In advance of Veterans Day, let us all resolve to do whatever we can in the coming year to support our veterans.”

Westchester County’s Director of Veteran’s Affairs Ron Tocci said the legislation is a reminder of those who served our nation and will help the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) organization better do its job.

“The VVA provides myriad services, including lobbying for the necessary healthcare all veterans deserve. Tocci said.

Assemblyman Steve Katz called the implementation of the VVA legislation an historical achievement for New York.

“It is about time New York State took the necessary steps to finally truly recognize and honor these great heroes for their service and sacrifices to maintain our country’s safety and freedom,” he said. “Let’s continue to support our veterans for what they to do for our community and our great state.”

The information in this article was provided by Sen. Terrence Murphy’s office.

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