New law to improve access to National Guard benefits


A measure signed into law Monday by Governor Kathy Hochul aims to improve access to information about benefits and services available to members of the New York National Guard.

The information, intended to broaden access, will cover both written forms as well as on the Division of Military and Naval Affairs website. It will cover family benefits, moral, welfare and recreation discounts, veterans benefits, insurance and financial aid.

“Our National Guard members put their lives on the line every day to keep New Yorkers safe across the state, and they are greatly indebted for their sacrifice,” Hochul said. “As my administration continues to strive to achieve transparency and clarity in all facets of government, this bill will help our National Guard members clearly understand the benefits available to them for their service to the New -Yorkers.”

State officials and lawmakers who backed the legislation hope it will improve member retention and recruitment.

“Caring for our military is our top priority, this legislation to provide updates and up-to-date benefits information to our Soldiers and Airmen is important to every member of the New York National Guard,” said Maj. -General Ray Shields. “Recruiting and retaining military personnel and building support for our military families in the Division of Military and Naval Affairs always means striving to keep members informed using all the tools and technology at our disposal. We thank Governor Hochul and the Legislative Assembly for their continued support.”

The measure was backed by State Senator James Sanders and Congresswoman Mariann Buttenschon.


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