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For IMMEDIATE Release: May 28, 2015

Contact: Timothy Lantz: 518-455-5981

VETERANS BUY-BACK: GIVING BACK TO OUR COUNTRYS


BRAVEST
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury) today called on Assembly Democrats
to follow the Senates lead and bring veterans buy-back legislation, A.4313-A, to the
floor for a vote. It would allow honorably-discharged veterans to purchase up to three
years of active military service to be used toward their retirement benefits. Stec is
pushing this issue to the forefront as a token of gratitude for those who have served our
country honorably and protected our freedoms.
As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, I know the sacrifice and determination it takes to
actively serve in the U.S. military, Stec said. Whether at home or abroad, we owe all
veterans a token of our esteem and this legislation would show our gratitude for their
time served. Furthermore, costs to the state retirement system and municipalities would
be minimal because veterans would be required to purchase their time from the state,
offsetting some of the fiscal impact on New Yorks budget. Currently, this privilege is
only allowed if a military member served during a specific period of conflict. That is
irresponsible and alienating to many veterans who valiantly and honorably served our
country. I am calling on Speaker Heastie and leaders in the Assembly to offer this
opportunity to New Yorks brave men and women and pass this overwhelmingly
bipartisan legislation.
A similar Senate bill, S.4124, passed the upper house unanimously on Wednesday.
Gov. Cuomo vetoed comparable legislation last fall after it overwhelmingly passed the
Assembly. Stec sponsors the Assembly version. He served as a nuclear engineer aboard
the USS Truxtun in the U.S. Navy for eight years.
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