ASSEMBLY CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 124

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 21, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  ALISON LITTELL MCHOSE

District 24 (Morris, Sussex and Warren)

Assemblywoman  NANCY F. MUNOZ

District 21 (Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblywoman  DIANNE C. GOVE

District 9 (Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean)

Assemblyman  TROY SINGLETON

District 7 (Burlington)

Assemblywoman  CLEOPATRA G. TUCKER

District 28 (Essex)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman DeAngelo, Assemblywoman Mosquera, Senators Beach, Bateman, A.R.Bucco, Allen, Greenstein and Stack

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Urges the President and Congress to enact legislation that permits all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to transfer their education benefits to dependents.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


A Concurrent Resolution urging the President and Congress to enact legislation that permits all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to transfer their education benefits to dependents.

 

Whereas, According to the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2007,” only members of the United States Armed Forces serving on or after August 1, 2009 may be eligible to transfer their education benefits to their spouses or children; and

Whereas, Under this law, thousands of brave veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but ended their service prior to August 1, 2009, will be unable to transfer their education benefits to their dependents; and

Whereas, The men and women of America’s Armed Forces selflessly serve to protect our nation and have risked their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so that Americans can live in freedom and security; and

Whereas, By making enormous sacrifices and offering love and support to those serving in the Armed Forces, the spouses and children of service members provide an invaluable contribution to our country; and

Whereas, As a result of precluding veterans who ended their service prior to August 1, 2009 from transferring their education benefits to dependents, many of these veterans will not utilize these hard-earned benefits; and

Whereas, Despite the fact that the veterans who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan prior to August 1, 2009 courageously sacrificed for their country, they are unable to have the same opportunity as veterans serving on or after this date to lessen the financial burden of providing a quality education for their children; and

WHEREAS, The nation owes an incredible debt to those who have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to the families of these honorable veterans, and it is imperative that this debt be fulfilled by permitting all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to transfer their education benefits to their dependents; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey (the Senate concurring):

 

   1.      The President and Congress are respectfully urged to enact legislation that permits all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to transfer their education benefits to dependents.

 

     2.    Duly authenticated copies of this resolution, signed by the Speaker of the General Assembly and the President of the Senate and attested by the Clerk of the General Assembly and the Secretary of the Senate, shall be transmitted to the President and Vice-President of the United States, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, and every member of Congress elected from this State.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This concurrent resolution respectfully urges the President and Congress to enact legislation that permits all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to transfer their education benefits to dependents.  According to the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2007,” only those members of the United States Armed Forces serving on or after August 1, 2009 may be eligible to transfer their education benefits to their spouses or children.  Under this law, thousands of brave veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but ended their service prior to August 1, 2009, will be unable to transfer their education benefits to their dependents.

     The brave men and women of America’s Armed Forces selflessly serve to protect our nation and have risked their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so that Americans can live in freedom and security.  The nation owes an incredible debt to those who have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to the families of these honorable veterans, and it is imperative that this debt be fulfilled by permitting all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to transfer their education benefits to their dependents.