Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertown) recently joined members of the Assembly Minority Conference in putting forth a $500 million “Invest in Vets” agenda that they hope will be included as part of the final 2022-23 State Budget
“Our country’s brave men and women are some of the most dedicated and hardworking individuals I have ever met. Their service inspires me to continue serving in all areas of my life, and makes me want to be a better American,” said Walczyk.
The plan would include $250 million in operational aid for veterans’ services, including local American Legions, VFWs, AMVETs, the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Counseling Program and much more. Additionally, another $250 million would be invested in capital improvements for veterans’ facilities, including much-needed veterans housing across the state.
Walczyk said, “We are blessed to live in a nation full of volunteers—men and women who stepped up to answer the call to service in order to guarantee our freedoms and national security. When I look at what is happening in Ukraine and other nations around the world, how can our state not do what is necessary to thank and support our returning military and veterans stateside? Our state leaders should act on this plan and ensure it is included in this year’s budget.”