Cusick Law Connecting Veterans with State Services Comes into Effect
Staten Island New York veterans will have better access to state and federal services as legislation sponsored by Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Mid Island) and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo comes into effect this week.
The legislation, A1206, will see state agency staff work to determine if people they serve are veterans in order to connect that person with benefits, services, and opportunities available to through the Division of Veterans Affairs.
Staten Island is home to more veterans than any other borough in New York City, Cusick said. I am acutely aware of the need to connect veterans with existing services and I believe this law is a step in the right direction.
Veterans and their families often deal with numerous subdivisions of the state, from the DMV to Social Services. It's not unusual for them to be unaware that in addition to the services they receive from these agencies, they are entitled to assistance through the Division of Veterans Affairs.
If you or someone you know is having issues connecting with benefits for veterans, please call the office of Assemblymember Cusick at (718) 370-1384.