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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Statement from NYS Veterans' Affair Director

STATEMENT FROM ERIC J. HESSE, DIRECTOR OF THE NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS
“New York has the dubious distinction of being the only state in the nation that has failed to pass a law that honors the professional licensure of military spouses recognized in other states. This absurd inequity strains military families who are relocated on orders in the service of their nation, and creates unnecessary roadblocks for spouses to practice their careers and help provide for their families. The Governor strongly supports this bill, which the New York State Senate has previously passed, and has agreed to swiftly sign legislation it in order to right this wrong. The Assembly must join us and act now to ensure that military families are treated the same in New York as they are in the rest of the country.”The legislation, S.2947/A.4394, would streamline the professional licensing application process for spouses of military personnel who are already licensed in the same profession by another state.