As the nation prepares for its 90th Veterans Day observance, we should remember the contributions of the men and women of our armed services every day, according to State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., who serves on the Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee.
"New York’s one million veterans and all the men and women who have served in uniform deserve our thanks on Veterans Day and every day," said Senator Addabbo. “They put protecting our country ahead of protecting their personal safety. As our end of the bargain, the people of the State of New York have made a continuing commitment to our veterans.”
New York’s one million veterans are eligible for a number of benefits and programs, including property tax exemptions, tuition education assistance, job training, employment placement assistance and counseling.
This year, the state Senate, working with the governor, increased funding for veterans’ service agencies and enacted additional property tax exemptions for veterans. The Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee will be bringing together returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars with representatives of the Building Congress, the Building and Construction Trades Council and other potential employers of veterans.
For more information on benefits available to veterans, visit the State Department of Veterans Affairs Web site at http://veterans.ny.gov/, or call 518-474-7606 or 212-564-8414.
This year, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki and the Veterans Day National Committee have designated New York City’s Veterans Day Parade as an official regional Veterans Day observance.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I, and became a national holiday in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 changed the name to Veterans Day to honor those who served in all American wars.
For more information, call Senator Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.
Glendale Flag Dealer Boosts Our Veterans on November 11
At this 90th anniversary of the holiday, during a time of growing support for the men and women of our Armed Forces, online flag dealer FlagsExpo.com, with a flag store in Queens, NY, announced that it will give away free USA flags.
FlagsExpo.com has been giving away free American flags for a long time, and on this Veterans Day, the tradition continues. The flags can be claimed on November 11, 2009, (one to a customer, walk-ins only) from 9 AM - 5 PM, at 6524 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, NY, while supplies last. The free American flags being distributed by FlagsExpo.com are 12” x 18’’ on the staff and are made in the USA.
“Our flags fly in government agencies, churches, community organizations, schools and colleges. Our customers are from all over the USA and we are proud that our flags are flying on military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq,” adds the flag company president Fred Vaynman, whose business operates in the heart of Senator Addabbo’s 15th Senate District in Glendale.