Soldiers

Veterans

I was 13 years old when I watched my sister sign her documents to join the military. Being so young and understanding that call to serve our country was not something new as I had other family members in the military, but the feeling never goes away. As a sister of a soldier that deployed to Iraq, I understand the gravity of that code. That ultimate sacrifice deserves the ultimate care, respect, and opportunity upon return, something, many have been unable to due to foreign intervention. 

Shaeleigh's Plan

  • Committed to expanding veterans’ needs in regards to health and access to programs. 

  • Support for reopening of the St. Albans hospital or creation of local clinics within the district such as the rockaways. 

  • Ensuring support for local veteran organizations within the community to continue assisting current and new veterans from job assistance to community outreach and care. 

  • Advocating for more federal funding of city veteran services

  • Calling for the development of a Veteran advisory board within the districts to best address the needs of our veteran population.

Shaeleigh's Vision

Veterans Rights

According to the City Council report on Veterans’ needs for Covid-19 on October 19th, 2020 The United States approximately has 20 million veterans, 839,000 of which reside in New York State. The New York Metropolitan area is home to over one million service members, veterans, and their families. Queens represents the highest number of veterans with 58,815 (27.9% of total) up from 2018’s count of 43,330. The Department of Veteran Services (City) estimates there to be 189,808 service members on active duty and 21,000 National Guard and reservists within NYC. Of the total 210,808 NYC veterans, 6.5% are female, with the total racial makeup of all NYC veterans being: 59% white, 28% black, 3% Asian, 2% two or more races, and 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native. Most vets have served in Vietnam with 29%

 

On income, 88.1% of NYC veterans are employed with an average of $34,794 for females and $36,582 for males, with 10.1% of veterans living below the poverty line.

  • Severino for City Council supports the expansion of the Department of Veteran Services to create mental health resources for veterans regardless of their discharge status. Severino for City Council supports the continuation of the VetCheck program beyond the COVID-19 pandemic response. 

  • Severino for City Council will call for a resolution calling on Congress to allocate funding for the reopening of a full-service VA hospital at the St. Albans location.

  • Severino for City Council calls for a resolution to urge the US Department of Veteran Affairs to expand its New York Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare Systems to provide a clinic located in the Rockaways to assist with the needs of the veteran community who do not have reliable transportation to the nearest locations. 

  • Severino for City Council will support local veteran community organizations such as the American Legion to help develop youth programs and further assist local veterans’ representation within the community.

  • Severino for City Council will create a Veterans Advisory Board for District 32 that will assist with addressing the needs of veterans first. 

  • Severino for City Council will support Intro 1616 calling on the amendment of Local Law 44 of 2019, requiring the Department of Veterans Services to include in its annual report; the number of veterans served, inquiries to supplemental nutritional programs, New York State Veteran property tax exemption, affordable housing.Severino for City Council will support Intro 1616 calling on the amendment of Local Law 44 of 2019, requiring the Department of Veterans Services to include in its annual report; the number of veterans served, inquiries to supplemental nutritional programs, New York State Veteran property tax exemption, affordable housing.

  • Severino for City Council will support Intro 1859-2020, which calls on the removal of the sunset provision (deadline for) Local Law 120 and Local Law 128 which gives an alternative tax exemption for veterans.

  • Severino for City Council will support expanding the current New York State property tax law exemptions to wartime veterans to include those who served during peacetime. (Res. 893 do not add to the site)

  • Severino for City Council will call for the Department of Veteran Services to provide a certificate of eligibility to all city services for Veterans discharged from the military all but honorably for being LGBTQIA. This will build off of NYS law A.8097/S. 45-B to reflect city services. (Intro-1801-2017 do not add to the site)

 

  • Severino for City Council support for the City Department of Veteran Services (DVS) to address medical, emotional, and psychological trauma during active duty that was not reported/addressed to the Department of Veteran Affairs within their timeframe. 

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