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  • NJ A143
  • Broadens eligibility for certain veterans' benefits by eliminating requirement of service during specified dates or in specified locations.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill broadens the eligibility for certain veterans' benefits by eliminating the requirement that a veteran serve during specific wars or other periods of emergency, and, in certain instances, that a veteran serve in a war zone. Instead of service during specific dates or in specific locations, the bill requires a veteran to serve for at least 90 days, exclusive of certain types of initial training, in order to be eligible for any of the primary veterans' benefits. Alternatively, the bill requires a veteran of a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces (including the National Guard) to serve the entire period to which called to federal active service, exclusive of training, in order to be eligible for the primary veterans' benefits. A veteran who is discharged as the result of a service-connected disability will be eligible even if the veteran has not completed the 90 days' service or the period to which called to federal active service. The benefits that a newly eligible veteran could apply for are (1) a civil service preference under Title 11A of the New Jersey Statutes; (2) a veteran's retirement allowance under the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) or the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS); (3) the purchase of additional military service credit in the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS), TPAF and PERS; (4) the annual property tax deduction provided under Article VIII of the New Jersey Constitution ($150 in tax year 2001, $200 in tax year 2002 and $250 in each tax year thereafter) or the property tax exemption provided under N.J.S.A.54:4-3.30 for a veteran who is certified permanently 100% disabled by the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs. In addition, the surviving spouse of a veteran or of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a reserve component thereof killed while in active service is eligible in certain instances for a civil service preference or the property tax deduction or exemption. The bill also provides that an active service member of the United States Armed Forces or a current member of a reserve component thereof (including the National Guard) who has not been discharged from service is eligible for the civil service preference and the property tax deduction provided that he or she otherwise qualifies as a veteran. Eligibility for the property tax benefits and civil service benefits are contingent upon voter approval of an authorizing amendment to the State Constitution.
Military and Veterans' Affairs
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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