Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed laws today that would enable associates of the Nationwide Guard qualify as veterans underneath New York state regulation.

This would give them access to a slew of veterans gains.

“In my impression, they by no means got the recognition they deserved. It is 20 yrs overdue, but I’m listed here to set that straight,” she mentioned at the Javits Centre. “I will continue on to have your backs simply because you have ours each and every solitary day. And to guarantee that you are not just recognized in word, but also in deed.”

Hochul appeared together with the commander of the New York Military Nationwide Guard, Big Gen. Raymond F. Shields, Jr., to hand in excess of a citation honoring Nationwide Guard associates for their services on and just after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Hochul thanked the associates of the New York Countrywide Guard for deploying to “places like Afghanistan” and described her very own take a look at to “a godforsaken country” where she saw them.

“I experienced the chance as a member of Congress, to see quite a few users of the New York Countrywide Guard in struggle fatigues in a godforsaken place. It looked like the moonscape when you flew about the mountains and you landed. It was just so colorless and out there,” she claimed.

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