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Buttenschon backs trio of bills for veterans

Posted 2/2/22

MARCY — Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, has announced that she helped secure passage of three pieces of legislation on Monday to expand resources and support for veterans and …

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Buttenschon backs trio of bills for veterans

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MARCY — Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, has announced that she helped secure passage of three pieces of legislation on Monday to expand resources and support for veterans and their families.

“While we can never truly thank our veterans for all that they’ve done for us, we can ensure that they have the resources they need when they return home,” said Buttenschon, a member of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “This legislation specifically addresses the challenges that too many veterans face when they return home, including service-related mental health issues, trauma and homelessness.”

Tragically, rates of suicide for American veterans have risen sharply in recent decades, Buttenschon said. A 2021 Costs of War Project report found that over 30,000 active-duty service members and veterans of the War on Terror have died by suicide, she said.

To help address this trend, Buttenschon said she helped pass legislation to increase the number of members of the Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Task Force from nine to 13 members. She also co-sponsored and passed a bill to require the state Department of Health to create a form for coroners and medical examiners to use to report the death of a veteran by suicide.

Lastly, Buttenschon said she helped pass legislation to require temporary homeless shelters that are reimbursed by the state or receive state-administered grants or funds to ask applicants if they are military veterans.

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