Email to a friend

Bills Introduced On Veterans’ Issues

State legislators and veterans gathered at the Capitol to discuss various bills on veterans issues. The goal they say is to give our heroes in uniform the welcome home they deserve.

State Senator Greg Ball of the 40th District said, ”Our veterans are the best in this country and the best in New York State, and we have to do everything we can to protect them.”

That’s why the state senator is looking to make sure veterans get the support system they need when they come home, from health care to education. There was also a big push for a law to benefit service disabled veteran owned small businesses. Mathew Tully, a disabled vet who started the law firm Tully Rinckey, said when soldiers return home and try to start their own business, they don’t have a fair chance to get any contracts with the state.

Mathew Tully of the Tully Rinckey Law Firm said, ”Small businesses are one of the main driving forces of our economy, and helping veterans who have received leadership training and management training from the government, to then go become entrepreneurs is a benefit for everyone.”

Vietnam veteran Ron said, ”We can’t live without work. You have to have work. So somebody has to help us, but we need help. If the work isn’t available we can’t do it.”

Another topic on Monday’s agenda was what to do about protests at military funerals. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled the Westboro Baptist Church was exercising its first amendment right to mount anti-gay protests outside military funerals.

Vietnam veteran Charles Miller said, ”It’s a disgrace to mock someone who gave their life for their country. I realize we have freedom of speech. That’s why we’re a free society, but to just go there and to make bad relationships with young men and women who died for their country. I think it’s horrible.”

Now, Senator Ball is pushing for legislation to create a 500 foot buffer zone outside of soldiers funerals.

Senator Ball said, ”Because of public safety we have the right to enforce those laws and of course for common decency we should have been doing this for quite some time.”

And an overriding message of the day: You don’t have to honor the war, to honor the warrior.


Attorney Locator

Find an attorney near you.
Click below.

Contact Us

  • Free Turkeys for Veterans and Active Duty Personnel

    VESTAL, N.Y. – WICZ-TV BINGHAMTON Veterans and active duty service members from around the southern tier were treated to a free turkey Tuesday afternoon.  The veteran owned law firm Tully Rinckey teamed up with Price Chopper and provided 12 to 14 pound …

  • Veterans receive free turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday

    VESTAL (WBNG) One law firm spent its Tuesday giving free turkeys to Veterans for the holidays. Tully Rinckey partnered with Price Chopper for the “Turkeys for Veterans” program. This is the first year the program has come to the Binghamton area. Active duty service people …

Read All

  • Free Download: EEOC 2016 Update White Paper

    You Could Be Sharing Confidential Info and Not Even Know It Tully Rinckey’s white paper details the Equal Employment Opportunity’s (“EEOC”) nationwide change to procedure that has gone largely unnoticed. The new procedure applies to Charges filed on or after …

Read All

Read All

Read All