TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew that expresses the state Senate’s support for businesses owned by New Jersey military veterans, and calls on the public to support veteran-owned businesses, was unanimously approved today by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
“Our military personnel make tremendous sacrifices to serve our country and protect our freedom,” said Senator Van Drew (D-Cape May/Cumberland/Atlantic). “When they return home, it is not only our duty to thank them for their courageous efforts, but also to support them as they adjust to civilian life. With this measure, we are sending a clear message that the state supports our veterans’ entrepreneurial efforts, and we are asking our residents to do the same.”
Specifically, the resolution (SR-120) would express support for businesses owned by veterans in New Jersey and call upon New Jersey citizens to support businesses that are owned by the persons who have honorably and courageously served this country in the Armed Forces of the United States and the New Jersey National Guard.
“Many veterans experience setbacks in developing and maintaining their business when they are called to active duty, or as a result of injuries and disabilities suffered during service,” said Senator Van Drew. “However, even in the face of these difficulties, veteran-owned businesses play a critical role in New Jersey’s economic growth and development. It is important that we recognize the immeasurable contributions they make to the state as a whole, and to the state’s economy. By supporting their business ventures, we will do both.”
If approved by the Senate, duly authenticated copies of the resolution, signed by the President of the Senate and attested to by the Secretary thereof, will be transmitted to the Governor of this State, and to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.