Brewster, N.Y. – (11/14/2013) – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed S2574 into law, which will allow for the recognition of New York States Cold War Veterans.

“I would like to thank Governor Cuomo as well as my colleagues in both the Senate and Assembly for supporting this bill to honor our Cold War Veterans,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Now, thousands of New York State Cold War Veterans who prevented communist world domination and nuclear war can receive proper recognition for their service.”

This law authorizes New York State to distribute a military decoration known as the “Cold War Certificate.” The certificate can be awarded to any current or former New York State resident that was honorably discharged from service in the United States Armed Forces during the period of time from September 2nd 1945 – December 16th 1991, commonly known as the Cold War Era.

The Chairman of Senator Greg Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council Eugene Parrotta, who served in the United States Army in Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts for his service, said he was very happy the legislation will now become law.

“No one works harder for veterans in New York State than Senator Greg Ball. I am honored to receive this recognition from New York State,” said Parrotta. “Many of us never heard thank you when we came home from the service. This new certificate will ensure those that served during the Cold War Era are properly recognized.”

Senator Ball introduced the legislation in June 2012, and the bill successfully passed both the Senate and Assembly during the Spring of 2013.

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About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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