Assemblyman Dave Wolfe today said he will continue to fight for legislation he sponsors that will provide assistance to families of military personnel who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of an oversees deployment. The measure was unfortunately held today in the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee.
The bill, A-384, creates a new “Support the Troops” specialty license plate with the proceeds earmarked for the families of New Jersey Army and Air National Guard personnel who are serving overseas.
“This measure is an excellent resource to help our troops and their families when the main breadwinner is called away from their place of employment to serve our country overseas,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean. “Although serving in a foreign land, they are still responsible for their household expenses and bills such as rent, mortgage and car payments, credit card bills, even paying their taxes. Unfortunately, many receive only a portion of their salaries from their places of employment while their bills continue to mount.
“I have worked for five years to get this legislation heard in committee. Unfortunately, it was held unexpectedly,” he continued. “I certainly hope the bill will be reconsidered at the committee’s next hearing for the sake of our military personnel and their families who would benefit greatly.”
The measure authorizes a “Support the Troops” specialty license plate in consultation with the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.