Legislation Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak, Raj Mukherji, Paul Moriarty, Daniel Benson, Joseph Danielsen and Eric Houghtaling sponsored to boost assistance for "wounded warriors" and their caregivers, an ever-growing demographic that faces unique challenges in the post-9/11 era, advanced by the full Assembly on Monday, 78-0.
The lawmakers were inspired by a recent RAND Corporation study that included a number of unsettling statistics regarding the care of wounded veterans in the post-9/11 era, most notably that an estimated 1.1 million civilians are providing volunteer care-giving services to wounded veterans. Meanwhile, the study found that 53 percent of post-9/11 voluntary caregivers have no support network.
"The purpose of the bill is to help care for those who are caring for our veterans," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Care-giving for post-9/11 veterans is a massive economic and societal undertaking that we're facing right now. The enormous sacrifice our military members have made during two wars for over a decade now deserves a better response from our end."