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Bill easing proof of disability for veterans’ parking privileges passes Assembly

NEW JERSEY – Veterans who are 100% disabled would have less paper to submit when renewing parking privileges under a bill sponsored by Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space.

The Assembly on Monday passed their bill (S660/A2438).

“I am happy we can provide a little helping hand to veterans who are 100% disabled due to a service-related condition,” Wirths (R-Sussex) said. “Any little bit the state can do to make life easier for these men and women who served their country, I am behind 100%.”

The bill requires that veterans who are 100% disabled submit their Department of Veterans Affairs statement confirming that disability to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission only with their initial application for parking privileges. Under current law, they must submit that statement with each renewal request.

Honorably discharged veterans who are 100% disabled due to a service-related condition are eligible for certain unemployment, health care and educational benefits. In New Jersey, such veterans are eligible to receive disability identification cards, placards and license plates.

“Any bill that peels away at the layers of bureaucracy to help our veterans is something I support,” Space (R-Sussex) said.

The latest VA data from 2019 shows 350,538 veterans live in New Jersey. Of those, 60,027 receive disability compensation, although it’s unreported how many of those are 100% disabled.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Leader Sen. Steven Oroho, passed in the Senate last March.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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