Assembly Panel Approves Mazzeo, Andrzejczak, Jimenez, Vainieri Huttle & Benson Bill Boosting Rental Assistance for Veterans
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak, Angelica Jimenez, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Daniel Benson to boost rental assistance to military veterans was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.
"Our veterans were willing to endure untold sacrifices for their country. Now we need to step up to the plate and do all we can to help care for them," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). This financial assistance is meant to give a hands-up while they find the road back to self-sufficiency."
"For veterans returning to a post-combat life, especially our 'wounded warriors,' housing assistance can be critical," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). "Boosting this program will go a long way towards helping many rebuild their lives without having to rely entirely on family."
BY MEGAN BURROW Teaneck Suburbanite
TEANECK - Mark Cassidy still recalls clearly his first memory of his older brother Donald. He was five years old, and his brother was finally coming home to Teaneck after spending nearly two years in a German prison camp.
A radio specialist with the 390th Bomber Group in the 570 Squadron of the U.S. Air Corps, Donald Cassidy was 21 years old and flying on his sixth mission when his plane was shot down by a German Messerschmitt in November 1943.
Pictured, from left to right, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Army Specialist Walton Morris, World War II veteran Donald Cassidy and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle pose with Cassidy's proclamation honoring him for his service as a veteran as well as a German prisoner of war.
Donald Cassidy, a WWII veteran and German prisoner of war, reads over the proclamation with his son David Cassidy. Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle presented Cassidy with a proclamation honoring his service at a ceremony in the Heritage Pointe retirement community on Feb. 13.
Two of the plane's crew members were killed. Cassidy and seven others parachuted to safety, but were captured and spent several days in solitary confinement before being taken to Stalag XVII, a prison camp in Krems, Austria.