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      Village of Wappingers Falls Unit member Tyler Windheim, right, recently used his hobby as a way
to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans. Windheim, a laborer for the village’s water department, used his talent for wood carving
to create a majestic eagle situated outside Veterans of Foreign Wars William B. Wilson Post 666 in Beacon. Windheim’s father, Pete Windheim, is a member of Post 666 who approached his son to create something that could replace a prior monument that had fallen into disrepair. The result, a 250-pound eagle statue that is 13 feet high, with wings spanning eight feet,
was dedicated during Post 666’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11. Windheim, is pictured here at the dedication with his father.
The Long Island Veterans Committee holds their annual Veterans Day ceremony at Armed Forces Plaza in front of the Korean War monuments. Back, from left, Long Island Region Veterans Committee members Ed Hussey and Bill Parente. Front row, Veterans Committee Chair Maryann Phelps.
Long Island Veterans Committee members
and region activists recite the Pledge of Alligiance at a Veterans Day ceremony in Hauppauge.
J.J. Kremm carries a ceremonial wreath during a Veterans Day ceremony in Hauppauge.
CSEA Long Island Region Veterans Committee member Vera McDowell, center, reads a passage during
a Veterans Day ceremony in Hauppauge. At left is Long Island Judiciary Local President Larry Germano. Long Island Region 2nd Vice President Diane Hansen is at right.
 Hochul signs law to expand civil service points for veterans
On Veterans Day, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation that expands civil service benefits for all
honorably discharged veterans.
The legislation (S.763 - Gounardes
/ A.5447 - Abbate) provides all honorably discharged veterans the ability to receive additional points on civil service examinations in recognition of their service.
For original appointment,
the credit is five points for a non-disabled veteran and 10 points for a disabled veteran. For
promotions, the credit is 2.5 points for a non-disabled veteran and five points for a disabled veteran.
Previously, only veterans who served during specific times and theatres of war were eligible for these credits.
Expanding the points credit to veterans who served our nation honorably outside of specific times of war especially benefits women, who for many years could not serve in combat roles.
This law, a CSEA priority bill,
went into effect on November 11, but will only apply to examinations created after the effective date.
“The dedicated men and women who have courageously served our country all deserve respect and recognition for their service,” CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan said. “Thank you to Governor Hochul and our state legislators for supporting this important legislation to provide greater fairness and parity for all veterans who honorably served our nation.”
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