ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
ASSEMBLY, No. 1477
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
DATED: †JUNE 14, 2022
††††† The Assembly Appropriations Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 1447.
†††† This bill would increase the annual payments that are made by the State to veterans with certain wartime service-connected disabilities to $1,800.
†††† Currently, a blind veteran receives $750 annually under the Blind Veteransí Allowance Program. †This amount has not been changed since 1971. †A veteran with certain other disabilities also receives $750 annually under the Paraplegic and Hemiplegic Veteransí Allowance Program. †This amount has not been changed since 1981. †This bill would increase the annual payments to $1,800.
††††† The Office of Legislative Services (OLS) concludes that the incremental State costs to provide the higher annual allowance to veterans with certain wartime service-connected disabilities to be $194,250 per year.† Costs would be higher or lower each year depending upon the number of veterans who are eligible to receive the allowance.
††††† As of March 2021, there were 185 blind and otherwise disabled veterans receiving an allowance under the Blind Veteransí Allowance Program and the Paraplegic and Hemiplegic Veteransí Allowance Program.† Veterans may be eligible for both allowance payments.