NEW MILFORD Town asked to pay American Legion dues for employees
NEW MILFORD — The local American Legion is asking the town to pay the first year of membership dues for veterans who work with the town as a way to introduce more veterans to the organization’s benefits.
American Legion Commander Jeff McBreairty made the request during this week’s Town Council.
He said he believes he has a good chance of having every town employee who is a veteran, especially if the town helps with the dues.
“The American Legion strives to promote membership and maintain our strong stature as the oldest military organization in this country,” McBreairty said. “We are presently 2.2 million strong, and when we go to Washington to vie for benefits for the veterans, our volumes in numbers speak.”
Dues are $35 per veteran. It will become the veteran’s responsibility to pay the dues after that first year and maintain their good standing with the organization.
“Veterans deserve to be recognized and helped as much as possible,” McBreairty said.
The Town Council did not respond to the request because it came during public comment, which is usually just a chance for the residents to speak.
McBreairty said he left 39 applications with the mayor though — in case they approved covering the dues.
The town has a history of honoring veterans. It hosts numerous ceremonies and Mayor Pete Bass gave up his parking spot at Town Hall for veterans.
“Our town honors our veterans in so many ways and it humbles me to know we are recognized and cared for and recognized for the services rendered,” McBreairty said.