By J.ManigrossAugust 12, 2009
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State and Community Programs and Services
The Patriot Plan
The Patriot Plan is a package of benefits and protections for service members. The majority of the provisions apply only to New York residents. www.dmna.state.ny.us.
New York National Guard Family Readiness Council provides direct and indirect financial assistance to New York service members families. The Council assesses the needs of the families of service members and seeks financial solutions. www.nyfrc-inc.org.
New York State Division of Veterans Affairs
New York State Division of Veterans Affairs provides resources on veteran educational benefits. www.veterans.ny.gov.
Free Empire Passports
The Patriot Plan provides a free empire passport to military personnel called to federal or state active duty in response to an emergency after September 11. www.nysparks.state.ny.us.
Military Spouse Residency Relief Act
On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home state in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that state to accompany the service member. In the State of New York an exemption from New York withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the U.S. Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not New York. For more information visit www.tax.state.ny.us