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Lawmakers announce bill to help disabled veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – As Memorial Day approaches, some lawmakers say they need to focus on a timely issue to help disabled veterans.

Legislators unveiled a bill that will guarantee disabled veterans with the latest prosthetic technology no matter what their circumstance may be. 

With many veterans coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, officials say over 1,500 military members have lost limbs during service overseas, 51 of them being New York State residents.

Lawmakers say states must do more to help these veterans and improve their health. Under this proposed bill, veterans who lost a limb cannot be denied replacement of their outdated artificial limbs when new and more advanced prosthetic technology is available. 

Assemblyman Marcos Crespo of New York City says the bill was introduced last year and he is proposing it again this year after the recent negative national attention on the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Crespo said there are other veterans out there who have fought previous wars who deal with the same issues the recent vets face. He hopes lawmakers can fill the gap in services for these men and women in need and that this bill will be passed by the end of session. 

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