New law helps veterans

NEWTON. More veterans qualify for street vendor license, under new law.

Aug 11 2019 | 09:52 PM

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver signed bi-partisan legislation this week expanding the number of veterans eligible for free peddler’s licenses that allow them to sell goods or food on the street.

    In addition to veterans with an honorable discharge, the new law also exempts those who received the second highest form of military discharge, known as a general discharge under honorable conditions, from the $125 fee (or $50 for 62 and older).

    “This isn’t about giving them a free license, it’s giving them an opportunity,” said Assemblyman Parker Space, a sponsor of the bill (A4095) and the New Jersey VFW 2018 Legislator of the Year. “More men and women who stepped up to serve our country can be their own boss, earn extra income and even grow their venture into a food truck or brick-and-mortar business.”

    Assemblyman Hal Wirths, also of the 24th legislative district, is a co-sponsor of the bill, which passed both houses unanimously in May.

    To qualify, a veteran must present a copy of their discharge papers to their county clerk.