NEW HARTFORD- On Friday, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney announced new legislation that would give area veterans the proper recognition for their service.
The Chuck Osier Burial Benefits act gives veterans who are cremated or laid to rest in a non-traditional way, a choice to have an urn or plaque minted by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sherrill resident Donna Osier, widow of Vietnam Veteran Chuck Osier, reached out to the Congresswoman wanting to give more recognition to her late husband.
Osier's husband enlisted after college and served for four years and she said he really appreciated and love his country.
He died in 2007, and was cremated, but because it wasn't done in a non-traditional way he wasn't entitled to a plaque or urn. This new legislation will now allow him and his family to have that, and Osier said her husband would be very proud.
"He would say, you did it! He would start the battles and I would finish them because I don't give up and he would be proud of me," said Osier.