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Location: Washington, DC

Garrett Gazette- May 27,2008

Washington, May 27 -

Dear Friends:

This past weekend, in communities across the United States, memorial services and parades were held to honor the sacrifices of our servicemen and women who have given their lives in service to our great country. Their sacrifice continually strengthens the foundations of our democracy and is the underpinning of the freedoms that all Americans enjoy today.

I believe that Americans must also recognize the sacrifice our military families face when their loved ones are deployed in protection of the United States. All too often, military families face the burdens of the deployment with little acknowledgment of the additional burdens of running a household by themselves. In order to help these families, I have authored legislation which extends the federal income tax exemption our soldiers receive for their families.

My legislation, the Strengthening America's Military Families Act, would ease some of the financial burdens these military families face. This small tax exemption in no way compares to the sacrifices our servicemen and women have made for our enjoyed freedoms and security, but I strongly believe this bill would provide much needed relief for many of our military families.

To those men and women who have fought and defended the values and freedom that we all treasure, thank you.


Scott Garrett

Member of Congress

I am hosting an event kicking off our Veterans History Project on Monday, June 2nd. This exciting project, created in 2000 by Congress is aimed at collecting oral history interviews, memoirs, letters, diaries, photographs, and other original materials from veterans like you. The kick off event will be Monday, June 2nd at 10 am - 12 pm. at Sussex County Community College, 1 College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860 in the Performing Arts Center. If you have questions regarding this event or would like to sign up for an interview, please call my Newton office at 973.300.2000. Additional information can be found at

As you know, Rockland Electric recently temporarily suspended tree removal work near transmission lines in and around Upper Saddle River. I am pleased to announce that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities determined that Rockland Electric could revise their original vegetation management approach. In response, Rockland Electric has announced several new practices:

· Instead of removing all woody vegetation greater than three feet tall under wires, Rockland will now merely trim species that do not grow to the height of the transmission lines.

· Only some tall growing incompatible species will be trimmed or removed depending on the circumstances.

· Herbicides will be used only with a property owner's permission.

· Customers will be notified through face-to-face contact if tree cutting is necessary.

Please be advised that this is a situation that I have been closely monitoring and I will work to continue to provide you with any further developments. Feel free to contact my Paramus district office at 201.712.0330 if you have any questions regarding this matter.

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