A measure signed into law Monday by Gov. Kathy Hochul is meant to improve access to information for benefits and services that are available to members of the New York National Guard. 

The information, meant to expand access, will cover both written forms as well as on the website of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs. It will cover family benefits, moral, welfare and recreation discounts, veterans benefits, insurance and financial assistance. 

"Our National Guard members put their lives on the line every day to keep New Yorkers across the state safe, and they are owed a great deal for their sacrifice," Hochul said. "As my administration continues to strive towards transparency and clarity in all facets of government, this bill will help our National Guard members clearly understand the benefits that are offered to them for their service to New Yorkers."    

Officials and state lawmakers who backed the legislation hope it will improve retention and recruitment of members. 

"Taking care of our servicemembers is our highest priority, this legislation to provide updates and current benefit information to our Soldiers and Airmen is important to every member of the New York National Guard," said Maj. Gen. Ray Shields. "Recruiting and retaining service members and strengthening the support for our military families across the Division of Military and Naval Affairs means always striving to keep members informed by using every tool and technology at our disposal.  We thank Governor Hochul and the Legislature for their continued support."

The measure was supported by state Sen. James Sanders and Assemblywoman Mariann Buttenschon.