Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Governor Increases Benefits for Veterans

Veterans Day has come and gone, but support for veterans and their service continues.  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who served in the Commonwealth’s National Guard, is among the advocates for United States veterans, and recently signed seven pieces of legislation that champions the rights of those who have served in all branches of the Armed Services.

Governor Corbett’s legislative package will:

   Finance the Veterans Trust Fund, which will receive $1.7 million after the sale of Scotland School for Veterans Children, and continue to grow, providing help and assistance for veterans.
   Encourage the commonwealth to contract with veteran-owned small businesses.
   Create a “V” designation on Pennsylvania Driver Licenses, which will allow veterans to qualify for discounts or other benefits.
   Update the Pennsylvania Code of Military Justice, giving commanders more options in dealing with military offenses.
   Simplify and provide uniformity to the registration and absentee ballot process for uniformed service voters and overseas civilian voters for all elections within the state.
   Establish special license plates for World War II veterans of the U.S. Merchant Marine and for all veterans of the U.S Military Airborne Units
   Enable the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission to provide training for all police officers in the state to recognize and interact with veterans and other individuals suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

More information about these services can be found at www.pa.gov.

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