Governor Signs Senator Vulakovich’s Military Bills into Law

Today, Governor Wolf signed into law two bills addressing military issues, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny and Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee), prime sponsor of the measures.

Senate Bill 1046 codifies the standards for the promotion for the Pennsylvania National Guard and ensures compliance with U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force uniform regulations. Previously, when an officer, warrant officer, or enlisted officer retires from the PA National Guard, they were automatically given an honorary in-state promotion if they met certain criteria and applied for the promotion.

“This new law provides clearer guidelines for the standards for promotions on the retired list by requiring the member’s command to provide a recommendation to the Adjutant General prior to the approval for an honorary in-state promotion,” said Senator Vulakovich.

Senate Bill 1045 standardizes the term “other than dishonorable” when dealing with a veterans eligibility for programs and benefits. While this is common language used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the lack of a clear definition the term created confusion among veterans as to state benefits eligibility.

“Over the years, there have been questions concerning programs utilizing such wording without a definition,” Senator Vulakovich said. “This law provides consistency for the programs under state law.”

Contact: Nate Silcox (717) 787-6538 or nsilcox@pasen.gov.