The House of Representatives gave unanimous approval Wednesday to two bills introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny and Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee) and sent the measures to the Governor for enactment into law.
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. Currently, when an officer, warrant officer, or enlisted officer retires from the PA National Guard, they are automatically given an honorary in-state promotion if they meet certain criteria and apply for the promotion.
“This legislation strengthens 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, without a clear definition the term has 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. “Making this change will help ensure consistency throughout each of the programs under state law.”
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