Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Approves Veterans Measures

Today the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee approved two bills addressing issues for Veterans, according to Committee Chairman Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny). 

Senate Bill 552, introduced by Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), would pull together several funding sources and establish the “Pennsylvania Veterans’ Monuments and Memorial Fund.”  The primary purpose of the Fund will be to maintain monuments and memorials dedicated to Pennsylvania veterans and military units, primarily the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, the Pennsylvania unit monuments and markers at Gettysburg National Military Park, and Pennsylvania’s two American World War II battle monuments in France.  The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, which will be charged with the Administration of the Fund, will have the ability to solicit and accept donations for the Fund.

“Veterans monuments and memorials help tell the story about our nation’s history and they help us remember and honor those that fought for our nation’s freedom,” said Sen. Vulakovich.  “Senate Bill 552 will help ensure that Pennsylvania veterans’ monuments and memorials are maintained for future generations.”

House Bill 165, sponsored by Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny), would create two new military-style commendations, the “Pennsylvania Achievement Medal” and the “Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award.”

“These new medals will recognize the efforts of the many wonderful men and women who are or have provided exemplary service to our Commonwealth and our veterans,” said Sen. Vulakovich. 

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