Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee to Consider Three Measures on Tuesday

The Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will consider three measures, including a bill to assist veterans find information about important programs and services, at its meeting set for Tuesday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m. in Room 8E-A in the State Capitol East Wing, according to Committee Chairman Senator Randy Vulakovich.

House Bill 1231 establishes a registry within the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans with information regarding state benefits, programs, and services.  “Our veterans have given much to our state and our nation, therefore it is important that we step up to ensure that they have access to all of the programs and services that they deserve,” according to Sen.  Vulakovich.

Senate Resolution 5 establishes a Women’s Veterans’ Health Care task force to address the needs of Pennsylvania’s growing female veteran population.  “This task force would review issues facing women veterans, such as PTSD, alcohol and drug abuse and sexual trauma,” said Vulakovich.  “It would also serve as an advocate for all of the Pennsylvania women who have served in uniform as the Commonwealth shapes new health care policies and reviews existing ones.”

Senate Bill 798 allows the appointment of a one-star or two-star military officer to the Military Enhancement Commission.  “The Commission helps to ensure that the Commonwealth and its communities are prepared in case of base closure or restructuring initiatives at the federal level,” said Vulakovich.###

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