Barrar and Committee Vote to Create a Medal for People Serving Veterans
HARRISBURG – Led by majority chairman Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee unanimously approved legislation to create a new Department of Military and Veteran Affairs (DMVA) medal for veterans and private citizens who perform exceptional services for veterans.
“Currently, the Commonwealth has no way to honor the men and women who go beyond the typical call of duty for our military if they are not also military themselves. But there are lots of people who are dedicated to this important community, and their efforts can be recognized by the governor and Pennsylvania’s adjutant general as a result of House Bill 247
,” Barrar said.
The committee also passed legislation that would include monuments and memorials as eligible expenses under the Veterans Trust Fund.
Lastly, House Bill 204
would place the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol (CAP) under the DMVA’s oversight. With the passage of this bill, CAP would receive its own line item in the state budget and become eligible for additional financial resources through federal matching programs.
The bills are now awaiting a vote in the House.
To view footage of the House Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee’s meeting, click here
Representative Stephen E. Barrar
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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