Veterans Bills

Veterans Bills go to the Governor

vets_articleThe House has unanimously passed several Senate bills intended to help veterans who may be struggling financially.

Two bills allow disabled Pennsylvania veterans to apply for reduced-fee hunting  and fishing licenses. Senate Bill 1102 will reduce the cost of fishing licenses for disabled veterans to $1 for an annual license. Senate Bill 1090, would do the same for hunting licenses.

Currently, Pennsylvania law allows for free hunting and fishing licenses only for veterans who are either certified as 100 percent disabled, or who have lost the use of one of their arms or legs.  These bills will allow those rated at less than 100 percent disabled but paid at the 100 percent rate due to non-employability to be eligible for a free hunting and fishing license.

On Monday the House also passed a bill that will help a greater number of military families who have fallen on hard times.

Senate Bill 923 expands the eligibility for grants for the state’s Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) to include more service members and their families.

The program, which currently has a $1 million surplus, receives funding through a voluntary check-off on the Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax refund. Grants of up to $3,500 are awarded to financially struggling service members and their families.

To provide additional flexibility, the bill will allow service members to receive aid for any pressing financial need beyond their control, not just those needs directly resulting from military service. For more information on the MFRAP program, click here.

All three bills now head to the governor’s desk