Solomon-Gabler Veterans Registry bill passes the House

The legislation would allow DMVA to work more closely with state agencies to ensure Pa. veterans are receiving the benefits they deserve

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., is pleased that the House passed his legislation that would help Pennsylvania veterans receive federal, state and local benefits.

“Every day, many of our veterans struggle to pay their rent or get groceries. House Bill 1231 develops a comprehensive approach for those who have served our country honorably. It incorporates all different state agencies and county veterans’ organizations to ensure that –not only the veteran- but also the families have access to the benefits they are entitled to,” Solomon said. “This registry would enable the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to engage veterans and provide more effective information on federal, state and local government benefits, programs and services available for them.”

According to Solomon, H.B. 1231 would expand the existing DMVA registry’s reach by bringing other agencies into the process of identifying veterans who stand to benefit. Currently, the DMVA manages an online registry that lists roughly 7,000 of the over 894,000 veterans in Pennsylvania. That represents less than 1 percent of veterans in the commonwealth.

“I appreciate Representative Solomon reaching across the aisle for help in moving this critical piece of legislation to help the men and women who have served or are serving our country,” said state Rep. Matt Gabler, the first co-sponsor of the legislation. “We hope our Senate colleagues will act quickly and move the bill to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk.”

Solomon said he wanted to thank Gabler and the rest of House members for taking a step to provide veterans the highest level of care.

“They served, and risked everything to protect our country and our freedom, and it’s our responsibility to provide complete and comprehensive assistance,” Solomon said.

The bill moves to the Senate for consideration.