Solomon-Gabler Veterans Registry bill voted out of Senate Veterans Committee

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

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk, are pleased that their legislation to help Pennsylvania’s veterans and their families get the support they need was unanimously approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

“I want to thank the Committee chairmen and my Senate colleagues for their unanimous support of this important legislation,” Solomon said. “With this bill, Representative Gabler and I hope to ensure that all veterans, their families and support workers know about all the benefits they can avail themselves of, and to ensure that all State agencies work together towards the common goal of providing that vital support.”

H.B. 1231 would expand and codify the existing Department of Military and Veterans Affairs 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 more than 894,000 veterans in Pennsylvania. That represents less than 1 percent of veterans in the commonwealth.

The bill awaits full Senate consideration.