Solomon’s veterans registry bill passes the Senate, heads to governor

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., said he is thrilled that the Senate unanimously passed his legislation that would help Pennsylvania veterans receive federal, state and local benefits. It now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature.

House Bill 1231 would expand 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 more than 10,000 veterans, but that number is still significantly less than the 894,000 veterans living in Pennsylvania.

“There are hundreds of thousands of veterans in Pennsylvania who are potentially missing out on the opportunities and benefits others are receiving through the DMVA registry,” Solomon said. “That’s unacceptable and that’s why this legislation is so crucial.”

This bipartisan effort was first co-sponsored by state Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk.

“This is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue,” Solomon explained. “This is simply an issue of ensuring these brave individuals, who put their lives on the line for our freedom, are given the treatment they undoubtedly deserve.”

The legislation passed the House in June.