Solomon’s veterans registry bill becomes law

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today stood by Gov. Tom Wolf as he signed Solomon’s legislation into law that will help Pennsylvania veterans receive federal, state and local benefits.

House Bill 1231, now Act 69 of 2017, will 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.

“This law will ensure the hundreds of thousands of veterans in Pennsylvania who are potentially missing out on the opportunities and benefits others are receiving through the DMVA registry get the help they deserve,” Solomon said. “It will make more people aware of the existing one-stop shop for our veterans and their loved ones that allows them to discover programs and services that they may not have previously been aware of. The law also will help veterans, their families and support workers get access to important benefits that support them.”

Solomon added 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 stated. “Veterans served, and risked everything to protect our freedom and our country, so we all need to do what we possibly can to provide complete and comprehensive assistance for these men and women.

“I was honored to work closely with my friend and colleague Matt Gabler on this legislation. As an Army reservist myself and he a captain in the National Guard, we both know the sacrifices our fellow soldiers make for this country. We should all join in wishing Representative Gabler well on his extended deployment in the Middle East in 2018. Come home safe, Matt!”

House Bill 1231 is the freshman lawmaker’s first piece of legislation to become law as the prime sponsor.