Providing help for our veterans
Throughout the nation this weekend, communities are paying tribute to veterans with a variety of parades, ceremonies and dedications.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. President Woodrow Wilson declared a national day to commemorate the armistice a year later in 1919. That has since become Veterans Day.
The sacrifices these men and women make — all to protect our freedoms and our way of life — can never truly be repaid. We are forever in their debt and remain grateful for all they do.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly continues to do its part by enacting new laws to help families of active-duty military members and veterans.
Act 119 of 2018 requires public schools to provide support services and information to a student when a parent or guardian is deployed for active duty. To help raise additional funds for veterans’ programs and services, Act 149 of 2018 allows applicants for a two-year vehicle registration to double their donation to the Veterans Trust Fund, when completed online.
These new laws are in addition to Act 9 of 2017, the socalled Stolen Valor Law, which makes it a crime for someone to misrepresent military service or honors for the purpose of fraudulently attempting to obtain money, property or other benefits.
To help ensure veterans have access to the wide range of support services and programs available to them, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has compiled an online registry to better connect veterans with available resources. Registration takes only a few minutes, and can be done at www .register.dmva.pa.gov.
Through this registry, veterans can choose to have their information shared with their county director of veterans affairs and other relevant state agencies. They can also opt in to receive timely, informative emails regarding local, state and national news; program updates; community events; and employment opportunities available specifically for veterans.