November is

National Veterans and Military Families Month

The veterans of the United States are a representation of the best of our country. To show our thanks for all that they give, we celebrate National Veterans and Military Families Month every year during the month of November. During this time, we recognize veterans, military families, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service.

National Veterans and Military Families Month was first declared in November 2016. Every year since then, November has become a time to acknowledge the sacrifices that veterans and military families make. Our patriots answer the call to defend our nation, often facing danger and uncertainty with unparalleled bravery and resilience. These heroes have always relied on their families for support, and military families endure separation from their loved ones as well as changes to their living situations. The veterans of the United States and their military families have always been a beacon of courage and strength.

The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats thank our veterans during National Veterans and Military Families Month – and every month – and encourage all communities to support our service members and their families.

Legislation

Senate Resolution 170

A Resolution establishing a task force on services for veterans, including the coordination of services in this Commonwealth among Federal, State, local and nonprofit programs aimed at serving veterans, and directing the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to the task force and conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of services for veterans.

Prime Sponsor: Senator IOVINO

Last Action: Amended and Adopted, Oct. 30, 2019 [Senate]

Senate Resolution 194

A Concurrent Resolution recognizing October 13, 2019, as the 244th birthday of the United States Navy.

Prime Sponsor: Senator IOVINO

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Sept. 19, 2019 [Senate]

House Bill 1324

An Act amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in military educational programs, further providing for definitions, for eligibility, for grants, for amount of grants, for limitations, for recoupment of grant payments, for regulations, for administration and for Educational Assistance Program Fund and providing for a military family education program; and making editorial changes.

Prime Sponsor: Representative BARRAR

Last Action: Act No. 32

Senate Bill 772

An Act designating the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Purple Heart State and August 7 as “Purple Heart Day” in Pennsylvania.

Prime Sponsor: Senator BROWNE

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, June 17, 2019 [Senate]

Senate Resolution 140

A Resolution urging the Congress of the United States to ensure the United States Department of Veterans Affairs sufficiently implements the letter and spirit of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 and provide veterans in this Commonwealth with the care they have earned for their military service.

Prime Sponsor: Senator DiSANTO

Last Action: Transmitted as directed, July 25, 2019 [Senate]

Senate Bill 589

An Act amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in military educational programs, further providing for definitions, for eligibility, for grants, for amount of grants, for limitations, for recoupment of grant payments, for regulations, for administration and for Educational Assistance Program Fund and providing for a military family education program; and making editorial changes.

Prime Sponsor: Senator REGAN

Last Action: Laid on the table, Oct. 23, 2019 [House]

House Resolution 558

A Resolution designating the month of November 2019 as “Veteran Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania in conjunction with the annual “Veterans Day” observance on November 11, 2019.

Prime Sponsor: Representative SCHLEGEL CULVER

Last Action: Reported as committed, Oct. 29, 2019 [House]

House Resolution 590

A Resolution commemorating December 7, 2019, as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

Prime Sponsor: Representative READSHAW

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Oct. 23, 2019 [House]

House Resolution 554

A Resolution honoring the continuing work of the Veterans Courts in this Commonwealth.

Prime Sponsor: A Resolution honoring the continuing work of the Veterans Courts in this Commonwealth.

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Oct. 11, 2019 [House]

Senate Resolution 267

A Resolution recognizing November 11, 2019, as “Veterans Day” in Pennsylvania.

Prime Sponsor: Senator IOVINO

Last Action: Introduced and adopted, Oct. 29, 2019 [Senate]

Senate Bill 849

An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in registration of vehicles, providing for special plates for recipients of Navy and Marine Corps Medal.

Prime Sponsor: Senator IOVINO

Last Action: Referred to TRANSPORTATION, Sept. 18, 2019 [Senate]

House Resolution 53

A Concurrent Resolution urging the President and Congress of the United States to take immediate action to preserve the underwater graves of servicepersons who died defending this nation.

Prime Sponsor: Representative GILLEN

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Feb. 1, 2019 [Senate]

Senate Bill 757

An Act amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in veterans’ pensions and benefits, further providing for amputee and paralyzed veteran’s pension.

Prime Sponsor: Senator YUDICHAK

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, June 12, 2019 [Senate]

House Bill 233

An Act amending the act of July 28, 1953 (P.L.723, No.230), known as the Second Class County Code, in special powers and duties of the county, further providing for flags to decorate graves.

Prime Sponsor: Representative O’NEAL

Last Action: Re-reported as committed, Sept. 23, 2019 [Senate]

Senate Bill 298

An Act amending Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in proprietary and official rights, further providing for the offense of wearing of uniforms and insignia and misrepresentation of military service or honors; and, in State Veterans’ Commission and Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans’ Affairs, further providing for Veterans’ Trust Fund.

Prime Sponsor: Senator BAKER

Last Action: Act No. 62

House Resolution 552

A Resolution honoring the 244th birthday of the United States Marine Corps on November 10, 2019.

Prime Sponsor: Representative READSHAW

Last Action: Reported as committed, Oct. 29, 2019 [House]

House Bill 1933

An Act establishing the Veterans’ Housing Assistance Program; and making appropriations.

Prime Sponsor: Representative HILL-EVANS

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Oct. 15, 2019 [House]

House Bill 1898

An Act amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in disabled veterans’ real estate tax exemption, further providing for duty of commission by removing a rebuttable presumption.

Prime Sponsor: Representative LAWRENCE

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Sept. 30, 2019 [House]

House Resolution 397

A Resolution recognizing the Pennsylvania American Legion Auxiliary Keystone Girls State program being held during the week of June 16, 2019.

Prime Sponsor: Representative KLUNK

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Sept. 23, 2019 [House]

Senate Resolution 271

Title: A Resolution recognizing the month of November 2019 as “Military Family Month” in Pennsylvania.

Prime Sponsor: Senator IOVINO

Last Action: Introduced and adopted, Oct. 30, 2019 [Senate]

House Resolution 470

A Concurrent Resolution recognizing October 13, 2019, as the 244th birthday of the United States Navy.

Prime Sponsor: Representative MIHALEK

Last Action: Adopted, Sept. 25, 2019 (49-0) [Senate]

House Bill 1609

An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in registration of vehicles, further providing for contributions to Veterans’ Trust Fund.

Prime Sponsor: Representative O’MARA

Last Action: Representative O’MARA

Senate Resolution 169

A Resolution designating the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Purple Heart State and recognizing August 7th as “Purple Heart Day” in Pennsylvania.

Prime Sponsor: Senator BROWNE

Last Action: Adopted, June 25, 2019 [Senate]

House Bill 807

An Act amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Pennsylvania National Guard, further providing for compensation of division commander or equivalent; and making a related repeal.

Prime Sponsor: Representative RYAN

Last Action: Act No. 55

Senate Bill 128

An Act amending Titles 51 (Military Affairs) and 74 (Transportation) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Department of Military Affairs, providing for Civil Air Patrol; and, in authority of Department of Transportation, further providing for authority of department.

Prime Sponsor: Senator REGAN

Last Action: Act No. 60

House Resolution 522

A Resolution designating the month of October 2019 as “Agent Orange Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Prime Sponsor: Representative MATZIE

Last Action: Representative MATZIE

House Resolution 555

A Resolution urging the Congress of the United States to pass House Res. 1773, which would award the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the women who joined the “Rosie the Riveter” campaign during World War II.

Prime Sponsor: Representative SHUSTERMAN

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Oct. 11, 2019 [House]

House Resolution 411

: A Resolution designating June 27, 2019, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day” and the month of June 2019 as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Prime Sponsor: Representative BARRAR

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Sept. 23, 2019 [House]

House Resolution 409

A Resolution designating June 15, 2019, as “LRRP of Company I (Ranger) 75th Infantry Division Day” in Pennsylvania.

Prime Sponsor: Representative DiGIROLAMO

Last Action: Referred to VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Sept. 23, 2019 [House]

Senate Resolution 307 – Gold Star Wives Day

A Resolution recognizing April 5, 2018, as “Gold Star Wives Day” in Pennsylvania.

The Gold Star Wives were established April 5, 1945, as a way to unite the spouses and families of the members and veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States who have died on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability. Their primary mission is to provide services, support and friendship to the spouses of fallen members and veterans of the armed forces. Pennsylvania is part of the Middle Atlantic Region and has two Chapters, one in Philadelphia and one in Greater Pittsburgh.

Senate Resolution 334 – Silver Star Families Day

A Resolution recognizing May 1, 2018, as “Silver Star Families Day” in Pennsylvania.

To make sure we remember the sacrifice of our wounded warriors, the Silver Star Families of America gives out thousands of their distinctive Silver Star banners and flags each year to wounded service members and their families. The Silver Star represents the “Silver Star Shining for Sacrifice.” All military personnel who were wounded by enemy action, friendly fire, or contracted a serious illness while serving in a war zone are eligible to receive the Silver Star banner and flag. On May 1st, we should all recommit to caring for those who return to us wounded or ill.

Senate Resolution 341 – Military Spouse Day

A Resolution recognizing May 11, 2018, as “Military Spouse Day” in Pennsylvania.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day was created by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 as a day to recognize the contributions made by military spouses to the well-being of soldiers and military communities. Today’s military spouses, both men and women, often endure long separations from their loved ones. Many times these husbands and wives are left to single-handedly take care of their children and homes, as well as their own careers. Please join us in honoring the commitment military spouses have made to their loved ones by signing on as a co-sponsor of this resolution.