Jun. 14, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)

Recognizing the dedication of Pennsylvania’s veterans, the House of Representatives last week approved a package of bills supporting those who served us and our country. We must always search for solutions and assistance for those who have suffered trauma, injuries and loss on our behalf. The Commonwealth’s veterans truly deserve the best care they can receive.

The “For Those Who Served” package of bills includes:
  •   House Bill 1421, which would increase the daily pay from $150 to $250 for the Veteran Service Organization Honor Guard Burial Details at our three national cemeteries.
  •   House Resolution 103, which would urge Congress to pass H.R. 1656, which would establish the “Treatment and Relief Through Emerging and Accessible Therapy for PTSD Act.”
  •   House Bill 164, which would require funeral entities to notify the County Veterans Affairs director, within 96 hours, of the death of a veteran.
  •   House Bill 941, which would authorize veterans and their family members to be charged the in-state tuition rate for colleges and universities on the date of their deposit, rather than the current “first day of the semester” requirement.
  •   House Bill 995, which would establish the Veterans Outreach and Support Network Program.
  •   House Bill 1057, which would add the Navy Club of the United States of America as a voting member of the PA State Veterans Commission.
  •   House Bill 1091, which would designate the 45-mile portion in Pennsylvania of US Route 20 as the Pennsylvania Medal of Honor Highway.

The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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