HARRISBURG – Just in time for Veterans Day, the state Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee on Tuesday in Harrisburg approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) designed to create a system to link veterans and their family members with programs and services specifically designed to meet their needs back in their local communities.
“Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much for our nation,” Kaufer said. “My bill is designed to help veterans as they transition from military service to civilian life. We want to provide veterans and their family members with access to programs and services that can help them during the often-times difficult transition back to civilian life.”
Kaufer’s House Bill 995
would establish the Veterans’ Outreach and Support Network Program, which would provide veterans and their family members with a network of participating organizations that can help them with the unique issues they face as they transition from military service back to civilian life.
The program would be administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).
DMVA would coordinate with other state agencies, county veterans affairs offices, veterans service organizations, and health care provider and nonprofit organizations that serve veterans and their families.
“I’m pleased the Senate is moving forward with this legislation to help our military veterans,” Kaufer said. “We want veterans and their family members to have access to an easy, one-stop-shop for a variety of information and resources to help them transition back to civilian life.”
Kaufer’s legislation now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
More information about Kaufer is available at RepKaufer.com
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Representative Aaron Kaufer
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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