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Welcome to“Mike’s Memo,” an update on what’s happening in the 48th Senatorial District and the State Capitol. If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to visit my website atwww.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about my legislative priorities issues that may affect you and your family.

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Week of March 19, 2018

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Reminded to Apply for Bonus Program

The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is still accepting applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program, but only until August 31, 2018.  The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.

To be eligible for the bonus, a service member must have:

  • Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard
  • Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period of Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991
  • Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal
  • Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service
  • Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently active duty

Since 2008, about 9,500 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus for their war efforts.  Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible.  To apply, visit www.persiangulfbonus.pa.gov.

Constituent Highlight: Brooke Halinar, PA Poetry Out Loud Winner!

Congratulations to Brooke Halinar, a junior from Cornwall-Lebanon School District in Lebanon County, who placed first in the 2018 PA Poetry Out Loud competition sponsored by the PA Council on the Arts!  The Poetry Out Loud contest encourages youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation.  Best of luck to Brooke as she will represent Pennsylvania in the national contest in Washington, D.C. April 23-25.

Blue Mountain Christian School Students, “Talk to Your State Senator” Video Competition Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to Miranda Porter, Anna Greiner, Christian Bomgardner, Rebecca Calon and Dustin Stafford from Blue Mountain Christian Schoolin Jonestown, Lebanon County, as their “Talk to Your State Senator” video was selected to advance to the High School statewide level of competition!  The PA Senate held the video competition with support from the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of PA, to address preventing teens from starting drugs and help the legislature create policies.  As a semi-finalist, their video will be judged by a panel of drug and alcohol professionals.  Grand prize winners will be announced in April.  For further updates, visit www.acommonwealthcrisis.com. 

Driver and Vehicle Services Update: New Pennsylvania National Guard Registration Plate

 

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