New state programs support vets

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 23, 2013 6:03 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- New initiatives to benefit Pennsylvania veterans are taking hold in the Commonwealth.

Governor Corbett recently signed an executive order creating a new advisory council on veterans services.

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Joan Nissley says it'll be comprised of representatives from a variety of state departments.

"What it does now is bring together a number of state agencies that already provide services for veterans," she explains. "So we’ll be bringing those agencies, along with other state veterans organizations, to see how we can enhance the programs and services that we are already providing for veterans, and potentially come up with new services.”

New “Honoring our Veterans” license plates are available to benefit the Commonwealth’s Veterans Trust Fund. The money raised will provide grants to nonprofit organizations that serve Pennsylvania’s veterans and their families.

By March a new veteran’s designation will be available on Pennsylvania drivers licenses, and a new veterans outreach van has begun touring the state to help service members with their benefit claims paperwork.

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