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In this Update:

  • Memorial Day: Remember and Honor
  • Job Seekers and Employers Can Connect on Free Job Board
  • Fish for Free on Sunday, May 26
  • Win Money for Your Child’s Education

Memorial Day: Remember and Honor

Photo courtesy of Jeffersonian Democrat

This Memorial Day we remember and honor all those who sacrificed their lives protecting our Constitutional Republic. 

It is important to recognize the uniqueness of this day because it is an opportunity where we can offer thanks and prayers of gratitude for the men and women who paid the ultimate price while serving our nation with dignity, bravery and distinction. 

The 25th Senate District has no shortage of military heroes. As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, I am committed to giving veterans and active military personnel all the recognition and support you so richly deserve for your selfless service and sacrifice.

Recently, I strongly supported the advancement of two new military service benefits bills to help living veterans and their families.  

Senate Bill 973 would provide Korean Americans who served in the Vietnam War with the same state veterans benefits as their U.S. counterparts. There are more than 3,000 naturalized Korean American citizens who served in the Vietnam War as a part of the Korean Armed Forces, including hundreds who now call Pennsylvania home.

Senate Bill 1139 would help grieving families of deceased U.S. military veterans access their federal Department of Veterans Affairs burial benefits. Funeral directors, funeral parlors or cemetery companies would be required to notify the director of the county veterans assistance office when a veteran living in the county passes. They would also have to provide the deceased veteran’s family with contact information for the county director.

Both bills await consideration from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

On Memorial Day and every day, the enduring legacy of our fallen military heroes must never be taken for granted, diminished, or forgotten.  They sacrificed for you, they sacrificed for me, and they sacrificed for the freedom of our children and future generations.

Above all, they deserve to be honored and remembered!

In the midst of all the picnics and barbecues this weekend, I encourage everyone to make time to participate in one of the many outstanding Memorial Day ceremonies or parades that will be taking place throughout our communities.

May God Bless America, our honored veterans, their families, and all who defend our liberties!

Job Seekers and Employers Can Connect on Free Job Board

Veterans, National Guard members and military family members can use a free job board that has nearly 10,000 employment and internship postings. While it is Pennsylvania-centric, there are listings in dozens of other states.

It’s easy to manage your job search process with application history and saved jobs. The system even allows applicants to store multiple versions of their resume for flexibility when applying to different jobs. The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations’ job board also offers employers the opportunity to post jobs, search the resume database and create resume alerts.

‘Fish for Free’ on Sunday, May 26

On Sunday, May 26, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a “Fish for Free” day to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations will still apply.

This is the first of two dates set by the PFBC to enhance fishing opportunities. The next day is Independence Day, Thursday, July 4.

This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors.

Win Money for Your Child’s Education

In honor of PA 529 Day on May 29, new PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) accounts opened between May 1 and May 31 with at least $10 in contributions are eligible for a chance to win $5,529 or $2,529. Current PA 529 GSP account owners are also eligible to win $5,529 if they had a balance of at least $10 as of April 30 and receive a contribution of at least $10 in May.

The PA 529 GSP helps families save for future college and career education expenses by keeping pace with rising college tuition. They offer tax-advantaged savings and the flexibility to pay for a wide variety of education expenses, including at any qualified educational institution, from K-12 to college and career training programs. Funds can also be used for room and board, tuition and books.

Anyone – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends – can contribute to a PA 529 plan. Saving with a PA 529 plan does not impact a student’s eligibility for Pennsylvania state financial aid.


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