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Pennsylvania has a long and proud military history. Today, we are home to nearly one million veterans and we have a 19,000-member Pennsylvania National Guard. Our military men and women have made a tremendous commitment to this commonwealth and this nation, and our office is honored to provide active duty members and veterans with the information and resources they need.

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Valley Forge Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative

logo-vfmacMy office is participating in Valley Forge Military College’s Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative. This program, which was established in 2012, allows each Pennsylvania state legislator to appoint one student per year to Valley Forge Military College. The selected student receives guaranteed acceptance to the military college, is awarded a minimum scholarship of $12,000 and is nominated for the Early Commissioning Program.

My office has created a committee to select a recipient in early spring. Applicants must be a resident of the 15th Senatorial District, have a 2.5 GPA, and received a 1000 on their SAT or 20 on their ACT. Interested students can send an application, along with a copy of their high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores, to Sen. Rob Teplitz, Senate Box 203015, Harrisburg, PA, 17120-3015. The deadline to apply is February 16.

Valley Forge Military College is an excellent higher education option for students. The two-year program provides cadets with a well-rounded education focusing on academics, as well as character and physical development and leadership skills. Nearly all of the cadets are accepted into competitive colleges and universities upon graduation.

For more information, contact Kellie VonStein in my district office at 717-232-2937 or kvonstein@pasenate.com.

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Veterans Advisory Committee

I have formed three citizen advisory committees that focus on issues facing sportsmen and women, small business owners, and veterans. These advisory committees give constituents and my office the opportunity to work together on specific issues and come to informed decisions about policies and legislation. I welcome residents who are experienced in these areas to apply and share your knowledge with us.

Residents who currently live in the 15th Senatorial District are invited to apply. The advisory committees will meet several times a year.

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Legislation 

  • Military Spouse Day: Senate Resolution 350 designates May 6, 2016, as “Military Spouse Day” in Pennsylvania.
  • Veterans Benefits Study: Senate Resolution 255 directs the Joint State Government Commission to review all services, benefits and programs currently offered to veterans, active, National Guard and Reserve service members and their families by Commonwealth agencies, veteran service organizations, secondary schools and the Federal Government. (co-sponsor)
  • Staff Sergeant Brian K. Mowery Memorial Bridge Designation: Senate Bill 1040 names the bridge over Armstrong Creek in Halifax Township, Dauphin County, as the Staff Sergeant Brian K. Mowery Memorial Bridge.
  • Office of Veterans Mental Health Awareness: Senate Bill 1019 establishes the Office of Veterans Mental Health Awareness. This new office would provide veterans with full access to a range of support services and programs; provide equal access to all support services and awareness programs; provide information to veterans and their health care providers regarding emotional trauma, mental disability, mental illness, sexual and other personal trauma; provide a list of available health care providers; and assist in maintaining employment and support services for veterans in their homes and communities.
  • Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption: Senate Bill 996  amends the Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption law relating to calculation of income and the determination of “need.” (co-sponsor)
  • Professional Licensure Portability for Military Spouses: Senate Bill 964 allows military spouses to move more rapidly and efficiently into the workforce by providing a streamlined process in obtaining the transfer of their professional licenses into the Commonwealth.
  • Expansion of the Disabled Veterans’ Real Estate Tax Exemption Program: Senate Bill 774 expands the number of disabled veterans in the Commonwealth who are eligible for real estate tax reductions. (co-sponsor)
  • Remember Everyone Deployed Friday (RED Friday): Senate Resolution 157 designating June 26, 2015, as “Remember Everyone Deployed” Friday (RED Friday)” in Pennsylvania.
  • Louis “Lou” De Lancey Memorial Highway: Senate Bill 868 names the section of Pennsylvania Route 849 in Newport, Perry County, as the United States Navy Petty Officer 1st Class A. Louis “Lou” De Lancey Memorial Highway.
  • Military Spouse Day: Senate Resolution 110 designates May 8, 2015, as “Military Spouse Day” in Pennsylvania.
  • Veterans Treatment Courts: Senate Bill 517 establishes a veterans court in those counties in Pennsylvania that do not currently have one. Lackawanna County was the first county to establish a veterans court in November 2009 and 16 counties have followed their lead, but 50 counties have not yet established a veterans court. These courts assist veterans charged with nonviolent crimes who are struggling with addiction, mental illness or co-occurring disorders.
  • Veteran’s Entrepreneurial Training and Support Act: Senate Bill 155 would assist veterans and reservists in obtaining the necessary skills to create, manage, and operate a small business by creating a training and support program. Working in consultation with the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, this program would be tasked with providing small business and entrepreneurial focused services to veterans and reservists.  Teplitz’s Veterans Advisory Committee, consisting of veterans and their families in the 15th district, routinely cites job training as a critical need.
  • Veterans Closing Cost and Down Payment Assistance: Senate Bill 38 establish a down payment and closing costs assistance program for veterans who are seeking to purchase a home. (co-sponsor)
  • Veteran Priority for Public Housing: Senate Bill 1135 requires local housing authorities to give preference to veterans and families of active duty military when leasing public housing. This bill was signed into law as Act 188 of 2014(co-sponsor)
  • CWO Matthew Ruffner Memorial Bridge: Senate Bill 1213 designates the bridge that carries Eastbound US 22/US 322 over Interstate 81 as the Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Ruffner Memorial Bridge. Ruffner, who lived in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, was killed in Afghanistan on April 9, 2013 in the line of duty.  He was a true hero and paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Language from this bill was inserted into House Bill 2072 and signed into law as Act 103 of 2014.
  • Veteran Drug Access: Senate Bill 1224 extends pharmaceutical cost saving measures to veterans residing in assisted living residences and personal care homes. This bill was signed into law as Act 147 of 2014(co-sponsor)
  • Combat Infantry Badge Specialty License Plate: Senate Bill 1187 provides Pennsylvania veterans and current service members who earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) during their tour of duty with the opportunity to display their achievement on their license plate. This bill was signed into law as Act 109 of 2014(co-sponsor)
  • Reduced Fee Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans: Senate Bill 1102 creates reduced fee hunting and fishing licenses for disabled veterans residing in the Commonwealth. This bill was signed into law as Act 81 of 2014(co-sponsor)
  • Extending Free Hunting and Fishing Licenses to Disabled Veterans Paid at the 100 Percent Rate: Senate Bill 1090 allows a greater number of disabled veterans to obtain free fishing and hunting licenses. This bill was signed into law as Act 80 of 2014(co-sponsor)
  • Extending and Expanding the Military Family Relief Assistance Program: Senate Bill 923 preserves and expands the Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP). The program gives grants to service members who experienced a sudden loss of income as a result of military service; emergency child care needs; natural or manmade disasters resulting in the need for food, shelter and other necessities; or the death or critical illness of a parent, spouse, sibling or child. This bill was signed into law as Act 66 of 2014. (co-sponsor)
  • National Guard Technicians: Senate Resolution 104 urges to pass H.R. 1014, a bill which exempts military technicians from sequestration (by including them in military personnel accounts now and in the future). This resolution was adopted on June 12, 2013(co-sponsor)
  • PSERS – Compliance with Federal Law RE: Military Leaves of Absence: Senate Bill 797 and Senate Bill 798 amends Commonwealth statutes to comply with federal law governing military leaves of absence. This bill was signed into law as Act 32 and Act 33 of 2013(co-sponsor)

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