Legislators salute Pa. veterans with several new laws

    As Pennsylvania observes Veterans’ Day, some state lawmakers are taking a moment to talk up recent achievements benefiting those who have served their country.

    At a lodge overlooking the Pennsylvania National Guard training center at Fort Indiantown Gap, lawmakers touted several measures, such as one encouraging state agencies to work with veteran-owned businesses and another updating the state’s Code of Military Justice.

    Retiring Republican state Sen. Mary Jo White applauds the work of the Senate’s committee for Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.

    She says the panel has done what it set out to do.

    “And that is not just say thank you to our veterans, to but to thank them in a very tangible way, by doing positive things for them that make life better for themselves and their families,” White said Tuesday.

    Another measure signed into law this fall provides additional funding for the state’s Veterans Trust Fund.

    Starting within the next year and a half, the fund will receive some of the proceeds from the sale of special license plates honoring veterans.

    Motorists will also have the chance to donate to the fund when they renew their licenses and vehicle registrations.

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