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May 2015

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Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus Deadline Approaching

Pennsylvania veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm have until August 31 to apply for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus.

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.

In each case, the 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 from Aug. 2, 1990, until Aug. 31, 1991.
  • Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.
  • Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.
  • Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

More information is available by clicking here.

Department of Labor & Industry Releases Pennsylvania Career Guides

This year the Department of Labor and Industry has developed two editions of The Pennsylvania Career Guide, one for middle school students and one for those in high school.

The guides introduce students to the wide variety of careers awaiting them after completing high school and college. Information in the publications is geared toward helping students prepare for continuing education and/or the workforce.

The middle school edition focuses on introducing students to different career ideas and the realities of careers in high profile professions such as sports and entertainment. The high school edition offers a more comprehensive and detailed look at different career paths.

The guides also highlight jobs in the natural gas, transportation, and manufacturing sectors to help students discover these in-demand occupations that they may not otherwise have considered. With these highlights and additional job information, the guides provide the first steps toward helping young students make informed career decisions.

For an online copy of the new Pennsylvania Career Guide, visit or download your copy of the new Pennsylvania Career Guide editions.

Pennsylvania Traffic Deaths Hit New Record Low in 2014

Traffic deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 reached an all-time low, continuing a favorable trend as safety advocates work towards the nationwide goal of zero fatalities. The 2014 number totaled 1,195, the lowest since recordkeeping began in 1928.

PENNDOT also announced that the public can now search for finalized crash and traffic fatality data using its new Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool, which is accessible at

PENNDOT data shows that while the number of highway deaths dropped in many types of crashes, there were significant decreases in unbuckled, drinking-driver-related and hit-tree crashes last year when compared to 2013. Unbuckled fatalities dropped from 425 to 383. Deaths in drinking-driver related crashes declined to from 342 to 294. Fatalities in hit-tree crashes decreased from 254 to 221.

Fatalities increased in some types of crashes, including those involving hit utility poles and drowsy or sleeping drivers. There were 113 fatalities in crashes involving hit utility poles, up from 103 in 2013. Also, deaths in drowsy or asleep crashes increased to 23 from 10 in 2013.

To learn about PENNDOT’s highway safety efforts visit

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