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Committee Visits Carson Long Military Academy
I enjoyed a tour of Carson Long Military Academy with Jairee A. Counterman, Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations for the school (right) and Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee (center).
I was pleased to join with members of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee for a visit to the Carson Long Military Academy on November 19. The visit included a public hearing on Senate Bill 56 (National Guard Youth Challenge Program) followed by a tour of the academy.
Carson Long Military Academy, which traces its roots back to 1836, is the oldest prep boarding school in the United States focusing on military training for grades 6 through 12. It has a tremendous academic record and is a real asset to our Commonwealth and our country.
New Websites for DMVA, National Guard
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) recently unveiled newly redesigned websites at new addresses for the department at www.dmva.pa.gov, the Pennsylvania National Guard at www.png.pa.govand Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center at www.ftig.pa.gov. The websites are accessible on mobile devices and feature links for highlighted topics, press releases, social media feeds, videos and more.
Program Encourages Hunters to Help Families in Need
Deer hunting is a rich tradition for thousands of families across the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s Hunters Sharing the Harvest program offers hunters a way to donate a portion of their venison to help local families in need.
Hunters Sharing the Harvest, now in its 23rd year, annually supplies approximately 100,000 pounds of processed venison through a network of 20 regional food banks and between 4,000 to 5,000 local provider charities, including missions, homeless shelters and churches.
Hunters can take their deer to any participating deer processor and choose the amount of venison they would like to donate to local charities to help families who are less fortunate. Sportsmen can donate as little or as much venison as they would like.
Donations to Program Benefitting Veterans Now Accepted Online
Donations to the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) and the Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) can now be made online at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov.
The online application, which features responsive design technology to make it accessible on mobile devices and computers, accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. Contributions help the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs provide current service members, veterans and their families with essential services and programs that otherwise would not be available.
The Veterans’ Trust Fund issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans’ service organizations and county directors of veterans’ affairs to assist veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living. More information can be found at www.vtf.pa.gov.
The Military Family Relief Assistance Program provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members. Eligible members must have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The amount of a grant is based on documented financial need up to a maximum of $3,500. More information can be found at www.mfrap.pa.gov.
Donations of checks or money orders to the Veterans’ Trust Fund or the Military Family Relief Assistance Program may also be sent to: DMVA Office of Veterans Affairs, Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002.
Thanksgiving Holiday Crashes Investigated by State Police
Fifteen people were killed and 272 others were injured in the 1,013 crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period. The statistics cover only crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
The official holiday driving period was Nov. 25 through Nov. 29. During that time, troopers cited 1,296 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 318 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.
Troopers also issued 14,985 speeding citations and arrested 558 operators for driving under the influence. Of the 1,013 crashes investigated by State Police, 91 were alcohol related, seven of which were fatal.
During last year’s holiday driving period, seven people died and 273 others were injured in 1,457 crashes to which state troopers responded.
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