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Thanking Our Veterans

Here are some scenes from last Saturday’s 12th-annual Veterans Expo and Recognition Ceremony, which drew a record crowd at Misericordia University. We want to thank everyone who made this year’s event a success, and let you know we’re already making plans for next year!

It truly was an honor to be among these men and women who served our country, and present the Korean War Ambassador for Peace Medal and Commemorative Pin to veterans like Gerald Conger (pictured below).
Veterans Day Weekend

Throughout the nation this weekend, communities will pay tribute to veterans with a variety of parades, ceremonies and dedications.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month. President Woodrow Wilson declared a national day to commemorate the armistice a year later in 1919. That has since become Veterans Day.

The sacrifices these men and women make – all to protect our freedoms and our way of life – can never truly be repaid. We are forever in their debt, and we continue to be grateful for all they do.

For more about the history of Veterans Day, click here. 
New Laws to Benefit Military and Veterans

To help families of active-duty military members and veterans, three laws enacted during the current session by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Act 119 of 2018 requires public schools to provide support services and information to a student when a parent or guardian is deployed for active duty.

To help raise additional funds for veterans’ programs and services, Act 149 of 2018 allows applicants for a two-year vehicle registration to double their donation to the Veterans Trust Fund, when completed online.

These new laws are in addition to the Stolen Valor Law, Act 9 of 2017, which was also enacted this session. This law makes it a crime for someone to misrepresent military service or honors for the purpose of fraudulently attempting to obtain money, property or other benefits.
Improving Air Quality

Businesses in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties have received grants through Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Program, which helps improve air quality and public health statewide.

LT Verrastro, Inc. of Old Forge will receive a more than $142,000 grant to upgrade its CNG fueling station, which is also used by County of Lackawanna Transit System. As a result, 43,500 in gasoline gallon equivalents per year will be saved.

Also, Eastern Freight Systems in Tunkhannock is the recipient of an $80,000 grant to purchase two CNG trucks, saving more than 99,000 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Veterans Day

All of my offices, as well as PennDOT’s full-service center in Harrisburg and all of its driver license and photo centers will be closed this Saturday, Nov. 10, through Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. No additional fees are charged for using online services.
Reaching Out to Veterans

This Tuesday, Nov. 13
, veterans outreach hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dallas district office, 105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas.
A claims consultant from the Wilkes-Barre VFW will be on hand to address questions and concerns of local veterans and their families.

On Monday, Nov. 19, the Mobile Vet Center will be located at Brady/Cavany parking lot in Eaton Township from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Accredited veterans service officers will be on hand to provide information and assistance to veterans and family members who may be eligible for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Attention Hunters

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected in 36 captive deer from a quarantined, Fulton County breeding farm and hunting preserve, as well as in two additional deer from a quarantined Bedford County hunting preserve. Both farms will remain under quarantine for five years from the date the positive tests were confirmed.

The 36 white-tailed deer were part of a herd euthanized last September, after the farm applied for and received federal indemnity for their losses. None of the deer tested showed signs of CWD prior to their deaths.

CWD attacks the brain of infected deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces and urine from an infected animal or contaminated environment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people.

Find more information about the commonwealth’s captive deer CWD programs, and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s broader efforts to safeguard animal health, by clicking here.
Better Quality of Life for Alzheimer’s Patients

Pennsylvania has received a three-year grant to improve the state’s efforts in serving individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.

Please click here for details on how the money will be used.
The Medicare Open Enrollment period….

….continues through Friday, Dec. 7. During this time, you may make changes to various aspects of your coverage.

If you have questions about your Medicare coverage, APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in Pennsylvania, has counselors who are specifically trained to answer your Medicare questions.

Please click here to schedule an appointment close to where you live.

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