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Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
Phone: 570-385-8235
Toll-free: 855-271-9384
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm

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200 S. West St., Williamstown
Phone: 717-647-7208
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PO Box 202125
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2125
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Requesting Aid from Severe Storms
11/9/2018
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Harrisburg Update

A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
and the 125th Legislative District...


Requesting Aid from Severe Storms

                                   
 
In August, many parts of the 125th District were impacted by major flooding. I have kept in contact with local and state officials asking for continued support, along with funding for additional recovery efforts.

Thursday, the governor sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting federal disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the damages caused by the severe storms.

Schuylkill and Dauphin counties were included in the request for public and individual Assistance. Receiving a major disaster declaration through FEMA would provide federal funding to local, county and state governments, as well as certain eligible nonprofits in those counties through the Public Assistance program. Applicants can be reimbursed up to 75 percent of the costs incurred on eligible expenses, such as but not limited to, costs associated with paying overtime, repairs to damaged infrastructure, equipment rentals and materials.

In order to request Public Assistance, damages in the Commonwealth overall must meet or exceed the federally established threshold of $19,053,569. Estimated costs associated with the storm total $62.8 million.


Thanking Our Veterans
                                   
 
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.
 

Veterans’ Memorial Event
                                   
I will be attending a very worthwhile event Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Veterans Community Memorial Hall.

The Orwigsburg Veterans Memorial Task Force will be holding its annual Capital Campaign Dinner and Gen. George Joulwan is the guest speaker.

Joulwan, a Pottsville native, finished his military career as the Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander (SACEUR) in 1997.

Proceeds from the event will be used to complete the Veterans’ Memorial Foyer in Orwigsburg. Veterans Community Memorial Hall is located at 300 Grove St. in Orwigsburg.
 

New Laws to Benefit Military and Veterans
                                   
To help families of active-duty military members and veterans, two laws were recently enacted by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Act 119 of 2018 requires public school entities 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.
 

Registry Puts Veterans in Touch with Services
                                   
To help ensure veterans have access to the wide range of support services and programs available to them, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has compiled an online registry to better connect veterans with available resources.

Registration – which includes submitting basic information such as name, age, home address, email, etc. – takes only a few minutes, and can be done at register.dmva.pa.gov.

Through this registry, veterans can choose to have their information shared with their county director for veterans affairs and other relevant state agencies. They can also opt in to receive timely, informative emails regarding local, state and national news; program updates; community events; and employment opportunities available specifically for veterans.
 

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Veterans Day

                                   
PennDOT’s full-service center in Harrisburg and all of its driver license and photo centers will be closed 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, dmv.pa.gov.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No additional fees are charged for using online services.
 
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988 Route 61 South, East Main Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 | Phone (toll free) (855) 271-9384
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown, PA  Phone (717) 647-7208
4B East Wing, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2147 
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