Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Senatorial District and the State Capitol. If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to visit my website at www.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about my legislative priorities issues that may affect you and your family.
Week of July 23, 2018
Live Fire Exercises at Fort Indiantown Gap
Fort Indiantown Gap (FTIG) is hosting live-fire training in July between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., including artillery training July 23-26, which may result in increased noise levels. FTIG is the only live-fire maneuver military training facility in PA, and serves as the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and PA National Guard headquarters.
Constituent Highlight: Jennifer Scott, Progressive Grocer Rising Star
Congratulations Jennifer Scott, of Middletown and the 48th Senatorial District, who was recently recognized as one of the top women in the grocery industry in the “Rising Star” division by Progressive Grocer, a national magazine and “voice of the retail food industry”! Jennifer is a category manager for breakfast and baking at Giant Food Stores corporate office in Carlisle, where she has been employed since 2012. Jennifer is also a member of the Middletown Area School District School Board.
Cedar Crest FBLA Receives Honorable Mention in Lead2Feed Challenge
Congratulations to the Cedar Crest High School Future Business Leaders of America team, Joseph Carpenter, Morgan Engler, Jaiden Melendez and Danna Torrenegra, who received Honorable Mention in their first Lead2Feed Challenge! Lead2Feed was created by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and Lift a Life Foundation to encourage students to lead, create and implement projects designed to meet a non-profit’s needs in their community. The team, advised by Amy Sullivan, chose the Lebanon County Christian Ministries food bank for their project, donating over 3,200 pounds of food and toiletry items.
PennDOT Green Light-Go Program Funding Recipients
The PennDOT Green Light-Go Program provides funding for existing traffic signals’ operational improvements including light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans, monitoring traffic signals and upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. Recently, 70 municipalities were awarded more than $31 million, including the following in the 48th Senatorial District:
Veterans Expo & Job Fair – August 28th in Camp Hill
A Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Veterans, active military and their families at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill. The Expo will connect transitioning and retired Military members with benefits and resources available through local businesses and organizations, including community service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits counselors, education/training providers and business startup assistance, as well as businesses covering home improvement, legal services, finance, retirement living and insurance. The Department of Military & Veterans Affairs will also have a Veterans Outreach Van, offering direct access to benefits information, and Barber Styling Institute will offer attendees free haircuts.
The Expo is presented by OLP Events, and sponsored by Disabled American Veterans, DMP Solutions, PA State Headquarters VFW, Vibra Health Plan and WHTM abc27. For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit www.veteransexpo.com.
Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus Program
The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is still accepting applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program, but only until August 31, 2018. 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.
To be eligible for the bonus, a service member must have:
Since 2008, about 9,500 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus for their war efforts. Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible. To apply, visit www.persiangulfbonus.pa.gov.
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