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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: October 10, 2018 11:44 AM
From: Senator Guy Reschenthaler
To: All Senate members
Subject: Recognizing Penn State's Military Appreciation Week
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution to designate October 27-November 11th, 2018 as Military Appreciation Week in coordination with Pennsylvania State University. This resolution recognizes Penn State’s long history of support of our military and acknowledges the many contributions of those who have bravely served our country.

Pennsylvania State University has a longstanding and proud tradition of serving the men and women of our military and giving back through education, benefits, and resources. Their annual Military Appreciation celebration is an opportunity for the Penn State community to join together to honor and publicly commend those who have served.

It’s our responsibility to do everything we can to honor and support those who have served our nation.

Penn State has the largest Military Appreciation celebration of its kind in the Big 10. While they regularly offer multiple programs of support, resources and wide-ranging recognition to our military personnel, they also dedicate a week in the fall to our servicemen and women.

Military Appreciation Week begins with a Penn State Football Game on Oct. 27 leading up to Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Planned festivities include a community tailgate for military service members and their families, speaker events, a library showcase, and more.

Today, more than 5,600 Penn State students have direct military ties as either an active-duty service member, a reservist, veteran or military dependent, across all of Penn State’s campuses, including World Campus.

I commend Penn State for consistently being recognized as a military-friendly school for the many academic programs and support resources available to active duty, veteran and ROTC students.

For veteran students at every Penn State campus and online through the World Campus, the University offers peer counseling services and assists with VA benefits, the college application process, financial aid and living arrangements through our Office of Veterans Programs.

Military service is an integral component of Penn State’s long history. As part of its mission, Penn State has offered training in military studies since its founding in 1855. The GI Bill helped boost enrollments following World War II and ROTC participation was mandatory for male students until 1962.

This year's Military Appreciation theme recognizes 100 years of women officially serving in the U.S. Armed Forces since WWI. At Penn State, women have a rich military history — from training as aeronautical engineers during World War II to participating in the University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) beginning in 1972, when for the first time women were permitted to join the program nationally. Today, approximately 17 percent of the University’s ROTC cadets are women serving alongside male counterparts.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important resolution to recognize Penn State’s history of support for our nation’s military and to honor those who have served.

Introduced as SR480