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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: June 14, 2019 10:21 AM
From: Senator Pam Iovino and Sen. Mike Regan
To: All Senate members
Subject: Establishing a Task Force to Study Coordination of Veterans Services

In the near future, we will introduce legislation that directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish a task force to study coordination of veterans’ services in the Commonwealth among federal, state, local, and nonprofit programs.

The Commonwealth is home to the 4th largest veteran population in the United States, yet the Federal dollars expended per Pennsylvania veteran ranks 45th in the nation. The disparity nationally in expenditures has led to the establishment of thousands of veteran service entities. The sheer number of veteran service organizations across the Commonwealth has made coordination of services, cooperation and oversight difficult. Navigating and availing services may be especially difficult for the veteran.

The 2014 Needs Assessment from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs found that “challenges in meeting veterans’ needs lay not with what is available but how it is available [and] the flow of information to veterans about available services, benefits, and programs is overwhelming in both volume and presentation.”

The task force would conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of laws, regulations, policies and procedures of the Commonwealth and other states regarding coordination of services between state, local and nonprofit programs for veterans.

The review and analysis will include the following areas:
  1. identification of veteran service networks and collaboratives in existence within the Commonwealth;
  2. identification of models currently being utilized for interorganizational communication within the veteran service community throughout the Commonwealth and within other states;
  3. identification of technological platforms currently being used to collect, store and exchange data among the veteran service community in the Commonwealth and within other states;
  4. identification of national, state or local models that support comprehensive access and navigation of services being utilized;
  5. any other areas recommended by the task force relating to coordination of services among the veteran service organizations;

The task force will issue a report with its findings and recommendations to the Senate within 12 months of the establishment of the task force.

Please join us in supporting our Commonwealth’s veterans by signing onto this important resolution. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices with any questions or concerns.

Introduced as SR170