PRINTER'S NO.  1228

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

SENATE BILL

 

No.

1031

Session of

2011

  

  

INTRODUCED BY SOLOBAY, COSTA, FONTANA, HUGHES, TARTAGLIONE, ERICKSON, BREWSTER, FARNESE, GREENLEAF, MENSCH, RAFFERTY, WASHINGTON, D. WHITE AND YUDICHAK, MAY 16, 2011

  

  

REFERRED TO VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, MAY 16, 2011  

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania

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Consolidated Statutes, further providing for blind veteran's

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pension.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1.  Section 7701 of Title 51 of the Pennsylvania

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Consolidated Statutes is amended to read:

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§ 7701.  Blind veteran's pension.

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(a)  Definition.--As used in this section the term "blind

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veteran" shall mean any person who served in the military or

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naval forces of the United States, or any woman's organization

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officially connected therewith, at any time, and who gave the

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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as his or her place of residence

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at the time of entering the military or naval forces of the

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United States, and who while performing duties connected with

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such service suffered an injury or incurred a disease which

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resulted in blindness to the extent that he or she has 3/60 or

 


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10/200 or less normal vision. The term "blind veteran" shall not

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include any person separated from the military or naval forces

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of the United States, or any woman's organization officially

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connected therewith, under other than honorable conditions.

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(b)  Amount and eligibility.--In addition to any other

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assistance provided by the Commonwealth and in addition to any

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compensation provided by the Federal Government, every blind

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veteran shall be paid a pension of [$150] $200 per month.

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Applications for such pensions shall be made to and in the form

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prescribed by the department. The Adjutant General shall have

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the power, and it shall be his duty to determine the eligibility

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of every applicant for a pension, and his decision in the matter

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shall be final.

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Section 2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

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