THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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
Amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, further providing for blind veteran's
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 7701 of Title 51 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended to read:
§ 7701. Blind veteran's pension.
(a) Definition.--As used in this section the term "blind
veteran" shall mean any person who served in the military or
naval forces of the United States, or any woman's organization
officially connected therewith, at any time, and who gave the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as his or her place of residence
at the time of entering the military or naval forces of the
United States, and who while performing duties connected with
such service suffered an injury or incurred a disease which
resulted in blindness to the extent that he or she has 3/60 or
10/200 or less normal vision. The term "blind veteran" shall not
include any person separated from the military or naval forces
of the United States, or any woman's organization officially
connected therewith, under other than honorable conditions.
(b) Amount and eligibility.--In addition to any other
assistance provided by the Commonwealth and in addition to any
compensation provided by the Federal Government, every blind
veteran shall be paid a pension of [$150] $200 per month.
Applications for such pensions shall be made to and in the form
prescribed by the department. The Adjutant General shall have
the power, and it shall be his duty to determine the eligibility
of every applicant for a pension, and his decision in the matter
shall be final.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.