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PRINTER'S NO. 1011
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
995
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY KAUFER, HILL-EVANS, PICKETT, BROOKS, FREEMAN,
POLINCHOCK, CIRESI, HOHENSTEIN, WEBSTER, JAMES, CONKLIN,
WHEELAND, GILLEN AND SAINATO, MARCH 23, 2021
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS, MARCH 23, 2021
AN ACT
Amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in Department of Military Affairs,
establishing the Veterans' Outreach and Support Network
Program.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 51 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:
ยง 714 . Veterans' Outreach and Support Network Program.
(a) Establishment.--The Veterans' Outreach and Support
Network Program is established.
(b) Participants.--The program may include State agencies,
county directors of veterans' affairs, veterans service
organizations, the healthcare provider community and nonprofit
organizations.
(c) Purpose.--The program shall:
(1) Improve the health and well-being of veterans and
the families of veterans through community engagement and
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consistent network communication.
(2) Organize participants under subsection (b) to
cooperate with network partners to provide for proactive
solutions to address the problems faced by veterans when
transitioning from military service to civilian life.
(d) Requirements.--Program requirements shall be determined
by the department and information shall be disseminated to the
greatest extent possible on how to best navigate and utilize
available resources to improve the health and well-being of
veterans and the families of veterans.
(e) Duties of department.--The department shall develop the
program, which shall contain a mission statement that shall be
clearly communicated to network partners and participants under
subsection (b). The department shall:
(1) Coordinate with other State agencies, county
directors of veterans' affairs, veterans service
organizations, the healthcare provider community and non-
profit organizations, identified by the department, that
provide programs and services to veterans and the families of
veterans.
(2) Provide a Welcome Home to Pennsylvania packet to
participants.
(3) Provide information regarding programs, resources ,
training opportunities, veteran service organizations and
services available to be utilized by family and friends of
veterans who can regularly interact and offer outreach and
support for veterans.
(4) Coordinate with county directors of veterans'
affairs by providing information of veterans who request
support through the Veterans' Registry .
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(5) Utilize the address found on the copy of the
veteran's DD214 forwarded to the department by the United
States Department of Defense to contact the veteran to send
out the welcome packet to participate and join our veteran
network .
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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