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Rep. Pielli Proposed Legislation to Benefit Veterans and their Families

Per the Daily Local:

"State Rep. Chris Pielli, D-156th, of West Goshen, announced Wednesday that his legislation to help spouses and dependents of veterans has passed the state House of Representatives with unanimous support.

In September of 2023, the state Department of Health made a change in policy for family members of Pennsylvania veterans. Spouses and dependents of veterans would be entitled to receive veterans’ preference death certificates even when their spouse predeceases them.

However, the Department of Health issued a notice that this tradition was based on a misreading of the law: a veteran’s spouse would only qualify for a veteran’s preference death certificate if the veteran predeceases the spouse.

House Bill 1963 would amend the Vital Statistics Law of 1953 to make it explicit that the spouses and dependents of veterans are entitled to receive veteran’s preference death certificates."

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