Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans
3/29/2018
Updating the 85th District
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Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans


More than 200 area Vietnam veterans were recognized Wednesday at a National Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Pinning Ceremony at Selinsgrove VFW Post 6631. It was an honor to be in the presence of these brave men and women who sacrificed so much for us and for our country.
                
         
Persian Gulf Veterans Bonus Deadline is This Summer

Veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, are reminded they have until Aug. 31, 2018, to apply for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus.

The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, an additional $5,000 is available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.

To qualify, the service member must have:
  • Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.
  • Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990, to Aug. 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
  • Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.
  • Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.
  • Since 2008, more than 9,000 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus for their war efforts. Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program.
For more information about how to apply, click here.
                  
         
Take a Kid Fishing!

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will again host a Mentored Youth Trout Days to help future generations develop an appreciation for fishing.

On Saturday, April 7, beginning at 8 a.m., participants can fish in any PFBC-stocked trout water. Kids can keep two trout, which must measure at least seven inches. Because the program is focused on kids, adult mentors are encouraged to fish with the children and provide encouragement and tips, but they must release their catch to the water unharmed.

To participate, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit, or a voluntary $1 youth fishing license. Both are available at www.GoneFishingPA.com or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.

Last year, more than 30,000 people participated in Mentored Youth Trout Days.

The statewide opening day for trout fishing is Saturday, April 14. Regional opening day is this Saturday, March 31, in some counties to our south and east. Click here for the list of counties.
                  
         
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is anything that causes you to take your attention away from driving, take your eyes off of the road or take your hands off of the wheel.
PennDOT offers these facts about distracted driving:
  • Using a cell phone while driving increases your risk of a crash by four times, whether or not it is hands free.
  • The simple act of dialing a phone increases your crash risk by three times.
  • Sending or receiving a text, which is illegal in Pennsylvania, takes a driver’s eye off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
  • Drivers using cell phones look but fail to see up to 50 percent of the information in their driving environment.
  • And it’s not just cell phones. Eating, drinking, smoking, adjusting the radio, personal grooming and passengers are all distractions too.
  • According to a recent AAA study, six out of 10 teen crashes were caused by a distracted driver. AAA also reports that distraction contributes to more than 5,000 crash fatalities each year.
  • In Pennsylvania, there were 16,050 distracted driving crashes in that resulted in 69 fatalities during 2016.
Motorists are urged to pay attention when you are behind the wheel and just drive.
                  
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