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11/9/2018

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Thanking Our Veterans

This year’s Veterans Day marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month. President Woodrow Wilson declared a national day to commemorate the armistice a year later in 1919. That has since become Veterans Day.

The sacrifices these men and women have made for us can never truly be repaid. But on this Veterans Day, and every day, we should take a moment to honor their service and remember that our rights, our freedoms and our way of life should not be taken for granted.

As President Ronald Reagan once said: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

For more about the history of Veterans Day, click here.
 
 
Registry Puts Veterans in Touch with Services

To help ensure veterans have access to the wide range of support services and programs available to them, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has compiled an online registry to better connect veterans with available resources.

Registration – which includes submitting basic information such as name, age, home address, email, etc. – takes only a few minutes, and can be done at www.register.dmva.pa.gov.

Through this registry, veterans can choose to have their information shared with their county director for veterans affairs and other relevant state agencies. They can also opt in to receive timely, informative emails regarding local, state and national news; program updates; community events; and employment opportunities available specifically for veterans.

Additionally, I host a service officer from the American Legion at my district office on the fourth Thursday of each month. See that information below.
 
 
Need Help with Veterans Benefits?

In appreciation for their service, both the state and federal governments offer a number of benefits and services to our veterans and their family members. If you have questions about or need assistance with obtaining these benefits, several options are available to help you.

Dan Falls, a veterans field service officer with the American Legion, is available at the Mifflinburg office on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday of each subsequent month. You need not be a member of the American Legion to obtain this assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Appointments are required and may be made by calling the office at 570-966-0052 or 570-837-0052.

Both Union and Snyder counties also have offices of Veterans Affairs to assist you.
  • Union County Office of Veterans Affairs – Union County Government Center, 155 N. 15th St., Lewisburg. The telephone number is 570-524-8677, and the office is available online here
  • Snyder County Office of Veterans Affairs – Snyder County East Building, 713 Bridge St. Suite 10, Selinsgrove. The telephone number is 570-374-0181, and the office is available online here.
 
 
Fighting Opioid Abuse

A new law that requires opioids to be prescribed electronically will bring consistency in the way prescriptions are filled and will also prevent the fraudulent use of prescription pads to fuel the opioid crisis.

At one time, written prescriptions were the safest form of prescribing opioids, which state law required. Since that time and the rise of the opioid epidemic, providers’ prescription pads have been stolen, leading to fraudulent use and driving fake prescriptions for the addictive drug.

Act 96 of 2018 (formerly House Bill 353) will make it more difficult to have fake prescriptions filled, while also making it more convenient for patients who have a legitimate need for the medication. Currently, most all medications are prescribed electronically.

Another benefit of e-prescribing is that the tracking of the prescription can go directly to the state’s prescription drug monitoring database to help ensure only those who have a legitimate medical need for these prescriptions can access them.
 
 
Governor’s Vetoes Perplex Lawmakers

The governor’s decision to veto important cost-saving and education measures last month has perplexed lawmakers.

The bills would have dramatically reduced the state’s debt (House Bill 83), required the Department of Human Services to institute work requirements for Medical Assistance recipients (House Bill 2138), and expanded career and technical education (CTE) opportunities for students across Pennsylvania (House Bill 2157).

Specifically, both House Bill 83 and House Bill 2157 passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate. House Bill 83 could have reduced outstanding general obligation debt by $1 billion over 20 years, and House Bill 2157 would have made it easier for schools to establish and renew vocational programs.

This is the second time that Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed work requirements for able-bodied individuals on Medical Assistance, even though work requirements are in place for food stamp assistance.

All three bills are expected to be reintroduced in the new 2019-20 legislative session.
 
 
PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Veterans Day

PennDOT’s full-service center in Harrisburg and all of its driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Nov. 10, through Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. No additional fees are charged for using online services.
 
 
Check Out These Upcoming Events!!

Lewisburg Children’s Museum Activities: Weekends in November. Enjoy STEM stations with Bucknell University (Nov. 10); make poppy wreaths to honor veterans (Nov. 11); use materials and objects to create your own mini Mayflower (Nov. 17); make fall-themed slime (Nov. 18); join in reading “Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving” (Nov. 24); and learn coding fundamentals (Nov. 28). Click here for additional information.

For additional events across Central PA, visit the Susquehanna Valley Visitor Bureau’s website here.
 
 
What’s Happening in the PA General Assembly?

If you want to know more about what’s happening in your state government, look no further than the Pennsylvania General Assembly website. You will find information about upcoming committee meetings, specific bills, roll call votes, House and Senate calendars, existing state statutes and more. You can even watch session live through the site. Check it out here!
 
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Mifflinburg Government Center, 343 Chestnut Street, Suite 1, Mifflinburg, PA 17844 | (570) 966-0052 or (570) 837-0052
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