Wagner Releases Plan To Support Pennsylvania’s Veterans

During a visit to the American Legion Post 109 in Mechanicsburg, 2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner today released a detailed, substantive plan to support Pennsylvania’s veterans, active duty military and their families. Wagner’s plan will increase access to care and employment opportunities for those who have returned to Pennsylvania after serving their country as well as give them a greater voice in state government. The plan will also assist the families of those who are currently serving in our military.

“There is no greater sacrifice one can make than serving our country in the military and we need to do everything we can reward those that answer the call of duty.” Scott Wagner said of the plan. “The statistics of veterans in Pennsylvania who are unemployed, living in poverty or homeless are unacceptable and as governor I will work to curb those problems.”

Jeff Bartos added, “We are grateful to the women and men who have dedicated their lives to service and keeping us safe, and it is now our duty as a state government to serve veterans.  Our veterans possess tremendous skills and abilities that can help our commonwealth grow and prosper.  By strengthening the relationship between veterans and Harrisburg, we will ensure that those returning from service will be honored with the excellent care and increased employment opportunities that they have earned and deserve.”

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THE PLAN

Pennsylvania currently has the eighth largest veteran population in the country, as 800,000 Pennsylvanians are veterans. Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos know our veterans deserve the utmost respect and honor for their sacrifice.  Their administration will ensure our veterans have a voice and a seat at the table and will fight to provide the support this community needs to repay them for their service to our Commonwealth and country.

1. HELPING VETERANS AFFECTED MENTALLY OR PHYSICALLY DUE TO THEIR SERVICE

  • Our veteran population needs access to specific programs and services, providing them with the necessary care and support they need in retirement.
  • Scott and Jeff will advance long term objectives and support mission-focused programs that are providing genuine benefits to our veterans.

2. PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS TO SUCCESSFULLY ASSIMILATE AFTER SERVICE

  • Scott and Jeff know that those retiring or returning from active service need access to effective support to assist them in transition to civilian life.
  • In order to provide those services, they will work with our agencies and judicial system to increase every opportunity to provide productive assistance.

3. SUPPORTING SERVICES HONORING THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED OUR STATE AND COUNTRY

  • Scott and Jeff will support and put in place services which honor and respect our men and women who have served.
  • They will further increase collaboration between our state, federal, and local programs guaranteeing our veterans have access to every service they deserve.

4. PROTECTING AND PROVIDING FOR OUR ACTIVE MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES

  • The men and women who have made a decision to serve our Commonwealth and our country deserve a Governor who will stand up for them.
  • Scott and Jeff will assist families and our troops actively deployed and will improve any further assistance our troops need to be protected.

The full plan can be found HERE.

This is Wagner’s fifth major policy announcement of the campaign. A list of the plans he has previously released can be found below.

  • “An Opportunity For Every Child To Succeed” – will increase education funding by over $1 billion annually so that all districts will have the resources they need to succeed, will encourage the retooling and reinventing of curriculum so that all students are prepared to meet the needs of the modern workforce and will put in place the innovative programs necessary to obtain the best and brightest teachers.
  • “Empowering Pennsylvania’s Economy” – will eliminate burdensome regulations that hold businesses back from growing and expanding, lower taxes on employers so they can hire more workers, bring accountability and certainty to the permitting process and capitalize on the natural resources Pennsylvania has at her disposal.
  • Combating Pennsylvania’s Opioid Crisis” – will dedicate $15 million to performance based treatment and recovery initiatives so that Pennsylvanians will see maximum results for the funding they are investing in the crisis. The plan calls for recouping money from pharmaceutical companies that have not paid their fair share for an epidemic they have helped exacerbate. It will increase resources and strengthen penalties to assist law enforcement in stopping the flow of drugs into Pennsylvania and will implement the educational programs necessary to raise awareness and drive prevention efforts.
  • Assisting Pennsylvania’s Struggling Cities” – will reduce the disproportionate barriers to opportunity those living in these urban communities face through reforming the criminal justice system, encouraging economic investment, providing fair and evidence based education funding and modernizing public transportation systems.
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