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Honoring All Veterans
As we observe this Veteran’s Day and the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank the brave men and women who have faithfully served the United States of America in our Armed Forces. We all too often take our freedoms for granted, but it is only through the service of our nation’s veterans and those who continue to serve our nation that we enjoy the rights we do today.
We cannot count the immeasurable cost of what our nation’s veterans have given to ensure that you and I remain free. I am struck by the meaning behind one anonymous author’s definition of what it means to be a veteran:
“A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount up to and including their life.”
I encourage you to take a moment today to give thanks and reflect on those who have served our country and those who are currently serving in our nation’s military at home and abroad. They both need and deserve our continued prayers for safety and courage.
Special Edition of Legislative Report
On this Special Edition of Legislative Report, I interview Linda Gerkensmeyer, Executive Director of Integra Home Counseling, and State Representative David Parker regarding the importance of consumer awareness and knowledge when buying a home as well as the state of our housing market in Monroe County.
Linda and her organization help families facing foreclosure and guide homeowners through the mortgage modification and refinancing process. Between January 2013 and January 2016, more than 4,295 new foreclosures were filed in Monroe County. Rep. Parker and I have been fighting for our constituents in Harrisburg. Addressing our burdensome school property taxes has been our top priority.
November Episode of Legislative Report
In my November episode of Legislative Report, I interview Jamie Drake, Administrator at the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, Tiffany Rossanese, Administrator at the Northampton County Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and John Christy, Monroe County Commissioner.
We discuss the growing epidemic of opioid abuse and overdoses as well the programs and resources available to anyone with family or friends suffering from addiction. Since January 2015 (when I was sworn-in as Senator), more than 180 confirmed fatal overdoses occurred within Monroe and Northampton Counties. There is an immediate need for action in Pennsylvania.
Sen. Scavello to Host Pathways to Pardons with Lt. Governor
I will be co-hosting the seminar Pathways to Pardons with Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack on Tuesday, November 15 from 6-8 PM at the Monroe County Emergency Management Office (100 Gypsum Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360). The event is free to the public and will inform constituents about the pardon process in Pennsylvania.
For some people, a single poor decision may have ruined one’s ability to obtain gainful employment or move toward becoming a productive member of society. In some cases, as long as an individual has committed no further offenses, applying for and obtaining a pardon may help them “push the restart button” and put their past behind them.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack will discuss the Governor’s pardon process and there will be a Q&A session following the presentation. Individuals interested in learning about the application process are encouraged to attend.
While the event is free to the public, an RSVP is required. To reserve your spot at the Seminar, please contact Kristine Bush in my office at 570-620-4326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Law Helps Veterans Receive Teaching Certificate
Legislation that alleviates financial and logistical barriers for members of our military and their spouses to receive teacher certification in Pennsylvania passed the General Assembly and was recently signed into law. To boost the number of available teachers in Pennsylvania, Act 143 of 2016 also allows educators with inactive Pennsylvania certification who have maintained “active” certification in other states to return to Pennsylvania and have their certification be returned to active status. View the legislation here.
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