Senate Committee Oks to Robinson Bill to Help Veterans

(HARRISBURG) – Senator Devlin Robinson’s (R-37) bill to increase voluntary donations to the Veterans’ Trust Fund was unanimously approved today by the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

“The grants issued by the Veterans’ Trust Fund, earned by virtue of service and sacrifice, are an important funding resource for organizations serving Pennsylvania Veterans,” Senator Robinson said in his remarks before the Committee vote. “Now more than ever, as we continue to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many veterans in Pennsylvania in need of assistance.”

Robinson’s bill increases the voluntary donation amounts to the Veterans’ Trust Fund when applying for or renewing a driver’s license, ID card or vehicle registration. Under his plan, the donations would go from $3 to $5. When applying for a two-year vehicle registration, the donation amount will be increased from $6 to $10.

Robinson’s bill can now move to the full Senate for consideration.

“Increasing the voluntary donation amounts to the Veterans’ Trust Fund is a simple way to show our gratitude to these servicemen and women and help ensure that these crucial funds are readily available to them,” Senator Robinson said.

The Veterans’ Trust Fund was established in 2012 and is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and provides grants to charitable organizations devoted to providing assistance, shelter and living necessities to veterans and their families.

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Contact – Elizabeth Weitzel