Senate Approves Mastriano PA VETConnect Bill

HARRISBURG – The state Senate today approved legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) to establish in law the PA VETConnect program to help Pennsylvania veterans access programs, services and benefits in their communities.

“Our military veterans earned access to certain benefits and programs through their service to our nation,” Mastriano said. “This program connects veterans with the resources available in their communities and across the commonwealth. It’s important for us to protect this program by having it codified in Pennsylvania law.”

Senate Bill 447 would establish in law the PA VETConnect program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and helps the commonwealth’s more than 700,000 veterans access services in their communities. The database of resources enables local veteran advocates – including staff at county veterans affairs offices – to point veterans to information, resources, programs and services in their area and across the commonwealth.

Mastriano’s remarks in the Senate during consideration of the bill can be viewed here.

Senate Bill 447 previously was approved by the House of Representatives and now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Constituents of the 33rd District can learn more about Mastriano by visiting his website at or following him on Facebook at


Media contact: Nate Silcox

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