HARRISBURG — A bill from Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) passed the House in a bid to increase the monthly pension amounts for blind veterans and veterans who are amputees or paralyzed.
Pennsylvania veterans who suffered service-connected injuries or diseases are currently eligible for pensions of $150 per month if those injuries or diseases resulted in loss of vision, paralysis or the loss of two or more extremities.
Gregory’s House Bill 2082
would increase the pension amount to $200 per month for the Blind Veterans Pension Program and the Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans Pension Program.
“These veterans gave so much during their service and suffered injuries or diseases related to it. They deserve our support,” Gregory said. “It frustrates me that the two veterans’ pension programs have not received an increase since 1999. I’m grateful my friend John Gority, who is a Vietnam War veteran, brought this important issue to my attention.”
The House passed House Bill 2082 on a 193-0 vote. It goes to the Senate for its consideration.
Representative Jim Gregory
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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