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Issue Position: Veterans

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The 80th legislative district has a proud history of citizens who have served their fellow community members in the Armed Forces, law enforcement, or emergency services. Rep. Stern's district is home to the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home which is an additional reason why Jerry has fought so hard on behalf of our veterans and law enforcement in the PA House.

During the 2007-2008 legislative session, Jerry sponsored House Bill 1111 which would make it a third degree felony for a person who purposely causes a soldier or veteran to come into contact with their bodily fluids. This bill was introduced in response to constituent concerns regarding soldiers and veterans who were spit upon during an event in Washington D.C. Such despicable acts have no right to be committed toward those who have served our nation. He also authored legislation to supplement the Armed Forces Loan Forgiveness Program provided by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). The bill covers the cost of the accrued interest and defers loan payments for PA National Guard members called to active duty. Interest on the loans would be paid for by PHEAA. This bill has the support of the governor and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

In addition to his dedication to Veterans issues, Rep. Stern is aware of the sacrifices our first responders and law enforcement officials make on a daily basis. Jerry joins the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police for its Annual Police Memorial Ceremony every year at the state capitol to honor and speak about those brave men and women who have given their lives to protect others. He also authored House Resolution 229, which paid tribute to all Pennsylvania police officers killed in the line of duty. His resolution passed unanimously.

His understanding of the issues related to law enforcement and emergency management comes from his years of committee work in the House and on special commissions. From 2001-2006, Jerry was an appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Because of his responsiveness to law enforcement, he was the recipient of a Legislative Award in 2004 from the Pennsylvania Sheriff's Association at its annual conference.


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