In this Update:
Celebrating Our Enduring Constitution
Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23. The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights. This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to:
Constitution Week is a great time to learn more about this important document and celebrate the freedoms it gave us. Please offer prayers for our country and for those who protect us.
Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally
I was proud to stand with other 2nd Amendment supporters and legislators during this year’s Right to Bear Arms Rally at the Capitol. The right of self-defense is fundamental and must be protected, and it was good to be with so many people who feel the same.
We’re Still Collecting Items for Area Food Banks
Throughout Hunger Action Month, my district offices (see addresses below) are collecting non-perishable items to be given to food banks in our communities.
Neighbors helping neighbors is the best form of charity and it’s one of the many traditions that make our country great. Please consider making a donation to help a family in need.
Help Available to Move Students from Schools to Employment
State assistance is available to develop and improve partnerships between schools, employers, organizations or associations for pre-apprenticeship and training pathways for students.
Successful project applications should create career opportunities that lessen the gap between high school and employment or post-secondary education through the use of pre-apprenticeships.
Applicants must be registered with the department as a pre-apprenticeship program and be connected to a registered apprenticeship program that will be responsible for administering and operating a pre-apprenticeship program. Additional details and the grant application for the Schools-to-Work grants can be found here. Applications are due by Oct. 12.
Thank You, Truck Drivers
This is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. These one million professional men and women keep the American economy moving by delivering our goods safely, securely and on time. Thank you for your commitment and hard work.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day
On Friday, September 16, we recognize the heroism of our POWs and MIAs. We still hope for them to return home to the nation that they have served courageously. We will continue to pray for these men and women, along with their loved ones. On this day we give thanks to our former prisoners of war and recognize the great sacrifices they have made for our country. God Bless America.
Out and About in the 30th
The Hollidaysburg Veterans Home (HVH) held a POW/MIA ceremony today and asked me to be the keynote speaker. My late father, Patrick, was a POW in Normandy, Germany, and fortunately made it home. I shared his photo during my remarks. Pictured is HVH Commandant Sam Dunkle describing the importance of the POW/MIA table at the front and what each item on the table represents. Each military branch is represented at the table for the missing soldier.
Recently, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA) hosted a regional meet and greet event for PMTA members and legislators in Blair County at Ward Transport & Logistics Corporation. I was joined by fellow colleagues on a panel to provide legislative updates and answer PMTA member questions.
In preparation of Constitution Week, September 17-23, I visited three local schools and handed out pocket constitution books to 8th grade students. We discussed the importance of this document and the rights each individual has because of the constitution.