Governor Wolf Announces Extension of Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Extension of Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program January 11, 2016 Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is once again accepting applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program thanks to an amendment to legislation that extends the application deadline to Aug. 31. 2018.“Since April 2008, we have compensated more than 11,500 veterans for their service and sacrifice in the Persian Gulf Conflict,” Governor Wolf said. “Our hope is to reach all of those veterans eligible for this program and ensure they receive all benefits entitled to them.”The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.In each case, the service member must have:Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from August 2, 1990 until August 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.“We encourage everyone to help us spread the word because qualified Persian Gulf veterans have truly earned this bonus,” said Brig. Gen. Jerry Beck Jr., the state’s deputy adjutant general for veterans affairs. “We believe that there are still many more Persian Gulf Veterans who have not applied for the bonus and this three year extension of the application deadline will allow us another opportunity to reach as many applicants as possible.”Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program. The deadline for applying for benefits under the program extension is Aug. 31, 2018.For detailed instructions on how to apply, visit www.persiangulfbonus.pa.gov.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Baseball Bats

first_imgThe other day David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox showed up for batting practice with a metal bat.  Of course, these are banned in major league baseball, but he wanted to put on a show for the fans during batting practice.  He supposedly hit several balls completely out of Fenway Park–even some over the scoreboard.  Now you know why they are banned in pro baseball.  However, that is only part of what I wanted to discuss today.  In the early days of baseball, players literally brought lumber to the plate.  The bats were huge from one end to the other.  Babe Ruth supposedly used a bat so large that some major leaguers couldn’t even swing it.  As the years have gone by, the bats keep getting smaller, lighter, and more slender.  Couple this with the fact that ash is not readily available any more you constantly see bats being shattered.  Ash wood has been affected by a beetle and no other wood has proven to be as good as ash was.  Players say they prefer the new slender bats because they get the same effect with the narrow handle as a golfer gets when he uses a driver.  You literally get a whiplash effect which carries the ball farther from the plate.  With all of the technology in baseball today, you can see this in some of the slow motion camera shots.  I have already discussed the controversy of metal bats and their danger to pitchers in the lowest levels of baseball.  I doubt if anybody uses the Jackie Robinson model that was so popular in my high school baseball days.last_img read more

Ranking every Premier League team by average height – from smallest to tallest

first_img Current Premier League position – 8th 21 2. Huddersfield Town – 184.7cm 3. Crystal Palace – 184.0cm REVEALED 21 Current Premier League position – 11th REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow = 12. West Ham United – 182.7cm no dice Pep Guardiola‘s men have dazzled spectators across the globe for the past 18 months with their scintillating attacking football, often played at breakneck speeds.Similarly, Eddie Howe’s men have left supporters on their edge of their seats this season by playing a brand of football which is both enthralling and productive. The Cherries are sitting eighth in the table – a mere eight points off the prestigious Champions League places.Here at talkSPORT.com, it got us to thinking just how everyone else in the division matches up in terms of height.Scroll down to see every team from this season’s top flight ranked in order of average height, from smallest to tallest. Current Premier League position – 14th Current Premier League position – 16th Current Premier League position – 17th 21 21 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 17. Cardiff City – 181.7cm shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 21 21 14. Leicester City – 182.4cm gameday cracker 21 1. Watford – 185.4cm Current Premier League position – 6th tense 21 4. Chelsea – 183.6cm 21 Latest Premier League News Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Current Premier League position – 3rd Current Premier League position – 12th Current Premier League position – 1st Current Premier League position – 15th 6. Wolverhampton Wanderers – 183.4cmcenter_img = 10. Newcastle United – 182.9cm 16. Liverpool – 181.8cm 21 20. Manchester City – 179.7cm 21 21 Current Premier League position – 13th 21 19. Bournemouth – 181.2cm Current Premier League position – 10th Current Premier League position – 18th7. Arsenal – 183.3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card = 10. Southampton – 182.9 21 21 Current Premier League position – 19th 21 Manchester City and Bournemouth meet this weekend in the latest round of Premier League fixtures.The clash at the Etihad will feature two of the smallest sides on average in the English top-flight in what promises to be an entertaining affair. Current Premier League position – 4th Current Premier League position – 5th 21 18. Everton – 181.5cm 5. Manchester United – 183.5cm 15. Fulham – 182.1cm 21 Current Premier League position – 7th Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Current Premier League position – 9th 13. Brighton and Hove Albion- 182.6cm = 10. Tottenham Hotspur- 182.9cm = 12. Burnley – 182.7cm 21 Current Premier League position – 2nd 21 Current Premier League position – 20th Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Marouane Fellaini and Raheem Sterling are on two completely contrasting ends of the height charts 21last_img read more