HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed an executive order establishing the Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Recognition Campaign to annually recognize and thank commonwealth employees who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserves, and National Guard.
“It seems especially fitting to sign this executive order on Flag Day, and the birthday of the Army, as we proudly recognize the commonwealth employees who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserves and National Guard,” Wolf said.
“They demonstrate extraordinary selflessness and personal sacrifices for this commonwealth and the nation, and we are grateful for their service. I hope, too, that by recognizing them we will encourage patriotism, spark the call to service and stimulate civic engagement in Pennsylvania.”
Current commonwealth employees who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard; the Reserves, and National Guard are eligible for program participation and recognition. Participants will receive a lapel pin to honor their service at ceremonies in November.
The Office of Administration will establish and maintain a database of eligible employees, help commonwealth agencies in conducting an annual review of the database, and keep a record of those employees who have received lapel pins or who have opted out of the Campaign.
Currently there are approximately 14,000 commonwealth employees who meet the criteria for inclusion in the campaign.
“We appreciate the Governor’s leadership and support with the Military State Employee Recognition Campaign. This initiative will recognize current state employees who are veterans and state employees who currently serve in the military who are under the Governor’s jurisdiction,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Each of these approximately 14,000 patriots have served or are serving our nation in the U.S. military and now serve our communities across Pennsylvania. In addition to honoring our veterans for their dual service, we also hope to raise awareness within the veterans community for federal and state benefits, the Pennsylvania Veterans Registry, and mentoring opportunities throughout our veterans’ communities.”
“The Campaign will recognize these dedicated commonwealth employees, and also commit to helping each understand and access all state and federal benefits they may have earned,” Wolf said. “We owe them a debt of gratitude every day and the Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Recognition Campaign is one way to ensure that gratitude is a priority.”