Legislation introduced by Senator Scott E. Hutchinson intended to assist the Pennsylvania National Guard in its efforts to recruit and retain military medical professionals received final legislative approval today (June 18) and is headed to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.
The intent of Senate Bill 403 is to use state Educational Assistance Program (EAP) funding to encourage those officers to continue their service in the National Guard. The measure specifically targets the retention of physicians, physician assistants, behavioral health, public health and environmental science officers.
“This bill would address the ongoing and critical need for a state recruiting incentive for medical professionals in the National Guard. Many of the authorized positions in these specialties are currently vacant,” said Senator Hutchinson. “Military medical officers provide critical support during overseas deployments, contingency operations and domestic emergencies and I hope we can use our resources to encourage these professionals to stay in the National Guard.”