Reese Bill to Aid Children of Military Service Members Heads to Governor’s Desk
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would provide a support system for students whose parents or guardians are deployed on active duty for the nation’s military is on its way to the governor’s desk, said Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset), author of the bill.

“Students in elementary and high school already carry a large workload, both mentally and physically, which becomes tougher when a parent or guardian is deployed for military service,” said Reese. “This legislation would help ensure better communication between these students and their schools to help them through these times.”

House Bill 2052 would create a link between students of military families and support services such as counseling, a registered school psychologist, social workers, and certified home and school visitors. This would involve a cooperative effort between the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

“The concept is quite simple. If a parent informs their child’s school of a deployment or activation, the school will make them aware of what student services are available,” Reese said. “The emotional stress endured by these children may be overwhelming. Supporting them while their mother or father is defending our nation and Commonwealth is critically important.”

Students whose parents serve in the armed forces, including the Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania Air National Guard, would be eligible.

If signed into law by the governor, the measure would take effect in 60 days. 

Representative Mike Reese
59th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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