Harrisburg, April 20, 2020 − Senator John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) was pleased to announce Senate Bill 1076 passed unanimously in the Veteran Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee today. The bill provides an extension of the Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP). Created in 2005, MFRAP provides grants up to $3,500 to needy Pennsylvania service members and their families.

“Since the program began $1.9 million has reached military families in need,” Sabatina said. “Currently the program is set to end this year. We can’t allow that to happen.”

The program presently offers grants to service members who experienced a sudden loss of income or assets as a result of military service; emergency child care needs; natural or manmade disasters resulting in the need for food, shelter and other necessities; the death or critical illness of a parent, spouse, sibling or child; or exigent circumstances beyond the eligible member’s control.

“These heroes sign up to put their lives on the line to protect our way of life,” Sabatina said. “The least we can do is make sure that we care for them in their time of need.

Sabatina thanked the committee members and his fellow prime sponsors, Senators Baker, Mensch, and Iovino, for their hard work on this important bill.

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) supports this move. The funding for the program has been donated by generous taxpayers filing their Pennsylvania personal income tax returns and through private donations.

The bill will now move to the full Senate.