Bridge Dedicated to Waynesburg Soldier
State Rep. Pam Snyder and I joined military officials and family members at the New Freeport Fire Hall in New Freeport, to honor the distinguished 36-year Army career of the late Lt. Col. Cephus Lee Roupe of Waynesburg.
Rep. Snyder’s House Bill 1972, signed into law July 2 as Act 101 of 2014, designated the Golden Oaks Road (Route 18) bridge over Fish Creek in Freeport Township as the Lieutenant Colonel Cephus Lee Roupe Memorial Bridge.
Col. Roupe passed away March 2, 2012, after serving his country in the U.S. Army for 36 years. His untimely death at age 54 came soon after he submitted his retirement papers to the Army.
Col. Roupe began his Army career as an enlisted man and worked his way to the top. After earning his aviation wings, Col. Roupe received a direct commission to the Medical Service Corps and became qualified to operate numerous military aircraft.
As a Master Army Aviator, Col. Roupe was considered perhaps the most experienced Medical Service Corps aviator in the Army. He saw combat duty in both the first and second Iraq wars. He also flew multiple missions in war-torn Bosnia and Afghanistan.
Speakers at the bridge dedication event included Col. Kyle Campbell, commander, Brook Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas; Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commanding general, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Army Medical Service Corps; and Maj. Gen. (ret.) David Rubenstein.
Yinz Winz Softball Game; Helps Fight Hunger
As the starting pitcher for the “Yinz” team at the Capitol All Stars softball game, I managed to retire three of the first four batters I faced. Our team, made up of lawmakers from the western part of Pennsylvania, defeated the “Youse” team from the east by a score of 17-8.
More importantly, the game is expected to have raised more than $50,000 to help fight hunger in Pennsylvania. September is “Hunger Awareness Month,” and the game serves as a reminder before the holiday season that hunger is a year-round problem that needs year-round attention.
If you missed the game, you can watch the replays on PCN. For a schedule and a line-up, click here.
Congress Should Double Military Pay Raise
At a time when our nation is again ramping up military action overseas, I joined in unanimous Senate support for urging the U.S. Congress to do better than the one percent raise in pay recommended by President Obama for our armed forces.
The raise is scheduled to take effect next year and, by then, it will have been more than wiped out by inflation. We can do better for the men and women defending our country at home and abroad.
Senate Resolution 448 urges Congress to appropriate a 2 percent salary increase that would keep up with the rate of inflation and keep faith with the men and women who are sacrificing so much for their country.
Even though the nation’s economy is still only slowly recovering, keeping our military families out of poverty and dependence on other government services should be a priority. To read the resolution, click here.
A Reminder to Plan for Pets in Emergencies
The Senate this week unanimously approved my resolution reminding Pennsylvanians to include animals when planning for response and evacuation during natural or man-made disasters.
Families that love their pets and value their livestock too often fail to think of them when planning for emergencies and that oversight creates hardship for the animals and emergency responders who have to make difficult decisions.
My Senate resolution marks Sept. 22 through 28 as “Animal Disaster Preparedness Week in Pennsylvania.”
In addition to serving as a reminder to plan for animals, the resolution honors the State Animal Response Team (Pa SART) and county-level teams that work together with skilled volunteers to care for animals of all varieties during disasters and emergencies.
The dedication and devotion of our volunteers has spared the lives of countless pets, livestock, and poultry animals over the years.
Pennsylvania is home to millions of farm animals and nearly three quarters of households have pets.
The Champ Visits the Capitol
Who has more consecutive heavyweight title defenses than Muhammed Ali and Mike Tyson combined? Easton PA's Larry Holmes, that's who.
The champ visited the Capitol this week to talk about his work in helping the young people and the economy of his native Easton. After his boxing career, in which he held the heavyweight title for 20 consecutive defenses over five years, Holmes remembered his roots by investing in local businesses and hiring local people in his home town. He's a true role model for today's successful athletes.