WEST CHESTER (June 19) –Legislation by state Senator Andy Dinniman to protect the integrity of the Medal of Honor and other military decorations has been approved by Gov. Tom Corbett.

On Wednesday, Corbett signed into law Act 59, which will have the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs provide for a publicly accessible website listing the recipients of the Medal of Honor – our nation’s highest military award – and the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, the Air Force Cross and the Silver Star, which are also granted for heroic service in the Armed Forces.

Senator Dinniman (left) with Medal of Honor recipient retired Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston (center) and Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig, the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania (right) at an press conference in support of Senate Bill 886 in the state Capitol

Senator Dinniman (left) with Medal of Honor recipient retired Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston (center) and Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig, the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania (right) at an press conference in support of Senate Bill 886 in the state Capitol

The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed the bill earlier this month, and Dinniman said that would not have happened without the full support of Senator Pileggi. “I am very grateful to Sen. Pileggi for that support,” Dinniman said.“One year ago, Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James E. Livingston and I stood together in the State Capitol on Loyalty Day and called for the passage of this bill to protect the integrity of the military award system against false claims,” Dinniman said. “Today, it’s very satisfying to announce that we have fulfilled this request of Gen. Livingston and other Medal of Honor recipients and veterans.”

Dinniman said the public will be able to search the database by name and that it will also include the recipient’s date of service, the name of their award or decoration, and the date they received it.

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