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PA Gov. Rendell Urges State Pick Up National Guard Life Insurance Tab

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has urged state legislators to pass a law to have the state pay for the life insurance premiums for National Guard...
August 23, 2005

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has urged state legislators to pass a law to have the state pay for the life insurance premiums for National Guard soldiers and airmen on active duty. Rendell, a Democrat, said the deaths of seven Pennsylvania guardsmen earlier this month "brought home the crushing reality of our war against global terrorism." He asked the Republican-controlled Legislature to have the state underwrite the $312 annual premiums for $400,000 in coverage offered by a federal program. He also asked lawmakers to pass a range of other benefits for veterans and guardsmen that were in a package he proposed earlier this year. A spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader David J. Brightbill said the life insurance subsidies were likely to be considered after the General Assembly reconvenes next month, even though spending bills are normally considered as part of the state budget. "We're going to do everything we can to get this on the governor's desk this fall," said Erik Arneson, spokesman for Brightbill.

The Pennsylvania National Guard has more than 3,350 soldiers and airmen serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. Eleven have been killed while on duty in Iraq.

PA Gov. Urges State Pick Up National Guard Insurance Tab (Insurance Journal 8/22/05)