Committee Passes Mako Bill to Make Military Family Relief Program Check-Off Permanent
HARRISBURG – The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today reported out Rep. Zach Mako’s (R-Lehigh/Northampton) legislation to extend the Military Family Relief Program check-off box on state tax forms permanently.

“This valuable program helps meet the needs of deployed servicemen and servicewomen and their family members,” said Mako, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in the Pennsylvania National Guard. “The last worry on their minds should be about food, shelter, clothing and medical care. I know firsthand how emotionally difficult active duty service can be.”

House Bill 984 would make the tax check-off permanent. The Military Family Relief Program provides financial assistance to armed forces personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserves. Assistance available under the program is offered during active duty status. The program is funded by the tax check-off and was first initiated in 2005. It has been extended three times since then. Currently, the program is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2018.

The 183rd District includes South Whitehall (part), Washington and Whitehall (part) townships and Slatington Borough in Lehigh County. It also consists of Allen, Lehigh and Moore (part) townships, and North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport boroughs in Northampton County.

Representative Zachary Mako
183rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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