4. Frequently Asked Questions
Question: From whom do you actually get letters of recommendation?
Answer: The Application Guide refers to the requirement of securing sponsorship and a letter of recommendation from at least one recognized national veterans' organization active in this Commonwealth "with Pennsylvania branches, posts, lodges or clubs" and what should be in the letter (remember you are also proving that you are proving a "member in good and regular standing" of that organization).
The guide also refers to this website to determine who those veterans organizations are. Currently the recognized national veterans organizations meeting the requirements specified in statute law regarding service on the commission for members-at-large are found here.
Remember these must be veterans organizations composed primarily of veterans, and not military ones; and that unless specifically listed in 51 PaCS 1702, their department or, in the event of no state level department, the chapters, post, lodge or club, must be registered as a nonprofit business with the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Other letters of recommendation are not required. However, if there are people who would like to express their support for you, you may electronically send their letters of endorsement together with your application. Please send no more than five letters of such nature.
Letters from legislators are not needed as this is not a political appointment. No senate confirmation proceedings occur for State Veterans' Commission proceedings.
Question: What other documents must accompany the emailed application?
Answer: As further explained in the Application Guide, the following documents in electronic form (PDF) are required:
1) A scanned photo as an attachment or digital photo.
2) A statement of why you want the position and how you expect to contribute to the workings of the State Veterans' Commission.
3) A resume or curricula vitae.
4) Your last DD Form 214 and 215 (if applicable), NGB Form 22, or equivalent proof of service for the purpose of verifying your veteran status.
5) One or more sponsor statements from a nationally recognized veterans service organization active within the state as discussed above.
Question: What will happen next?
Answer: A Nomination Committee will review the applications against the needs of the State Veterans' Commission and rank order the applicants.
Final candidates may be personally interviewed at the election of the Nomination Committee before it makes its recommendations for appointment to the Adjutant General who then makes a recommendation to the Governor, the appointing authority. The Governor makes the final decision.
Question: Will I have to disclose my personal finances?
Answer: The commonwealth does not require disclosure of personal finances for appointment or during service to the State Veterans' Commission.
Question: Are Code of Conduct Forms required?
Answer: While all commission members are sworn in, members of the State Veterans' Commission are not required to file the Governor's Code of Conduct form. However, the Governor asks all his appointees to follow and understand the Governor's Code of Conduct maintained on the Office of Public Liaison's website.
Question: Will I be required to swear an oath?
Answer: Members of the State Veterans' Commission are required to sign a notarized oath of office by the Constitution. The Governor's Office will contact you about this. It is kept on file with the Department of State.
Question: Do you have any additional questions?
Answer: If you have additional questions, email RA-SVC@pa.gov and in the body of the email address it to:
State Veterans' Commission
Attention: Member-At-Large Committee