Barrar Receives Neumann University Presidential Humanitarian Award
HARRISBURG - Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) was presented with Neumann University’s Presidential Humanitarian Award tonight during the university’s 15th Annual Scholarship Gala at The Union League of Philadelphia.

“Steve Barrar is a worthy recipient of the Neumann University Presidential Humanitarian Award because he values service to others and is a champion of those who risk their lives to preserve our way of life and protect our communities. He advocates tirelessly for policies to aid community first responders, veterans, and active duty and reserve military personnel,” said Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, Neumann’s president.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by Neumann University in this manner,” said Barrar. “I have had the privilege of working with the university on a number of important issues over the years – most recently on a program addressing the needs of children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and as a guest speaker at their spring conference on autism. I have also worked with university officials to secure state grant funding.”

According to the university, since 1992 this award has been given annually to “an individual whose life reflects a commitment to serve humanity and empower the underserved in our society, devotion to religious and family values, dedication to excellence, value for philanthropy and giving back, willingness to take risks in the pursuit of vision, and a demonstrated value for education and a positive intellectual life.”

Now in his ninth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on behalf of the citizens of the 160th Legislative District, Barrar has gained a reputation as a dedicated public servant committed to preserving the quality of life of those he serves.

As chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Barrar understands the role of the military and first responders in guarding the public’s safety and wellbeing. A member of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, Barrar knows the risks and sacrifices faced by military personnel, and he recognizes their needs. He works tirelessly to ensure that military veterans receive appropriate care and services, including employment and education opportunities. He recently advanced legislation allowing all veterans to attend Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning at in-state tuition rates and passed a resolution out of his committee that would urge Congress to authorize the use of service dogs to assist veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Barrar also understands the stress on emergency responders who have been plagued by severe weather that has put additional stress on resources and personnel. He has worked to gain passage of legislation to reauthorize, expand and increase state grant funding for Pennsylvania’s fire companies and ambulance services.

Neumann University, located in Aston Township, Delaware County, was founded in 1965 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. 

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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