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July 31, 2007
Retired Lawmaker Thomas M. Tigue Named to Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame
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FORT INDIANTOWN GAP – Former state Rep. Thomas M. Tigue, who played an integral role in passing laws and securing benefits for veterans and members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, has been inducted into the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame.

“For more than a quarter of a century, Rep. Tigue showed a deep and personal understanding of the needs of our service members, veterans and their families,” said Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright, the state’s adjutant general. “He was a true friend to the Pennsylvania National Guard and now he is taking his honored place in our hall of fame.”

Tigue, a former chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, served in the legislature from 1980 until his retirement in 2006.

Known for using bipartisan efforts to achieve many legislative successes, Tigue was instrumental in creating and establishing the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have an immediate financial need as a result of military service.

A former Marine who served in Southeast Asia and spent 27 years in the Marine Corps Reserve, Tigue helped to define Pennsylvania’s military agenda and ensure its military readiness. He was a co-sponsor of legislation giving the Governor authority to call members of the National Guard to state active duty in the event of emergencies in other states.

A native of Pittston, Tigue and his wife, Dianne, live in Hughestown, Luzerne County.

The DMVA Hall of Fame, established in 1998, recognizes unique and exemplary contributions to the department and/or to the Pennsylvania National Guard. This award not only recognizes significant achievements, but also the honor and prestige an individual has brought upon the department, the Pennsylvania National Guard and its members. Election into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the department.

Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright, Pennsylvania adjutant general, joins the newest inductees into the Hall of Fame as they join with several past Hall of Fame inductees who attended the recent ceremony. Pictured, from left, are: Maj. Gen. Frank H. Smoker; Hon. Gary E. Crowell; former state Rep. Thomas Tigue; Paul Hastings; Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Posey; Stanley Reinhard; Gen. Wright; Sen. Don White; and Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Herman Clements.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A photo of Thomas M. Tigue is available.

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