State / Territory Benefits - Pennsylvania

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Summary: Pennsylvania offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Veterans Emergency Assistance, Disabled Veterans' Real Estate Exemption, Educational Gratuity, Veterans Employment, Blind Veterans Pension, Paralyzed Veterans' Pension, Civil Service Preference, Special Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting, Fishing license and State Park privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

 

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 State Taxes:

Retirement Income Taxes: Retirement income is not taxed after age 59 1/2 if the person has reached retirement, based on years of service or age.  Retired means meeting the requirements of a Pennsylvania eligible plan and separated from service by retiring.  Eligible employer-sponsored retirement plans can, but do not necessarily, include employer-sponsored deferred compensation plans; 401(k) plans, thrift plans, thrift savings plans, and eligible welfare plans.  Income not taxed includes Social Security benefits and Railroad Retirement benefits; commonly recognized pension, old age retirement benefits paid after becoming eligible to retire, and then retiring.  It also includes United Mine Workers' pensions, military pensions, and civil service annuities.

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Retired Military Pay: No state income tax on Veterans' pensions.

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Tax Advantage State Income: Military pay for Pennsylvania ARNG & USAR members who perform Federal funded active duty service outside Pennsylvania is exempt from PA personal income tax. Military pay for those on active duty outside Pennsylvania is not taxed.

Differential Pay Tax Exemption: Pennsylvania taxes the difference between military pay and regular wages when an employer compensates a Service member. However, differential pay is not subject to PA personal income tax for Service members on active duty in combat zones or hazardous duty zones.

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

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VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

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Military SBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: No state income tax on survivor benefits.

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Disabled Veterans' Real Estate Tax Exemption: A Veteran will be exempt from the payment of all real estate taxes levied upon any building, including the land upon which it stands, occupied by him/her as their principal dwelling.
Eligibility:

  • Served in the military honorably
  • Served during established war service dates  (DOC) as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. **The following decorations can also be used to establish wartime service: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Navy Expeditionary Medal.
  • Must have a total or 100% permanent service-connected disability rating by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or as the result of military service the Veteran is blind or paraplegic or has sustained the loss of two or more limbs
    • Blind: Visual acuity of three-sixtieths or ten two-hundredths, or less normal Vision
    • Paraplegic: The bilateral paralysis of the upper or lower extremities of the body
  • Must be a resident of the Commonwealth
  • Must occupy the real estate as his/her principal dwelling
  • Dwelling is owned solely by the Veteran or as an estate in the entirety

Must prove financial need:

  • Veteran must prove financial need according to the criteria established by the State Veterans Commission if their annual income exceeds $87,212
  • Applicants with an annual income of $87,212 or less are given a rebuttable presumption to have a need for the exemption
  • **Upon the death of a qualified Veteran, tax exemption may pass on to the unmarried surviving Spouse if financial need can be shown.

An applicant whose gross annual income exceeds $87,212 will be considered to have a financial need for the exemption when the applicant's allowable expenses exceed the applicant's household income. The applicant's monthly household expenses will be calculated to include a cost of living allowance and dependent's allowance.

To apply contact the County Veterans Affairs Director in the county you reside to apply for this program.

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Education Benefits:

Operation Recognition: "Operation Recognition" authorizes school districts to grant a high school diploma to any honorably discharged Veteran who served in the United States military in World War II the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War.

In order to recognize and honor Veterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in World War II, Korea or Vietnam, the Board shall grant a diploma to a Veteran who meets the following requirements:

  • Was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States of America
  • Served in the United States military between September 16,1940 and December 31, 1946 during WWII or between June 27, 1950 to January 30, 1955 during the Korean Conflict or between 1958 and 1975 during the Vietnam War
  • Attended high school between 1937 and 1946 during WWII or between 1947 and 1955 during the Korean Conflict and 1961 through 1975 for Vietnam War but did not graduate due to entry into military service
  • Would have been a member of a graduation class during 1941 through 1950 for WWII or 1951 through 1957 for Korean Conflict and 1961 through 1975 for Vietnam War but did not graduate due to entry into military service.
  • Is a current resident of this district or attended high school in this district or a predecessor of this district. This requirement is optional, based on school district policies

All applications should be forwarded to the Veteran's local school district. The Board may also award a diploma posthumously to a Veteran who meets the stated requirements. The Superintendent shall submit to the Board for its approval the name of Veterans eligible for a high school diploma.

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Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program: This program honors individuals who lost their lives protecting the citizens of Pennsylvania by helping their Children fund their education.

The Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program provides a waiver for tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board costs charged by public postsecondary institutions. This waiver applies only to charges that remain after all other grants (federal, state, and outside scholarships) have been applied to your student account.
Eligibility: To be considered for a Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program waiver, you must:

  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Be a Child by birth or adoption of a deceased active National Guard member who died after January 1, 1976, as a direct result of performing his or her official duties
  • Be a Child by birth or adoption of a deceased National Guard member or certain other individual who was on federal or state active military duty who died since September 11, 2001, as a direct result of performing his or her official duties
  • Be 25 years of age or younger at the time of application for the program
  • Have already applied for available scholarships, as well as state and federal grants
  • Be enrolled at a Pennsylvania community college, state-owned institution, or state-related institution as a full-time student pursuing undergraduate studies that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree.

To download the application, please click here.

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Educational Gratuity: Provides financial assistance to Children of honorably discharged Veterans who have service-connected disabilities and served during Period of War or armed conflict or Children of Veterans who die or died in service during a period of war or armed conflict. Payment will not exceed $500.00 per term or semester per qualified Child to each approved educational institution upon submission by that approved educational institution of proof of matriculation of the applicant. Educational gratuity payments are paid directly to the Educational Institution and may not be made for longer than 4 scholastic years.
Eligibility: Veteran's eligibility criteria:

  • Died in service during a period of war or armed conflict or,
  • A Veteran who has an honorable discharge from the U.S. military
  • Served during established war service dates as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (The following decorations can also be used to establish wartime service: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Navy Expeditionary Medal)
  • Veteran must have a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability rating by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Child's eligibility criteria:

  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 23, living within the Commonwealth five years prior to application and must attend a school within the Commonwealth.
  • Applicant must have a financial need.

Applicants need to contact the County Veterans Affairs Director in the county which they reside to begin the application process.

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Children of Soldiers Declared POW/MIA: The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers a special state grant to the Children of any Soldier in the U.S. Armed Forces who has been declared as a prisoner of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA). The maximum award amount is $1,200, but availability is dependent on state funding.
Eligibility: Applicant must be the Child of a Soldier who has been designated as a POW or MIA. In addition, the POW/MIA Soldier must have:

  • Served on active duty after January 31, 1955
  • Been a resident of Pennsylvania for at least the 12 months before serving on active duty
  • Not deserted, defected to the enemy, or been discharged under conditions other than "honorable"

How to Apply:

1.    Call to get a POW/MIA application:
1-800-692-7392 (toll-free)
TTY: Dial 711 (for hearing impaired)

2.    File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the POW/MIA application.

File as early as possible. Applications received at PHEAA before April 1 of the spring term for which you are requesting aid may be eligible for funding for the full academic year, funds permitting.

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Pennsylvania National Guard EAP: Together with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, PHEAA administers the Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP) for students who enter into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard for six years.
Eligibility: To be considered for EAP, the applicant must:

  • Be a bona fide resident of Pennsylvania
  • Be enrolled in a degree-or certificate-granting program of study at an approved Pennsylvania institution
  • Have entered a service agreement with the Pennsylvania National Guard for at least six (6) years.

The breakdown of tuition paid by the EAP is as follows:


Full-Time Attendance

Part-Time Attendance

Undergraduates

The lesser of:

  • 100% of the tuition at the institution where you are enrolled
    OR
  • The flat full-time tuition charged to a Pennsylvania resident at a state-owned university

The lesser of:

  • 100% of the tuition for a part-time course of study
    OR
  • Two-thirds of the flat full-time tuition charged to a Pennsylvania resident at a state-owned university

Graduate degree candidates or those who already hold a bachelor's degree

Eligible for only part-time funding

The lesser of:

  • 50% of the tuition charged for a part-time course of study
    OR
  • One-third of the flat full-time tuition charged to a Pennsylvania resident at a state-owned university

 

If the Service member fails to honor the service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard, he/she must repay the total EAP award amount, plus interest.

To apply, the Service member must contact the Readiness NCO at their unit of assignment. For individuals who are not a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard and want more information, please click here.

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Pennsylvania State Grant Program: The Pennsylvania State Grant Program has helped Veterans finance a post-secondary education. The program considers all Veterans without regard to the financial status of their Family. The amount of money applicants can expect to receive is based on individual financial situation as well as the type of school attended in Pennsylvania. More specific details on grant award amounts may be found at the 'Learn more' tab below.

Eligibility: Applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Are a high school graduate as stipulated in the Pennsylvania State Grant law
  • Attend a postsecondary school approved by PHEAA for Pennsylvania State Grant purposes
  • Are enrolled at least half-time (defined as at least six semester credits but less than 12 semester credits per semester, or the equivalent)
  • Be unconditionally admitted and enrolled in an approved program of study of at least 2 academic years in length
  • Are enrolled in a program of study where at least 50% of the total credit or clock hours needed for completion of the program are earned through classroom instruction:
    • The program itself must be structured to allow you to complete at least 50% of your credits or clock hours in the classroom.
    • Your enrollment pattern by term must also consist of at least 50% classroom instruction (unless you have a medical disability (PDF)).
  • Have made satisfactory academic progress (as defined by PHEAA)
  • Not have already earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • Are a Pennsylvania resident, as stipulated in the Pennsylvania State Grant law
  • Are of satisfactory character (for example, not be incarcerated)
  • Not have received the maximum number of Pennsylvania State Grants permitted
  • Not be in default or pending default on an educational loan. This also applies to any program where the award has been converted to a loan and the loan is in a default status.
  • File and complete the application process by the appropriate deadlines

For more details read the Rights and Responsibilities Certification Document.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Karl Streckewald, Regional Director, Division of Planning / Bureau of Curriculum / Assessment & Instruction
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Address: 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126
Email: kstreckewa@pa.gov
Phone: 717-346-4369

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Employment Benefits:

State Employee Leave of Absence for Military Duty: State employees receive 15 days paid military leave per year. In addition they are entitled to unpaid leave of absence from their respective duties without loss of seniority or efficiency rating on all days in excess of 15 days per year during which they shall be engaged in training or other military duty under orders authorized by Federal or State law.
Eligibility: State employees that are members of the Pennsylvania National Guard or as members of any reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States on orders for Annual Training or active duty.

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Re-employment following Emergency or Military Duty: Upon completion of emergency or military duty, any member of the Pennsylvania National Guard or any other Reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces shall be restored by his/her employer to their previous employment position and status, or a position of similar seniority, status, and pay which was held prior to the Service member's deployment or mobilization. If the Service member is not qualified to perform the duties of such position due to disability sustained during mobilization or deployment, but otherwise qualified to perform the duties of any other position in the employ of his/her former employer, then a position in which he/she is qualified to perform with like seniority and pay (or the closest approximation thereof consistent with the case) shall be offered.

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Civil Service Preference (State): Job Seekers who pass civil service examinations required for appointment to positions covered by the State's Merit System receive additional benefits in recognition of their military service. These benefits commonly are referred to as Veterans' preference. The authority for Veterans' preference in Pennsylvania government employment is contained in The Act of August 1, 1975 (P.L. 233, No. 92), as amended, in Title 51 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, "Military and Veterans Code." Those eligible will receive ten additional points on their final earned ratings, provided they pass the examination and have mandatory appointment preference over non-Veterans
Eligibility: Eligible Veterans are: persons who served in an active duty capacity in the armed forces of the United States since July 27, 1953, including completion of basic training; completed their military service commitment; and, were honorably discharged; or, persons who served in an active duty capacity in the armed forces of the United States since August 2, 1990, including members of the national guard and reserve components who were honorably released from active duty (other than  active duty for training). Service must have included completion of basic training. Spouses of disabled Veterans, and Widows or Widowers of Veterans are also eligible.

Persons who take a civil service examination before being honorably discharged or released from active duty will not be entitled to receive an additional ten points added to that test score.

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Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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State Retirement: Honorably discharged Veterans employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a period of at least three years may be eligible to purchase credit for active duty military time. However, the Veteran must meet certain conditions:

  • Veteran must have an Armed Forces discharge that is not characterized as other than an undesirable, bad conduct or dishonorable discharge,
  • Must not have received credit for the same military service in the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System.
  • Must not have received, be receiving or be entitled to receive, now or in the future, benefits for such service under a retirement system administered and wholly or partially paid for by any other governmental agency or by any private employer or a retirement program approved by the employer. However, a member who is or will be receiving a federal pension under Title 10, Chapter 1223, Sections 12731-12737 of the United States Code may purchase active military credit if the member is otherwise eligible to do so.

Contact a State Employees' Retirement System (SERS) Counselor to determine your eligibility. If you call the SERS toll-free number (1-800-633-5461) from a location in Pennsylvania, you will be automatically connected to the Retirement Counseling Center serving the county from which you are calling.

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Employment Assistance for Teacher: Service members have the right to time off from their teaching job for military service, under both State and Federal Law.

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 Unemployment Compensation:  

Veterans Employment Assistance at PA CareerLink®: Veterans Employment Representatives at all Pennsylvania CareerLink offices provides a full range of employment services to assist Veterans in their search for work. Specially trained Veteran employment representatives located in PA CareerLink® offices provide Veterans with a full range of employment services, including referral services, job development, referral to training, and referral to government and community Veteran service agencies. These representatives' help Veterans match their job skills to employer job openings and contact employers on behalf of the Veteran for consideration in hiring.

The program places special emphasis on helping disabled Veterans secure employment opportunities. Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists are located at the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Veterans Administration Regional Offices to expedite the placement of Veterans who have completed training under the VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program.

Special attention is also given to those Veterans who are leaving the military. The Transition Assistance Programs (TAP) located at Carlisle Barracks, is designed to assist these Veterans with preparing to enter the labor market.

For assistance, visit PA CareerLink or call 866-858-2753.
Eligibility:
Any Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.   

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Unemployment Compensation: Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), providing temporary assistance to unemployed Pennsylvania workers. Unemployment Compensation (UC) is money paid to people who have lost a job through no fault of their own. It is temporary income meant to help make ends meet while people look for a job.

UCX is a federal program (5 U.S.C. 8521 et seq.) that governs the payment of Unemployment Compensation (UC) to former members of the Armed Forces who fulfill the eligibility requirements of State and Federal law.

The federal requirements which you must meet to allow your military wages to be assigned to Pennsylvania to establish UCX financial entitlement are as follows:

  • Have had active federal military service;
  • Have been discharged or released under honorable conditions;
  • If an officer, have not resigned for the good of the service;
  • Have completed the first full term of active service initially agreed upon at enlistment, or if not, were released: (1) for the convenience of the government under an early release program; (2) because of medical disqualification, pregnancy, parenthood, or service - incurred injury or disability; (3) for hardship; or (4) for personality disorders or ineptitude, if served at least 365 continuous days;
  • As a reservist or National Guard member, must have been on continuous active military duty for 90 days or more;
  • Be physically present in Pennsylvania when filing an initial claim.

Note: Former Service members are not eligible for UCX benefits while receiving a subsistence allowance for certain vocational rehabilitation training, or an educational assistance allowance or special training allowance under the War Orphan's Educational Assistance Act (38 U.S.C. 1700 et seq.).

You must mail or fax a copy of your DD Form 214 Member 4, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or NOAA Form 56-16, Report of Transfer or Discharge when submitting an initial application for UCX, or present it when applying in person. Do not send your original forms.)

Federal Programs Unit - Room 604
Labor & Industry Bldg.
651 Boas St.
Harrisburg, PA 17121-0044
Fax: 717-772-0378

Your weekly benefit rate as set forth on your Notice of Financial Determination will depend upon your pay grade at the time of your separation from the military. These pay grades are provided to the department and updated annually by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Filing an Initial Claim: Unemployed workers may file their applications or reopen their existing claims for UC benefits by the following methods:

  • Online: An online application can be filed using our secure website 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • Telephone: Call the statewide unemployment compensation toll-free number at 1-888-313-7284 (TTY services for the deaf and hard of hearing 1-888-334-4046).
  • Paper Form: A paper application can be downloaded and mailed or faxed to a UC service center.  
  • Videophone service: For individuals who use American Sign Language (ASL) videophone service is available every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. at 717-704-8474.
    *Sign language is the ONLY means of communication provided through the Videophone.

To file an application for benefits, you will need the following:

  • Your Social Security number (Information about privacy and your Social Security Number is available here.);
  • Your PA driver's license number (if you have one);
  • Your alien registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen);
  • Name and address of employer(s);
  • Your Employer Information Form (if you have one);
  • Your mailing address;
  • Dates of employment and reasons for leaving;
  • Your most recent pay stub (optional, but helpful);
  • Your PIN (if you have one).
  • For Service members your DD 214

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 Department of Transportation Benefits:

'Veteran' Designation for Driver License: Pennsylvania allows for the issuance of a Driver's License or Identification Card clearly indicating that the bearer is a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces. This is being accomplished by adding a Veterans Designation directly to the bearer's Driver's License or Identification Card. Once the Veterans Designation has been added to your license or ID, it will automatically appear each time your license or ID is renewed. There is no fee for the Veterans Designation; however qualified applicants must pay any initial issuance; renewal or duplicate Driver's License or ID fees.
Eligibility: Qualified applicants for a Veterans Designation on their Driver's License or Identification Card include those who have received a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty/DD214 or equivalent for service in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component or the National Guard. NOTE: Please check with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for specific eligibility requirements by clicking the Designation Information Flyer prior to submitting your request to add the Veterans Designation to your driver's license or identification card.

*Note: The Veterans Designation does not entitle a Veteran to any special consideration or discount but rather identifies the bearer as a Veteran who honorably served their Nation and the Commonwealth. Any other recognition such as a discount, free meal or other token of appreciation is completely and solely determined by the organization, business or entity providing a service. Also, Commercial Driver's (CDL) are not eligible to add the Veterans Designation at this time.

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Parking Placard for Disabled Veterans: No fee will be charged to a 100% service connected disabled Veteran who desires a parking placard designating the vehicle in which it is displayed as being used for transportation of a disabled Veteran. Any vehicle displaying a disabled Veteran parking placard will qualify for parking in areas designated for use by handicapped persons.
Eligibility:
A Veteran having a disability certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs as 100% service-connected. The placard is issued for use in any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of not more than 10,000 pounds which is being operated exclusively by or for the benefit of a person with disability and may only be used when those persons are actually being transported in the vehicle.

To apply for this parking placard, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs must accompany Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Form MV-145A explaining the nature and percentage of such disability.
Applications for any of the special license plates/parking placard can be obtained from any County Director of Veterans Affairs office, any state Office of the Deputy Adjutant General-Veterans Affairs or by calling the Department of Transportation at 717-787-3130 or 800-932-4600.

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Military License Plates: The following table lists all currently available military license plates for Army active-duty, Reserve, National Guard, separated, or retired Service members:

 

Medal of Honor License Plate

This plate has 13 white stars and white lettering on a light blue background. Recipients of the Medal of Honor are entitled to receive this plate. Requests for this registration plate must be submitted through the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, Bureau of Veterans Affairs Office, Bldg S-0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003.

Purple Heart

This license plate features the standard registration plate colors of blue, white, and yellow with a detailed color image of the Purple Heart medal in a 3" x 3" canvas area on the left side of the plate. The word "Pennsylvania" appears across the top and the words "Combat Wounded Veteran" appear on the bottom of the plate. Applicants must submit a legible photocopy of one of the following, clearly indicating that a Purple Heart was awarded: A copy of the general order, a copy of the Certificate of Award or a certification of the award from the Veterans' Administration. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150. Requires an $11.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Ex-Prisoner of War

This plate has red and blue lettering on a white background. Applicants must provide a Certificate of Imprisonment from the appropriate branch of the armed forces or from the Veterans' Administration. The documentation must indicate the dates of imprisonment while in the service of the armed forces of the United States. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150. Requires an $11.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration

Pearl Harbor Survivor

This plate has red and blue lettering on a white background. Applicants must submit a legible photocopy of one of the following, which indicates the applicant was present at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941: A copy of the verification made by the U.S. service unit from the appropriate branch of the armed forces in which the applicant served or For non-military applicants, documentation from the U.S. Civil Service Commission such as an I.D. card or other written verification. NOTE: Members of a Pearl Harbor Survivors Organization may have the organization verify their qualification in Section C on Form MV-150PH in lieu of a copy of documents above. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

World War II Veteran

This plate has red and blue lettering on a white background. Applicants must submit a legible, certified copy of Form DD214, separation papers or discharge papers, which indicates service any time during the period of December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150V. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration

Korean War Veteran

This plate has red and blue lettering on a white background. Applicants must submit a legible photocopy of one of the following, which indicates the applicant served in Korea any time during the period of June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955: A copy of the Korean Service Medal Award or a Statement of Service in Korea during the period of time listed above from the Records Center at Department of Army, National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63132. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150V. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Vietnam War Veteran

This plate has red and blue lettering on a white background. Applicants must submit a legible, certified copy of Form DD214, separation papers or discharge papers, which indicates one of the following medals was awarded for service in Vietnam and contiguous waters or airspace there over: A copy of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal if applicant served in Vietnam between July 1, 1958, and July 3, 1965 or a copy of the Vietnam Service Medal if applicant served in Vietnam between July 3, 1965, and March 28, 1973. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150V. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Persian Gulf War Veteran

This plate has red and blue lettering on a white background. Applicants must submit a legible photocopy of the following, which indicates service between August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995, in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations: A copy of the Southwest Asia Service Medal Award and when the applicant is currently on active duty, a statement of service from the applicant's commanding officer verifying duty in the Southwest Asia Theater. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150V. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Expeditionary Forces

This plate has red and blue lettering on a white background. Applicants must submit a legible, certified copy of Form DD214, which indicates that a Naval or Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, a Kosovo Campaign Medal, or a Global War on Terrorism Expedition medal was awarded. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Veteran Motorcycle License Plate

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white, and yellow. This plate is only available for motorcycles. Applicants must submit a legible certified copy of one of the following: Form DD214, Separation Papers, or Discharge Papers which indicate honorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the U.S. or a reserve component of the armed forces. NOTE: National Guard Reservists will need to submit Form NG22B. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150V. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white, and yellow and the Iraqi Campaign Medal. Applicant must submit a legible certified copy of Form DD214, indicating Operation Iraqi Freedom service or an Iraqi Campaign Medal was awarded. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Operation Enduring Freedom

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white, and yellow and the Afghanistan Campaign medal. Applicant must submit a legible certified copy of Form DD214, indicating Operation Enduring Freedom service or an Afghanistan Campaign medal was awarded. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Veteran

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white, and yellow and a waving American flag. Applicant must submit a legible certified copy of Form DD214, Separation Papers, or Discharge Papers which indicate honorable discharge from the Armed Forces. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150V. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Korean Defense Service

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white, and yellow and the Korean Defense Service medal. Applicant must submit a legible certified copy of Form DD214, indicating the Korean Defense Service medal was applied for and issued. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

U.S. Army Veteran

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white, and yellow, and the service-approved emblem. Applicant must submit a legible certified copy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers, or Discharge Papers," which indicates honorable discharge from the Armed Forces. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150V. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Bronze Star

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white and yellow, and an image of the Bronze Star Medal. Applicants must submit a legible certified copy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers or Discharge Papers," indicating the Bronze Star Medal was awarded. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Silver Star

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white and yellow, and an image of the Silver Star Medal. Applicants must submit a legible certified copy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers or Discharge Papers," indicating the Silver Star Medal was awarded. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150. Requires a $10.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Bronze Star for Valor

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white and yellow, and an image of the Bronze Star for Valor Medal. Applicants must submit a legible certified copy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers or Discharge Papers," indicating the Bronze Star for Valor Medal was awarded. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150. Requires a $10.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Distinguished Service Cross

This registration plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white and yellow, and an image of the Distinguished Service Cross Medal. Applicants must submit a legible photocopy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers or Discharge Papers," indicating the Distinguished Service Cross Medal was awarded. To apply for this registration plate, complete Form MV-150. These plates require a $10 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Distinguished Flying Cross

This registration plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white and yellow, and an image of the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal. Applicants must submit a legible photocopy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers or Discharge Papers," indicating the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal was awarded. To apply for this registration plate, complete Form MV-150. These plates require a $10 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Gold Star Family

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white, and yellow, which features a gold star in 3" x 3" canvas area on the left side of the plate. The word "Pennsylvania" appears across the top and the words "Gold Star Family" appear on the bottom of the plate. For more information and to apply for this plate, download Form MV-912.

Airborne Unit

This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white and yellow, and images of the Jump Wings and Glider Wings. Applicants must submit documentation that indicates the applicant satisfactorily completed the prescribed proficiency tests and are/were assigned or attached to an Airborne Unit, or any other military personnel determined by PennDOT to be appropriately classified as a member of a U.S. Military Airborne Parachutist or Glider Unit. NOTE: U.S. Military Airborne Units include Parachutist or Glider Units, Glider Troopers, Paratroopers, Air Assault Troopers, Rangers, U.S. Army Special Forces, USMC Recon, U.S. Navy Seals, U.S. Air Force Special Operations, Troop Carrier Command, including Glider Pilots and the 160th SOAR. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Combat Medical Badge

This registration plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white and yellow and an image of the Combat Medical Badge. Applicants must submit documentation from the Service Unit indicating eligibility for the requested Combat Medical Badge registration plate or a legible photocopy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers or Discharge Papers," indicating the Combat Medical Badge was awarded. To apply for this registration plate, complete Form MV-150C. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Combat Action Badge

This registration plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white and yellow and an image of the Combat Action Badge. Applicants must submit documentation from the Service Unit indicating eligibility for the requested Combat Action Badge registration plate or a legible photocopy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers or Discharge Papers," indicating the Combat Action Badge was awarded. To apply for this registration plate, complete Form MV-150C. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Combat Infantryman Badge

This registration plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white and yellow and an image of the Combat Infantryman Badge. Applicants must submit documentation from the Service Unit indicating eligibility for the requested Combat Infantryman Badge registration plate or a legible photocopy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers or Discharge Papers," indicating the Combat Infantryman Badge was awarded. To apply for this registration plate, complete Form MV-150C. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Honoring Our Veterans

The Honoring Our Veterans plate became available on November 26, 2012. Fifteen dollars from every "Honoring Our Veterans" plate sold will benefit the Veterans Trust Fund. To apply for license plate, please complete Form MV-914, "Application for Honoring Our Veterans License Plate". Requires a $35.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

Disabled Veteran License Plate

Disabled Veterans who have a total or are permanently total disability rating and an honorable discharge from the military service are entitled to Disabled Veteran license plates for use on private passenger vehicles. Disabled Veteran License Plates requires 100% service-connected disability certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In order to qualify for the free yearly registration, the applicant must have a 100% service- connected disability certified by the U.S. Veteran's Administration or service unit. Applicants must complete Form MV145. There is an $11.00 fee for the plate provided the vehicle has a current registration.

National Guard License Plate

Current and former members of the National Guard are eligible for a special plate showing NATIONAL GUARD at the bottom. Service members may apply for a license plate through their respective unit's Readiness NCO or Unit Commander.

Army Reserve License Plate

Current and former members of the Army Reserve are eligible for a special plate showing Army Reserve at the bottom. Service members may apply for a license plate through their respective unit's Readiness NCO or Unit Commander.

 

For the U.S. Military Veterans Registration plate fact sheet please click here.

For all Pennsylvania Department of Transportation forms click please here.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:   

Medical Benefits: Hospital and medical treatment provided for injury or disease.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

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Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders
  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Worker's Compensation: Same as State employees.
Eligibility:
National Guard Service member on State active duty.

Group Insurance: The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations is proud to offer affordable life insurance through the State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) Program to all members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

State Sponsored Life Insurance is a program that provides group term life insurance exclusively for National Guard members and their dependents. The program is derived from United States Public Law 93-289, May 24, 1974, enacted "to encourage persons to join and remain in the National Guard."

The program features include:

  • $1,000 no cost life insurance coverage on all active Soldiers and Airmen
  • $10,000 to $260,000 additional coverage available for Soldiers and Airmen
  • $5,000 to $155,000 available for Spouses
  • $5,000 to $35,000 available for Children
  • Coverage continues until age 70
  • Provides an emergency death benefit up to $25,000 within 24 hours
  • Benefits remain the same and monthly costs does not change when you retire or separate from the National Guard
  • No war, aviation, or terrorism clauses
  • Protection is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and on or off duty
  • Monthly premiums are payroll deducted for your convenience
  • $40,000 scholarship fund available to a dependent when military member is insured for $100,000 of qualifying coverage and dies in a combat zone or due to an act of terrorism

For more information, please visit ssli.org or call 800-462-7441.

Eligibility: National Guard Service member and eligible dependents

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Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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Injury/Death Benefits: Provides for a lump sum of $129,723.94 and a monthly supplementary income benefit equal to the monthly salary of the paid National Guard member killed in the line-of-duty, adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index. The benefit is payable to the decedent's surviving Spouse, or minor Children under the age of 18 if no surviving Spouse. If the Children are attending college, they may receive the benefit up to age 23. If there are no surviving Spouse or eligible Children the lump sum will be paid to the surviving parent or parents.  For a checklist of required documents please click here. (PA Act 51 of 2009)
Eligibility: Death which occurs while serving on State Active Duty, or in the case of heart attack or stroke within 24 hours of a physical training event or responding to an emergency is presumed to have died as a result of the performance of their duties.

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Extension of Benefits During Military Duty: Whenever a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard is called or ordered into active Federal service or active State duty under orders authorized by law or a member of any reserve component is called or ordered onto active duty, other than active duty for training, the public or private employer of the member shall, at no cost to the member, continue health insurance and other benefits in effect for at least the first 30 days of the military duty.

After the expiration of the first 30 days, the public or private employer shall give the member of the National Guard or other reserve component the voluntary option of continuing such health insurance and other benefits in effect at his own expense by paying for the insurance or benefits at the same rates paid by the employer, and the insurance coverage shall continue, except for injuries incurred in the line of military duty.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Fishing License for Disabled Veterans: Free fishing licenses can be obtained from county treasurers (listed within Issuing Agents), the Fish and Boat Commission's Harrisburg office or the six regional law enforcement offices (locations on PFBC Directory page).
Eligibility:
To qualify for a free fishing license, an applicant must:

  • Be a bona fide resident of Pennsylvania; and qualify one of the following:
  • Have disability incurred in war or armed conflict consisting of
    • a loss of one or more limbs;
    • loss of use of one or more limbs; or
    • total blindness; OR
  • Be 100% disabled as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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Exemption from Fishing License Requirement: Certain active duty military personnel are exempt from Pennsylvania's fishing license requirement.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the military waiver, an angler must:

  • be a bona fide Pennsylvania resident
  • be on active duty
  • be stationed outside Pennsylvania, and
  • be here on authorized leave.

While in the act of fishing, the military personnel must carry proof of each of these requirements, such as a Pennsylvania driver's license, a military ID, and valid military orders showing the place of assignment and leave status. Under the law, a qualifying Service member does not receive a free Pennsylvania fishing license. Instead, eligible active duty military personnel can legally fish without a license under the limited circumstances outlined in the law.

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Resident Fishing Privileges for Non-resident Active Duty Stationed in PA: Non-resident military personnel are required to purchase a fishing license. Those who are stationed in Pennsylvania under permanent change of station orders (PCS) of duration of 6 months or more or who produce documentation proving same qualify for a resident fishing license. All others must obtain a non-resident or tourist license.

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Free Resident Disabled Veteran Licenses (Hunting and Furtaker): (Issued by County Treasurers only.) This license is available to Pennsylvania resident disabled Veterans of any war or armed conflict whose disability consists of the loss of one or more limbs, or the loss of the use of one or more limbs or who presents a physician's certificate of total or 100% disability. This disability must be directly related to injuries incurred while on active duty during a war or armed conflict. Applicants must produce disability certification issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs stating that their disability is 100%.
Eligibility: Under Veterans Administration regulations, total disability ratings for compensation may be assigned where the injury rating is less than total, when the disabled Veteran is unable to secure or follow a gainful occupation as a result of service-connected disabilities. In such cases the Veteran should have documentation that he is receiving 100% or total compensation. Since the U.S. Government has assigned a total disability rating for compensation for such a Veteran, the Game Commission will recognize the Veteran as a 100% disabled Veteran who qualifies for a free hunting license with proper documentation.

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Resident Disabled Veteran (DV) Lifetime Renewal Hunting License: (No Charge) Issued to Resident DV Lifetime Hunting license holders to renew their DV lifetime hunting license for the current year. DV lifetime hunting license holders renewing for the first time through PALS must provide their social security number (one time only) and their valid PA Driver's License or some other form of positive ID showing their current address. ID cards are no longer issued or required since PALS accesses the resident DV lifetime license database to verify privileges the individual has on file.

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Reduced-Fee Resident Military Personnel Hunting Licenses: These reduced-fee ($2.70) general hunting licenses are available to qualified residents on active and full-time in the U.S. Armed Forces. To qualify, applicants must be currently assigned to a facility outside of this Commonwealth and list Pennsylvania as their home of record, and on temporary leave here. This license is available through only County Treasurers and Game Commission offices (not on-line). Applicants must provide documentation of military status, leave, and residency.

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Reduced-Fee Resident PA National Guard or Resident Reserves Hunting Licenses: These reduced-fee ($2.70) general hunting licenses are available to qualified residents that, within the previous 24 months, were deployed overseas for a period of 60 consecutive days or more or were released early from such service because of an injury or disease incurred in the line of duty. Only one reduced-fee license may be issued for each qualifying deployment. Applicants must provide a valid military ID card, individual or unit orders showing the return date from overseas and proof of residency/home of record. This license is available through only county Treasurers and Game Commission offices (not online).

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Reduced-Fee Prisoner of War (POW) Hunting Licenses: These reduced-fee ($2.70) general hunting licenses are available to qualified residents that were imprisoned by enemy forces while in the service of the armed forces of the United States as certified by the appropriate branch of the armed forces of the United States. Applicants must provide a copy of their orders showing the award of the Prisoner of War Medal or a DD 214 stating prisoner of war status, and proof of residency. This license is available through only County Treasurers and Game Commission offices (not online).

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Armed Forces (AF) Antlerless Deer Licenses: ($6.70) These licenses are issued by County Treasurers to eligible resident U.S. Armed Forces or resident U.S. Coast Guard personnel. Qualified applicants may apply to any County Treasurer for the WMU in which they desire to hunt. To qualify, applicants must be full-time active duty or within sixty (60) days of their honorable discharge. Applicants are not required to be stationed outside of Pennsylvania. Immediate Family members of qualified applicants and individuals serving in the Reserves or National Guard are not eligible for this license. If a resident applicant who normally serves in the Reserves or National Guard is called to serve in a Federal full-time active duty (generally referred to as Title 10) status prior to applying, this person could qualify for the license

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Disabled Veteran (DV) Antlerless Deer Licenses: ($6.70) Eligible resident disabled war Veterans as described as having:

  1. The loss of one or more limbs
  2. The loss of use of one or more limbs
  3. Veterans Affairs certification of 100% physical disability or documentation that the Veteran is receiving 100% or total compensation*.

To apply go to any County Treasurer for the Wild Life Management Unit (WMU) in which they desire to hunt. If the qualified Veteran cannot apply in person, he or she should mail their antlerless deer license application, remittance and supporting documents (Veterans Administration form letter) directly to the County Treasurer in a plain envelope marked "Disabled Veteran Antlerless Application." Applicants who apply by mail must include a self-addressed stamped return envelope.

An applicant may obtain only one guaranteed DV antlerless deer license. This license may be issued at any time. Applicants who receive the Reduced DV Hunting license do not qualify for the DV Antlerless Deer License.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Veterans Temporary Assistance: The Veterans' Temporary Assistance Program provides financial aid in an emergency and temporary basis to Veterans and their beneficiaries who reside in Pennsylvania for the necessities of life (food, dairy, shelter, fuel and clothing). If eligible, a Veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for an amount not to exceed $1,600 in a twelve-month period.
Eligibility: Applicant must be a bona fide resident of Pennsylvania, who served in the U.S. Armed Forces or their unmarried surviving Spouse, who:

  • Was discharged under honorable conditions after a period of active duty or other than active duty for training, as evidenced by a DD214 or other documentation, OR
  • Died in service or was killed in action, OR
  • Suffered a service-connected disability as certified by Veterans' Affairs.

In addition to the above, the applicant must also prove the following:

  • Financial circumstances temporarily resulting in insufficient funds to pay for shelter and necessities of living for the Veteran and Family, when:
    • A Veteran is temporarily unable to provide the necessities of living and has a direct and immediate need for assistance.  The assistance must be essential and not for the relief of an inconvenience, or the purchase of goods or services other than necessities of living, and,
    • Caused by temporary loss of income, assets or support due to sickness, disability, unemployment, natural or manmade disaster or other cause beyond the control of, and not as a result of, misconduct by the applicant or,
    • Caused by a temporary increase in costs or expenses beyond the control of, and not as a result of misconduct by, the applicant resulting in insufficient funds to pay for necessities of living.
  • They are eligible Veterans or unmarried surviving Spouses of deceased eligible Veterans.
  • They are bona fide residents of Pennsylvania who permanently reside in this Commonwealth and who maintain a legal residence in no other state for any purpose.
  • They are not receiving sufficient monetary assistance from any state or federal agency based on the need for temporary assistance described in the application.
  • Applicants may be receiving food stamps and still qualify for temporary assistance under these guidelines.
  • Applicants must show that other funds or resources are not available to address the need for temporary assistance.
  • They demonstrate a clear and present direct and immediate need for temporary assistance in order to provide themselves and their Families with shelter and the necessities of living.

*Note: The Veterans' Temporary Assistance Program replaced the Veterans' Emergency Assistance Program, which ceased accepting applications July 16, 2014. No applicant shall receive assistance from both programs for the same month.

To apply for this program or for more information, applicants are asked to contact the County Veterans' Affairs Director in the county which they reside.

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Blind Veterans Pension: Provides eligible blind Veterans a pension of $150.00 per month.
Eligibility:

  • Served in the military honorably.
  • Resident of Pennsylvania upon entering the military.
  • Suffered a service-connected injury or incurred a disease which resulted in loss of vision:
    • Visual acuity with correcting lens is 3/60 or 10/200 or equivalent, or less normal vision in the better eye or,
    • Includes circumstances where the widest diameter of the visual field of the better eye has contracted to an angular distance of not greater than 20º.

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Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans' Pension: Provides eligible amputee and paralyzed Veterans a pension of $150.00 per month.
Eligibility:

  • Served in the military honorably.
  • Resident of Pennsylvania upon entering the military.
  • Suffered a service-connected injury or disease resulting in the loss or loss of use of two or more extremities (arms/hands or legs/feet).
  • At least a 40% disability compensation rating (or higher) in each limb as determined and certified by Veterans' Affairs.

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Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans' Bonus Program: Eligible Pennsylvania Veterans of the Persian Gulf Conflict will receive $75 per month for each month (or major fraction) of active service in the Persian Gulf Conflict Theater up to a maximum of $525. Five thousand dollars ($5,000) will be paid on behalf of Veterans who died in active service in the Persian Gulf Theater or as a result of service-connected wounds, diseases, or injuries sustained during active service in the Persian Gulf Theater. In addition, $5,000 will be paid to Persian Gulf Conflict prisoners of war.
Eligibility: The program allows for compensation to be paid to eligible Service members (current and former) as well as certain surviving relatives of deceased Veterans. In each case, the Service member/Veteran must have:

  • Served with the United States Armed Forces, a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.
  • Served on active duty service in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1991.
  • Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal (SWAM) for the period from August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1991.
  • Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1991.
  • Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.

Eligible beneficiaries of deceased Veterans include, in the following order of precedence:

  • Surviving Spouse (Marriage certificate required as proof).
  • Surviving Children.(Birth certificate required for each surviving Child)
  • Surviving Parents. (Birth certificate for the deceased Veteran, naming the applicant as a parent, or proof of guardianship or adoption is required.)

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Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP): This program provides financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible Pennsylvania military Service members and their Families. The amount of a grant is based on documented financial need up to a maximum of $3,500. Examples of such financial need include:

  • A sudden or unexpected loss of income, real or personal property, assets, or support directly related to military service, or exigent circumstances affecting the Service member.
  • Emergency need for Child care for which the applicant lacks financial resources.
  • Natural or man-made disasters resulting in a need for food, shelter, or other necessities.
  • The death or critical illness of a parent, Spouse, sibling, or Child resulting in immediate need for travel, lodging, or subsistence for which the applicant lacks financial resources.

Eligibility: The program applies to Pennsylvania residents who:

  • Are serving on 30 or more consecutive days of active duty with the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard or Reserve Components of the Armed Forces.
  • Are serving on 30 or more consecutive days of active duty with the active armed forces.
  • Are serving on 30 or more consecutive days of state active duty for emergencies or duty under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact in the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard.
  • Are members in good standing the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard or Reserve Component for a period of three years after completion of a qualifying tour of active duty of 30 or more consecutive days, when the financial need is directly related to the member's active duty period.
  • Are former members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserve Components and the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard for a period of four years after medical discharge for medical disability incurred in line of duty while serving on a qualifying tour of active duty of 30 or more consecutive days when the financial need is directly related to the former member's Service, to exigent circumstances beyond the eligible members control or the disability incurred in the line of duty of the military Service.
  • Are eligible relatives of qualified eligible Service members in limited circumstances.

*Note: Service members serving in OCONUS locations must seek assistance through military channels for emergency travel prior to submitting for assistance from PA MFRAP. A statement from the Service member's command (LTC or higher) that such assistance is not available, and why, will be required with each application.

Please refer to the FAQ page, guidelines, or the application for more information.

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Burial Allowance: County burial allowances are provided whether or not the person died in the county or was buried in the county.
Eligibility:
Veterans and Spouses of deceased Veterans as indicated in the County Code. Application for the burial allowance must be made within one year after the date of his or her death.

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Grave Markers: A county grave marker is provided free of charge by the county. Future replacements, deteriorated or missing markers may be replaced by the county in which the Veteran is buried.
Eligibility: Deceased Veterans as indicated in the County Code. The deceased Service person must have legal residence at the time of death, whether or not the Veteran died in the county or was buried in the county.

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Government/Private Headstones: County headstone allowances are provided. The one-time expense shall be borne by the county. There is no time limit to apply for this benefit.
Eligibility: Qualified Veterans as indicated in the County Code. A Veteran having legal residence at the time of death, whether or not the Veteran died in the county or was buried in the county.

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Jury Duty: Exempt or excused from jury duty.
Eligibility:
A member of the Armed Forces serving on active service.

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Exempt from Arrest: Exempt from arrest going to, at, or returning from military duty (except for treason or felony).
Eligibility:
A National Guard Service member on state active duty.

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Discharge Certificates: Honorable discharges (Forms DD214 & DD215) are recorded free at the courthouse of the county seat. Each County has their own procedures, check with the Veterans Affairs office in your local court house for specifics.  Free certified copies are available for life and upon the Veteran's death.
Eligibility: A Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.

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Exemption from Civil Process: No civil process shall issue or be enforced against any officer or enlisted person of the Pennsylvania National Guard in the active service of the Commonwealth during so much of the term as he shall be engaged in active service under orders nor until 30 days after he shall have been relieved therefrom.
Eligibility: A National Guard Service member on state active duty.

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Marriage/Divorce Records: Certified copies of marriage and divorce records may be recorded at the county court in which you were married or divorced, and are issued without cost as long as the request is requested through the Veterans Affairs office in the county court, to disabled wartime Veterans, or members of the armed forces, of any war or armed conflict in which the United States has been, is now or shall be hereafter engaged, or by or on behalf of any dependent of any such Veteran or member of the armed forces. Go to the Learn More link to select the appropriate county for your request.

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Pennsylvania Veteran Service Officers (VSO): The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs works with its partners to ensure advocacy for all Pennsylvania Veterans. The Veteran Service Officer support system consists of United States Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Representatives hosted by Veteran Service Organizations, County, and State government. Most representatives are recognized by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary for preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the USDVA.
Seeking benefits from the USDVA without proper representation can be difficult to say the least. Understanding the complex rules, laws, and evidence requirements can be very technical and confusing. We strongly recommend that no Veteran attempt to navigate this system without proper representation and assistance of an accredited representative or organization. Veteran Service Officers serve as the Veterans' assigned representative at no cost to the Veteran. They help identify what evidence is required in the claim process. They monitor the process of the claim through the adjudication process and intercede on the Veteran's behalf if problems arise. They review decisions made by the USDVA to ensure Veterans receive the full benefits for which entitled. For a listing of Pennsylvania VSO organizations click the learn more tab below.

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State Veteran Homes: Pennsylvania offers its Veterans six extended care facilities throughout the state.  The level of care provided includes personal care, skilled nursing care, domiciliary care, and dementia care.  These facilities offer qualified Veterans and their Spouses dedicated, superior care.

Applications are processed on a "first come, first served" basis for Veterans and can be downloaded as an Application for Admission. For more information contact the County Director of Veterans Affairs or any one of the state homes:
Philadelphia:  Delaware Valley Veterans Home
Hollidaysburg:  Hollidaysburg Veterans Home
Erie:  Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home
Spring City:  Southeastern Veterans Center
Scranton:  Gino J. Merli Veterans Center
Pittsburgh:  Southwestern Veterans Center
Eligibility:
The Veterans must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States or Pennsylvania military forces, released from service under honorable conditions. The Veteran must be a bona fide resident of the Commonwealth when applying. Spouses and surviving Spouses of eligible Veterans may also apply.

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Pennsylvania:

 Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Pittsburgh: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University Drive Campus, University Dr, 412-822-2222 / 866-482-7488, H.J. Heinz Campus, 1010 Delafield Rd, 412-822-2222 / 866-482-7488, Park & Shuttle at VA Highland, 7180 Highland Dr, 412-822-222 / 866-482-7488   

VA Medical Centers
Altoona: Altoona - James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center , 2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd, 877-626-2500
Butler: VA Butler Medical Center, 325 New Castle Rd, 800-362-8262
Coatesville: Coatesville VA Medical Center, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd, 610-384-7711 / 800-290-6172
Erie: Erie VA Medical Center, 135 East 38th St Blvd, 814-868-8661 / 800-274-8387
Lebanon: Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 South Lincoln Ave, 717-272-6621 / 800-409-8771
Philadelphia: Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC, 3900 Woodland Ave, 215-823-5800 / 800-949-1001
Pittsburgh: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, H.J. Heinz Campus, 1010 Delafield Rd, 412-822-2222 / 866-482-7488
Pittsburgh: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University Drive Division, University Dr,
412-822-2222 / 866-482-7488
Wilkes-Barre: Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, 1111 East End Blvd, 570-824-3521 / 877-928-2621

Community Service Programs
Philadelphia: Philadelphia MultiService Center (Philadelphia County), 213-217 North 4th St, 215-923-1163

Community-Based Outpatient Clinics
Allentown: Allentown VA Outpatient Clinic (693B4), 3110 Hamilton Blvd, 610-776-4304 / Fax: 610-776-4407
Bangor: Northampton County Outpatient Clinic, Phoebe Slate Belt Nursing Home & Rehab Center, 701 Slate Belt Blvd, 610-599-0127
Berwick: Columbia County Outpatient Clinic, Alley Medical Center, 301 West Third St, 570-759-0351
Bradford: McKean County Primary Care Clinic, 23 Kennedy St, 814-368-3019 / Fax: 814-368-4969
Camp Hill: Camp Hill VA Outpatient Clinic (595GA), 25 N. 32nd St, 717-730-9782
Coudersport: Coudersport, 24 Maple View Ln, Ste 2, 607-664-4670 / Fax: 585-330-5720
Cranberry Township: Cranberry Township VA Outpatient Clinic, 900 Commonwealth Dr, St 900, 724-742-3500 or 741-3131 / Fax: 724-741-3122
DuBois: DuBois (Clearfield County) VA Outpatient Clinic (503GB), 5690 Shaffer Rd, 877-626-2500
Frackville: Frackville VA Outpatient Clinic (595GB), 10 East Spruce St, 570-874-4289
Franklin: Venango County VA Clinic, 464 Allegheny Blvd, 866-962-3260 / Fax: 814-437-9020
Greensburg: Westmoreland County Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 5274 Rt 30 East, Ste 10, 724-216-0317 / Fax: 724-837-0271
Hermitage: Mercer County VA Outpatient Clinic, 295 N. Kerrwood Dr, St 110, 724-346-1569
Honesdale: Wayne County Outpatient Clinic, 600 Maple Ave
Horsham: Victor J. Saracini VA Outpatient Clinic (Montgomery County), 433 Caredean Dr, 215-823-6050 / Fax: 215-823-4425
Indiana: Indiana VA Outpatient Clinic, 1570 Oakland Ave, 724-349-8900 / Fax: 724-349-8908
Johnstown: Johnston Veterans' Outpatient Clinic, 598 Galleria Dr, 877-626-2500
Kittanning: Armstrong County VA Outpatient Clinic, 11 Hilltop Plaza, 724-545-8420 / Fax: 724-545-7426
Lancaster: Lancaster VA Outpatient Clinic (595GC), 1861 Charter Ln, Green Field Corporate Center, Ste 120, 717-290-6900
Mapleton Depot: Huntingdon County CBOC, 13903 William Penn Highway, 814-542-2800 / Fax: 814-542-2886
Meadville: Crawford County Primary Care Clinic, 16954 Conneaut Lake Rd, 866-962-3210 / Fax: 814-336-4255
Monaca: Beaver County Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 90 Wagner Rd, 724-709-6005 / Fax: 724-774-3169
Monroe Township: Clarion County VA Outpatient Clinic, 56 Clarion Plaza, Suite 115, 814-226-3900 / Fax: 814-226-4073
New Castle: Lawrence County VA Outpatient Clinic, Ridgewood Professional Centre, 1750 New Butler Rd, 724-598-6080
Pottsville: Pottsville VA Outpatient Clinic (595GF), 700 East Schuylkill Manor Rd, Ste 6, 570-621-4115
Sayre: Sayre VA Outpatient Clinic (693GA), 1537 Elmira St, 570-888-6803 / Fax: 570-888-2025
Spring City: Spring City VA Outpatient Clinic (542GE), 11 Independence Dr, 610-383-0239 / Fax: 610-948-1464
Springfield: Springfield VA Outpatient Clinic (542GA), Crozer Keystone Healthplex, 194 W. Sproul Rd, Ste 105, 610-383-0239 / Fax: 610-543-1738
State College: State College VA Outpatient Clinic (503GC), 2581 Clyde Ave, 877-626-2500 / Fax: 814-940-6517
Tobyhanna: Tobyhanna Army Depot (693GC), Bldg 220, 570-615-8341 / Fax; 570-615-8345
Uniontown: Fayette County Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 635 Pittsburgh Rd, 724-439-4990 / Fax: 724-439-4155
Warren: Warren Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 3 Farm Colony Dr, 866-682-3250 / Fax: 814-723-3168
Washington: Washington County Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 1500 West Chestnut St, 724-250-7790 / Fax: 724-250-7568
Williamsport: Williamsport OPC, Campus of Divine Providence Hospital (693GB), 1705 Warren Ave, Werner Building - 3rd Fl (Suite 304), 570-322-4791 / Fax: 570-322-5170
Wyomissing: Reading VA Clinic, 2762 Century Blvd, 484-220-2572
York: York Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2251 Eastern Blvd, 717-840-2730

Vet Centers - 877-927-8387
Bristol: Bucks County Vet Center, 2 Canal's End Rd, Ste 201B, 215-823-4590 / Fax: 215-788-3717
DuBois: DuBois Vet Center, 100 Meadow Lane, Ste 8, 814-372-2095 / Fax: 814-940-6511
Erie: Erie Vet Center, 240 W 11th St, Erie Metro Center, Ste 105, 814-453-7955 / Fax: 814-456-5464
Harrisburg: Harrisburg Vet Center, 1500 N Second St, Ste 2, 717-782-3954 / Fax: 717-782-3791
Lancaster: Lancaster Vet Center, 1817 Olde Homestead Ln, Ste 207, 717-283-0735
McKeesport: McKeesport Vet Center, 2001 Lincoln Way, Ste 21, 412-678-7704 / Fax: 412-678-7780
Norristown: Montgomery County Vet Center, 320 E Johnson Hwy, Ste 201, 215-823-5245 / Fax: 610-272-2198
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Vet Center, 801 Arch St, Ste 502, 215-627-0238 / Fax: 215-597-6362
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Vet Center NE, 101 E. Olney Ave, Ste C-7, 215-924-4670 / Fax: 215-224-4105
Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Vet Center, 2500 Baldwick Rd, Ste 15, 412-920-1765 / Fax: 412-920-1769
Scranton: Scranton Vet Center, 1002 Pittston Ave, 570-344-2676 / Fax: 570-344-6794
Williamsport: Williamsport Vet Center, 49 E. Fourth St, Ste 104, 570-327-5281 / Fax: 570-322-4542

VISN
Pittsburgh: VISN 4: VA Healthcare - VISN 4, 323 North Shore Dr, Ste 400, 412-822-3316

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Regional Benefit Office, 1000 Liberty Ave, 800-827-1000
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Regional Benefit Office, 5000 Wissahickon Ave, 215-842-2000

National Cemetery Administration
Memorial Service Network
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Memorial Service Network, 5000 Wissahickon Ave, 215-381-3787 / Fax: 215-381-3444

National Cemetery
Annville: Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, RR #2, Box 484, Indiantown Gap Rd, 717-865-5254 / Fax: 717-865-5256
Bridgeville: National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Rd, 724-746-4363 / Fax: 724-746-4360
Carlisle: Ashland Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, 630 South Hanover Street,  717-865-5254 / Fax: 717-865-5256
Newtown: Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Rd, 215-504-5610 / Fax: 215-504-5611
Philadelphia: Philadelphia National Cemetery, Haines St & Limekiln Pike, 215-504-5610 / Fax: 215-504-5611
Philadelphia: Mount Moriah Cemetery Naval Lot, 62nd St and Kingsessing Ave, 215-504-5610 / Fax: 215-504-5611
Philadelphia: Mount Moriah Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, 62nd St and Kingsessing Ave, 215-504-5610 / Fax: 215-504-5611
Pittsburgh: Alleghany Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, 4734 Butler St, 724-746-4363 / Fax: 724-746-4360
York: Prospect Hill Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, 700 North George St, 717-865-5254 / Fax: 717-865-5256

Learn more  

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Address: Bldg S-0-47, FTIG, Annville, PA 17003
Phone: 1-800-547-2838
Fax: 717-861-8589
Email: RA-VA-Info@pa.gov
Website:  http://www.dmva.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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Military Installations in Pennsylvania

Please see the Pennsylvania Resource Locator for additional information.

 

Active Duty  

Army

Tobyhanna Army Depot

Letterkenny Army Depot

Carlisle Barracks

Fort Indiantown Gap

Navy

Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg

National Guard

Pennsylvania Army National Guard 

Pennsylvania Air National Guard  

  111th Attack Wing 

 171st Air Refueling Wing 

 193rd Special Operations Wing

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Resources

http://www.milvet.state.pa.us/DMVA/Docs_BVA/Publications/Veterans%20Affairs.PDF  

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/  

http://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs/Pages/default.aspx  

http://www.dmva.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx  

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-new-york-wyoming#PENNSYLVANIA  

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx  

http://www.dmv.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx/centers/MilitaryVeteranCenter.shtml  

http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/state.asp?State=PA&dnum=ALL  

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/pennsylvania.aspx

http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/menu.htm 

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Document Review Date: 28 April 2016