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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:

Retired Military Pay: As long as you retire from the military with either years of service or age, your retirement income is not taxable.

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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.

Differential Pay: Differential pay, the difference between military pay and regular wages when an employer compensates a Service member, is not subject to Pennsylvania personal income tax when Service members are 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.

Military SBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

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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: Any honorably discharged Veteran who is a resident of the Commonwealth and provided that as a result service during established war service dates as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veteran has a 100% service-connected disability rating by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; that such dwelling is owned by him solely or jointly with his Spouse (an estate by the entirety); and that the financial need for the exemption from the payment of real estate taxes has been determined by the State Veterans' Commission. . The State Veterans Commission is required by law to apply a rebuttable presumption that an applicant with annual income of $85,168.00 or less has a need for the exemption. Upon the death of the qualified Veteran, the exemption may pass on to the unmarried surviving Spouse if the financial need can be shown.

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Veterans Emergency Assistance: Provides financial aid in an emergency and temporary basis (not to exceed three months in a 12-month period) to Veterans and their beneficiaries who reside in Pennsylvania for the necessities of life (food, dairy, shelter, fuel and clothing).
Eligibility:

  • An honorable discharged Veteran.

  • 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.

  • Must be a Pennsylvania resident.

  • Unexpected loss of income within 180 days of application through no fault of the individual.

  • May not be on Public Assistance.

  • Must have a financial need.

  • Upon the recent death of a Veteran, their Spouse or orphaned Children are eligible provided the Veteran would have qualified prior to his/her death.

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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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Paralyzed Veterans' Pension: Provides eligible 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).

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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.

  • Surviving Children.

  • Surviving Parents.

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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

Upon proper application, the Board may 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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Scholarships for Military Children: This program was created to recognize the contributions of military Families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military Family community. Dependent unmarried Children under age 23 of active duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of Service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military, may apply for a scholarship.
Eligibility:
Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university. High school applicants must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis) to be eligible to apply. College applicants must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 basis) to be eligible to apply. Students attending a community or junior college must be enrolled in a program of studies designed to allow the student to transfer directly into a four-year program.  

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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.

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Educational Gratuity: Provides financial assistance to Children of honorably discharged Veterans who have service-connected disabilities and served during a 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.

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.

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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: You 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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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:
MG (R) Daniel O'Neill, Commissioner
Address: 193 Beechwood Rd, Honesdale, PA 18431
Email: danoneill@aol.com
Phone: 570-642-1071

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Employment Benefits:

Civil Service Preference: A Veteran receiving a passing score on a state Civil Service examination are given an additional 10 points on initial appointment only.
Eligibility: Honorably discharged Veterans (include but not be limited to: honorable discharge, general discharge, good discharge, satisfactory discharge, indifferent discharge or special order discharge); Widows or Widowers of Veterans and Spouses of disabled service-connected Veterans are also extended the same preference rating. For information contact the Civil Service Commission, P.O. Box 569, Harrisburg, PA 17108 or call (717) 787-6039 or TTY (717) 772-2685, or email at ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov .  

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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.

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Employment Assistance: State employee receives 15 days paid military leave per year.
Eligibility:
State employee on orders for Annual Training or active duty.

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Veterans Employment Assistance: Veterans Employment Representatives at all Pennsylvania CareerLink offices or participating agencies provide free job counseling, training referrals, and placement services to Veterans. Employment offices also assist Veterans by providing information about unemployment compensation, job marts, and on-the-job and apprenticeship opportunities. For assistance, contact your local CareerLink.
Eligibility
: A Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.  

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: 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.

To claim benefits, you need to have earned enough money during your "base year." The base year is the first four quarters of the last five completed quarters at the time your claim is filed. The money you made during your base year determines, in part, if you can collect UC and how much you can collect. And, you have to have been working at a job that's covered by Pennsylvania's UC Law.

If you're eligible for UC, you'll be paid benefits biweekly (every other week) for a limited number of weeks. Typically, you'll be paid about half of what your full-time wage was before you became unemployed. The amount you're paid is your weekly benefit rate. Your weekly benefit rate is calculated based on what you earned during your base year.

The quarter during the base year in which you earned the most money is called your high quarter. The high quarter, in part, determines your weekly benefit rate.

If you're filing an application for benefits to open a new UC claim, which is also called filing an initial claim, there are some things you'll want to have at hand to make the process go more smoothly. For example, your Social Security number, home address and mailing address, the name of your last employer and more. To help you gather this information, we've put together a checklist for you to reference while you file.

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.

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Department of Transportation Benefits:

Parking Placard for Disabled Veterans: No fee will be charged to a 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 service-connected, Use of the parking placard shall be restricted to passenger vehicles and vehicles with a registered gross weight of not more than 9,000 pounds. 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.

National Guard Member License Plate: Current and former members of the National Guard are eligible for a special plate showing NATIONAL GUARD at the bottom.

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 plate must be submitted through the Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Affairs, Office of Veteran Affairs Office. To apply for this plate, complete Form MV-150.

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 a $7.50 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 a $10.00 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-150 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-150. 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-150. 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-150. 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-150. 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 either 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-150. 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-150. 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-150. 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.

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. Requires a $20.00 fee, provided the vehicle has current registration.

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 who are/were assigned or attached to an Airborne Unit and 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.

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.

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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 in which the 1965 and March 28, 1973. There is a $7.50 fee for the plate provided the vehicle has a current registration. MV145  

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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.

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

Group Insurance: $1,000.00 free to everyone. Additional coverage can be provided at reasonable rates.
Eligibility:
National Guard Service member.

Injury/Death Benefits: Families entitled to a $100,000 benefit if NG Soldier is killed in the LOD. Post-Secondary Education Gratuity Program enables Children of NG Soldiers killed on Federal or State Active Duty a waiver for the costs of tuition, room and board. College tuition waive for the Spouse of a NG solder killed on Federal or State AD.
Eligibility:
Disease, injury or death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

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: A free fishing license may be issued by a County Treasurer to a Veteran, who completes an application and submits the application to a county treasurer or the Pennsylvania Fish Commission.
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 Soldier 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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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 Lifetime Hunting and Furtaker Licenses: (Issued by County
Treasurers only). If an applicant qualifies for a free DV license and his or her disability is permanent,
he or she may apply for a free DV lifetime license. Applicants must produce disability certification
issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs stating that their disability is 100% and permanent.

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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 Drivers 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 oversees 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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Free National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass: This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (Children under 16 are admitted free).

The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.  

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

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 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 are recorded free at the courthouse of the county seat.
Eligibility:
A Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.

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Marriage/Divorce Records: Certified copies of marriage and divorce records are issued without cost 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.

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Pennsylvania Veteran Service Officers: 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.

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DD214/215 Program: Almost half of the contact we receive from Veterans and others pertains to locating a DD Form 214. A document so important should be kept in a safe place. We highly recommend that Veterans record their discharges with their County Courthouse so as to be able to obtain free certified copies for the remainder of their life and available upon their death. The DDForm 214 provides the member and the service with a concise record of a period of service with the Armed Forces at the time of the member's separation, discharge, or change in military status. In addition, the form is an authoritative source of information for both governmental agencies and the Armed Forces for purposes of employment, benefit, and reenlistment data. If you do not currently have a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge, DD Form 214, now is the time to obtain it before you need it.

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State Veteran Homes: 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 Drive, 412-822-2222 / 866-482-7488, H.J. Heinz Campus, 1010 Delafield Rd, 412-822-2222 / 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 Street 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, 3900 Woodland Ave, 215-823-5800 / 800-949-1001
Pittsburgh: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, H.J. Heinz Campus, 1010 Delafield Rd, 412-360-6000 / 866-482-7488
Pittsburgh: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Highland Drive Division, 7180 Highland Dr,
412-688-6000
Pittsburgh: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University Drive Division, University Dr,
412-688-6000 / 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, Suite 2, 814-260-9342
Cranberry Township: Cranberry Township VA Outpatient Clinic, 1183 Freedom Square, Suite A101, 724-741-3131 / Fax: 724-741-3122
DuBois: DuBois (Clearfield County) VA Outpatient Clinic (503GB), 5690 Shaffer Rd, 814-375-6817
Ford City: Armstrong County VA Outpatient Clinic, 313 Ford Street, Suite 2B, 724-763-4090
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 Route 30 East, Suite 10, 724-216-0317 / Fax: 724-837-0271
Hermitage: Mercer County VA Outpatient Clinic, 295 N. Kerrwood Dr, Suite 110, 724-346-1569
Horsham: Victor J. Saracini VA Outpatient Clinic (Montgomery County), 433 Caredean Dr, 215-823-6050 / Fax: 215-823-4425
Johnstown: Johnstown VA Outpatient Clinic (Cambria County) (503GA), 1425 Scalp Ave, Suite 29, 814-266-8696
Lancaster: Lancaster VA Outpatient Clinic (595GC), 1861 Charter Lane, Green Field Corporate Center, Suite 118, 717-290-6900
Mansfield: Mansfield, 63 Third Street, Suite 104, 570-662-0507
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
New Castle: Lawrence County VA Outpatient Clinic, Ridgwood Professional Centre, 1750 New Butler Rd, 724-598-6080
Parker: Clarion County VA Outpatient Clinic, ACV Medical Center, 855 Route 58, Suite 1, 724-659-5601
Pottsville: Pottsville VA Outpatient Clinic (595GF), 700 East Schuylkill Manor Rd, Suite 6, 570-621-4115
Reading: Reading VA Outpatient Clinic (595GD), 145 N. 6th St, 610-208-4717
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, 610-948-0981
Springfield: Springfield VA Outpatient Clinic (542GA), Crozer Keystone Healthplex 194 W. Sproul Rd, Suite 105, 610-543-3246
State College: James E. Van Zandt VA Outpatient Clinic (503GC), 3048 Enterprise Dr, 814-867-5415
Tobyhanna: Tobyhanna Army Depot (693GC), Bldg 220, 570-615-8341 / Fax; 570-615-8345
Uniontown: Fayette County VA Primary Care Outpatient Clinic, 635 Pittsburgh Rd, Suite 520
724-439-4990 / Fax: 724-439-4155
Warren: Warren CBOC, 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
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 Plaza, Suite 201B, 215-823-4590
DuBois: DuBois Vet Center, 100 Meadow Lane, Suite 8, 814-372-2095 / Fax: 814-940-6511
Erie: Erie Vet Center, 240 W 11th St, Erie Metro Center, Suite 105, 814-453-7955 / Fax: 814-456-5464
Harrisburg: Harrisburg Vet Center, 1500 N Second St Suite 2, 717-782-3954 / Fax: 717-782-3791
Lancaster: Lancaster Vet Center, 1817 Olde Homestead Ln, 717-283-0735
McKeesport: McKeesport Vet Center, 2001 Lincoln Way, Suite 21, 412-678-7704 / Fax: 412-678-7780
Norristown: Montgomery County Vet Center, 320 E Johnson Hwy, Suite 201, 215-823-5245 / Fax: 610-272-2198
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Vet Center, 801 Arch St, Suite 502, 215-627-0238 / Fax: 215-597-6362
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Vet Center NE, 101 E. Olney Ave Suite C-7, 215-924-4670 / Fax: 215-224-4105
Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Vet Center, 2500 Baldwick Rd, Suite 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, Suite 104, 570-327-5281 / Fax: 570-322-4542

VISN
Pittsburgh: VISN 4: VA Healthcare - VISN 4

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Regional Benefit Office, 1000 Liberty Ave
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Regional Benefit Office, 5000 Wissahickon Ave

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Assistance)
Carlisle: Carlisle Barracks, Army Community Services, Bldg 46, Rm 118
Willow Grove: Willow Grove, Fleet & Family Support Center

National Cemetery Administration
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
Newtown: Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Rd, 215-504-5610 / Fax: 215-504-5611
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Memorial Service Network, 5000 Wissahickon Ave, 215-381-3787 / Fax: 215-381-3444
Philadelphia: Philadelphia National Cemetery, Haines St & Limekiln Pike, 215-504-5610 / Fax: 215-504-5611

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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.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/veterans_affairs/7179

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Military Installations in Pennsylvania

Active Duty

Army

Tobyhanna Army Depot

Letterkenny Army Depot

Carlisle Barracks

National Guard

Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Fort Indiantown GAP

Pennsylvania Air National Guard

 

Resources

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

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=PA&dnum=ALL

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/veterans_benefits/

http://www.dmva.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/dmva_home/5902

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

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

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

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/veterans_affairs/7179

http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/centers/MilitaryVeteranCenter.shtml

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

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

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/stateinfo.htm?state=PA

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Document Review Date: 23 April 2014