Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Benefits

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Summary of Pennsylvania Military and Veterans Benefits: Pennsylvania offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans. Some of these benefits are, Veterans emergency assistance, disabled Veterans' real estate exemption, educational gratuity, Veterans employment assistance, blind Veterans pension, paralyzed Veterans' pension, civil service hiring preference, special vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing licenses. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Pennsylvania State Military and Veteran Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?

Pennsylvania Retirement Income Taxes: Generally, you should not include the amount of income you received from a commonly recognized retirement plan that was sponsored by your employer's Pennsylvania qualifying retirement or old age benefit program or disability retirement program.

Your retirement is NOT taxable for Pennsylvania income tax if you retired AFTER meeting the eligibility requirements for separation from service by retirement based on old age, infirmity, long-continued service, or a combination of old age and infirmity and long continued years of service.

A qualified plan has four characteristics:

  • The plan is reduced to writing and has been communicated to the participants

  • The plan establishes eligibility requirements for separation of service or a combination of old age or infirmity, and long-continued service

  • The plan provides for payments to be made at regularly recurring intervals after their separation from service by retirement which continues at least until death. An option for a lump sum payment or payments does not disqualify the retirement nature of the plan as long as the other provisions are provided.

  • The plan does not permit the distribution of program benefits to any employee until termination of employment except for incidental disability benefits or the return of the employee’s previously taxed contributions and income or gains if the employee is required to contribute to the pension plan.

If the pension program is a SEP, a Keogh, a federally qualified tax-sheltered annuity program or a tax deferred custodial account, an additional provision must be included in the written provisions to be a qualified pension program.
Program benefits cannot be paid before retirement, death, disability, separation from service unforeseeable emergency or attaining the age of 59 ½ without a substantial penalty for early withdrawal.
Pennsylvania Qualified Pension Program Characteristics

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Pennsylvania Retired Military Pay Taxes: As long as you retire from the military with either years’ service, because of a service incurred disability or age, your retirement income is not taxable.

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Military Pay for Federal Service outside Pennsylvania is not Subject to Pennsylvania State Income Taxes: Military pay for Pennsylvania National Guard and Army Reserve members who perform Federal funded active duty service outside Pennsylvania is exempt from Pennsylvania personal income tax. Military pay for those on active duty serving outside Pennsylvania is not taxed.

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

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Pennsylvania State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

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Pennsylvania State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity3 people walking in a veteran cemetery Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

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Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Pennsylvania State Tax Benefits: There is no state income tax on survivor benefits.

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Pennsylvania 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 them as their principal dwelling.
Who is eligible for a Pennsylvania Disabled Veterans' Real Estate Tax Exemption?

  • 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 their 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 $92,594 effective Jan 1, 2019

  • Applicants with an annual income of $92,594 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 $92,594 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 Director of Veterans Affairs in the county you reside to apply for this program.
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

Pennsylvania “Operation Recognition” Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: "Operation Recognition" is a state law that 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.

Who is eligible for Pennsylvania “Operation Recognition” Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? 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:Operation Recognition

  • 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 Feb. 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975during 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.

Eligible applicants should contact their local school district for an application and documentation of service requirements. 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.
Pennsylvania School District Directory
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Operation Recognition Application

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Pennsylvania Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program (PGEP): 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 (PEGP) 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 the student’s account.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program? To be considered for a PEGP 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 their 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 their official duties

  • Be 25 years of age or younger at the time of application for the program

  • Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and a Pennsylvania State Grant Application

  • 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.

Pennsylvania Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program Application
Pennsylvania Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program Brochure

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Pennsylvania Educational Gratuity: The Pennsylvania Educational Gratuity provides financial assistance to Children of honorably discharged Veterans who have service-connected disabilities and served during established war service dates 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.
Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania Educational Gratuity? 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 must contact the County Veterans Affairs Director in the county in which they reside to begin the application process.
County Directors of Veterans Affairs Directory

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Pennsylvania Educational Grant for Children of Service Members that are Prisoners of War or Missing in Action: The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority (PHEAA) offers a special state educational grant to the Children of any Service member 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.
Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania Educational Grant for Children of Service Members that are Prisoners of War or Missing in Action? You must be the Child of a Service member who has been designated as a POW or MIA. In addition, the POW/MIA Service member 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"

To apply call 800-692-7392 (dial 711 for the hearing impaired)
to get a POW/MIA application.

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Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program (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 3 people in cap and gowns at a graduation ceremonyGuard for six years.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP)? 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

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

Pennsylvania EAP

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, they must repay the total EAP award amount, plus interest.

To apply, the Service member must contact the Readiness NCO at their unit of assignment.

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Pennsylvania National Guard Military Family Education Program (MFEP): Together with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority (PHEAA) administers this tuition assistance program for dependents (Spouses and Children) of PA Guard Members who enter into an additional 6-year service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Family Education Program (MFEP)? To be considered for EAP, the applicant must be:

  • A Guard Member:

    • Someone who completed an initial service obligation, on or after July 1, 2019, in the Pennsylvania National Guard and be eligible to reenlist in the Pennsylvania National Guard for a period of 6 years

  • A Family Member:

    • Someone who is a Spouse or Child of a Pennsylvania National Guard member who meets the above criteria and has assigned the benefit to the Family member.

    • Someone who is enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program of study at an approved Pennsylvania institution

The breakdown of tuition paid by the Pennsylvania MFEP is as follows:

Pennsylvania MFEP

Full-Time Attendance

Part-Time Attendance

Undergraduates and Graduates

The lesser of:

  • 100% of the tuition at the institution where you are enrolled

OR

  • The annual tuition rate and technology fee charged to a Pennsylvania resident at a state-owned university

The lesser of:

· 100% of the tuition plus technology fee for a part-time course of study

OR

  • The per credit tuition rate charged to a Pennsylvania resident at a state-owned university plus technology fee


The MFEP grant can be used for a degree-granting curriculum or certificate-granting, course of study, or training programs required for entrance into a specific career as determined by PHEAA at an approved PHEAA institution of higher learning for up to 5 academic years.

The PA Guard Member can assign the entire benefit to one dependent or a portion of the benefit to more than one dependent.

If the Service member fail to honor the service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard, they must repay your total MFEP award amount, plus interest.

A Spouse can use the assigned MFEP benefit up to 6 years after the member’s separation from the PA Guard. Children can use the assigned MFEP benefit before reaching 26 years of age.

Service members that are interested in the MFEP should contact their unit for more information.

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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.
Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program?
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 documented disability that prevents the applicant from fulfilling this requirement) Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodation Request Form .

  • 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 Pennsylvania State Grant Deadlines

For more details read the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, Rights and Responsibilities Certification Document .

The amount of money you can expect to receive is based on your financial situation, as well as the type of school you choose to attend in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Grant Program Manual

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Pennsylvania 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.Children sitting on the steps of a school

  • 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:
Barbara Clemmer
MIC3 Program Coordinator, Department of Education
Address: 333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
Email: baclemmer@pa.gov
Phone: 717-425-5728

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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Pennsylvania State Employee Leave of Absence for Military Duty: State employees receive 15 days paid military leave per year. In addition, they are Fire trainingentitled 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.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania State Employee Leave of Absence for Military Duty? State employees and teachers 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 are eligible.

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Pennsylvania Employee 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 their 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 their former employer, then a position in which they are qualified to perform with like seniority and pay (or the closest approximation thereof consistent with the case) shall be offered.

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Pennsylvania State Employee Veterans Hiring Preference: Veterans' preference is the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All qualifying Veterans are entitled to hiring preference when applying for civil service jobs.
Pa.C.S. Title 51, Part V

An additional ten points shall be applied to the final examination score obtained by a Veteran (relating to additional points in grading civil service examinations), and the same preferential rating given to Veterans under this part shall be extended to include Spouses. When a qualified and eligible Veteran is ranked in the top three highest available job seekers on a civil service list or an alternative number as approved by the Pennsylvania Office of Administration, non-Veterans may not be considered for appointment from that list. Qualified and eligible Veterans can be selected regardless of rank or final examination score.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania State Employee Veterans Hiring Preference? Eligible Veterans are:

  • Individuals who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, or in any women's organization officially connected therewith, during any war or armed conflict, including National Guard or Reserves serving on active duty for other than training, and were released from such active duty under honorable conditions; or

  • Individuals who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, including the National Guard and Reserves since July 27, 1953 or otherwise completed certain military commitments prior to July 27, 1953, and completed basic training, completed their initial military service obligation, and received a discharge under honorable conditions; or

  • Individuals in the National Guard or Reserves who have completed basic training, completed their initial military service obligation, and continue to serve.

The same preferential rating given under these provisions shall be extended to include the Spouses of deceased or disabled Service members.

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Veterans Hiring Preferences for Federal Employment: 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, Surviving Spouses 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 Surviving Spouse) 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 their 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 their 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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Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Credit for 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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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and PA ARNGretain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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Extension of Employment Benefits During Military Duty for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Member: 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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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Pennsylvania Veterans Employment Assistance at Pennsylvania CareerLink Offices: Veterans Employment Representatives at all Pennsylvania CareerLink 2 guys working under a vehicle repairing itoffices provide a full range of employment services to assist Veterans in their search for work. Specially trained Veteran employment representatives located in Pennsylvania 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. TAP consists of workshops where attendees learn how to conduct job searches and prepare resumes and cover letters and participate in mock interviews. Current labor market information is provided, as well as an evaluation of employability relative to the job market. Veterans’ benefits are also covered.

For assistance, visit the Pennsylvania CareerLink webpage, or a Pennsylvania CareerLink location or call 866-858-2753.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Veterans Employment Assistance at Pennsylvania CareerLink Offices?
Any Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.
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Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation: The Unemployment Compensation (UC) program provides temporary income support if you lose your job through no fault of your own or if you are working less than your full-time hours. If you qualify, you will receive money for a limited time to help you meet expenses while you seek new employment. To be eligible for UC benefits, you must be a worker who performed services that are covered by the Pennsylvania UC Law.

Military Employees: Ex-Service Member (UCX): 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/Military Employees: Ex-Service Member, Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX) Program which allows 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 DD214 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 Building
651 Boas Street
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.
Military Employees: Ex-Service Member (UCX) Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • Online: At the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Claim Online Portal 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 1-888-334-406).

  • A paper application can be downloaded and mailed to the Unemployment Claims service center address indicated on the form. Pennsylvania Unemployment Application Form

  • 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:

  • SSN

  • Home address and mailing address (if different)

  • Telephone number

  • Birth Date

  • Valid email

  • PIN - Personal Identification Number (optional)- If you have previously filed a UC claim using your previous PIN can prevent you from having to re-enter information

  • Direct deposit bank information (optional) - bank name, address, account and routing number.

Information about Separating Employer:

  • Employer's name, address and phone number

  • Employer’s Pennsylvania UC account number (if known)

  • First and last day worked with employer

  • Reason for leaving

  • Pension or severance package information (if applicable)

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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Department of Transportation Benefits?

Pennsylvania 'Veteran' Designation for Driver License or Identification Card: Pennsylvania allows for the issuance of a Driver's License or Identification Card Pennsylvania Veterans Licenseclearly 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.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania 'Veteran' Designation for Driver License or Identification Card? 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. Applicants must have a character of Service under conditions other than dishonorable:

  • Honorable Discharge

  • Under Honorable Conditions Discharge; or

  • General Discharge

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Pennsylvania Veteran and Military License Plates: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers 48 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, Retirees and eligible Family members. A short description of some of these is listed below.
Pennsylvania U.S. Military Registration Plates Fact Sheet
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Buerau of Motor Vehicles Schedule of Fees

Pennsylvania Veteran License Plate: This plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white and yellow and a waving American flag. Applicants must submit a legible certified copy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers or Discharge Papers," which indicates honorable discharge from the Armed Forces OR a certified photocoPA Army Veteran license platepy of the front and back of either Form DD2(RET), "United States Uniformed Services Identification Card (Retired)", Form DD2S(RET), "United States Uniformed Services Identification Card (Retired)", Form DD2S(RESRET), "United States Uniformed Services Identification Card (Reserves Retired)" or Form DD2S(RES), "Armed Forces of the United States Geneva Conventions Identification Card (Reserves Retired)."

NOTE: National Guard Reservists will need to submit Form NGB22, "Report of Separation and Record of Service" in lieu of Form DD214. To apply for this plate, complete Form Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Application for U.S. Military Veteran Registration Plate MV-150V (PDF).

Pennsylvania 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 receivePA Medal of Honor license plate this plate. Requests for this registration plate must be submitted through the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, Bureau of Veterans Affairs Office, Building S-0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003.

Pennsylvania Purple Heart License Plate: This license plate features the standard registration plate colors of blue, white, and yellow with a detailed color image of the Purple Heart medal. The words “Combat Wounded Veteran” appear at the bottom of the Pennsylania Air Force Veteran plateregistration plate.

Applicants must submit a legible photocopy of Form DD214, "Separation Papers or Discharge Papers," or 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

  • A certification of the award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

To apply for this plate, complete Form Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Application for U.S. Military Service Registration Plate MV-150 .

Pennsylvania Gold Star Family License Plate: ‚ÄčThis registration plate portrays the standard registration plate colors of blue, white, and yellow and features a gold star. PA Gold Star Family License PlateApplicants must submit Form MV-912 and the appropriate fees. The Gold Star Family registration plates may only be issued for a vehicle owned or co-owned by a Family member of a person who was killed while serving on active duty in the U.S. Military. ‚ÄčTo apply for this plate, complete Form Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Application for Gold Star Family Registration Plate MV-912 .

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Pennsylvania Severely Disabled Veteran License Plate : On the application of a Veteran whose service-connected disability is certified at 100 percent by the service unit of the Armed Forces in which the Veteran served or by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office Administrator or who has a service-connected PA Severely Disabled Veteran platedisability, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation shall issue a special registration plate designating the vehicle as belonging to a severely disabled Veteran. A Veteran may also self-certify by providing a legible photocopy of their Letter of Promulgation, Awards Letter, or Single Notification Letter, provided the documents indicate a 100 percent service-connected disability. These Plates afford the owner the following special benefits

  • When the vehicle is used by or for the person with a disability, the placard will allow vehicles to park for a period of 60 minutes in excess of the legal parking period permitted by local authorities, except where local ordinances or police regulations provide for the accommodation of heavy traffic during morning, afternoon, and evening hours.

  • Any vehicle displaying the registration plate, being operated by or for a person with a disability, qualifies to park in areas so designated as being reserved for persons with disability.

  • Upon request of a person with a qualifying disability, local authorities may erect a sign(s) on the highway as close as possible to the person's residence indicating that the place is reserved for a person with a disability.

Applicants must complete Form Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Application for Disabled Veteran, Severely Disabled Veteran Registration Plate Form MV145V

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Pennsylvania Driver’s License Benefits for Military Service Members and their Dependents? The Pennsylvania Driver's License of a Service member on active duty in the United States Armed Forces will continue to be valid as long as active service continues outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and for an additional 45 days after returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or following separation from the Armed Forces. This also applies to the Pennsylvania Driver's License of the Service member’s Spouse and dependent Child(ren), who reside in the same household. In addition, Pennsylvania issues a valid without photo driver’s license to individuals who at the time of renewal will be absent from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 60 days due to Active Duty Military Status.

Soldiers and their Family members may also choose to renew their licenses at four-year intervals.

To be considered valid, an expired license must be legible and in the possession of the Soldier and/or Family member(s). Each Soldier must also have papers in their possession indicating the service assignment outside Pennsylvania. PennDOT does not issue special licenses to military personnel, nor does it affix a special stamp to these licenses.

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Pennsylvania Military Commercial Driver's License Skills Testing Waiver: Act 133 of 2008 allows the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to waive the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Skills Test for Pennsylvania residents who are active or reserve duty military or recent honorably discharged Veterans, provided those Service Members have at least two years' experience operating a commercial motor vehicle as part of their military job requirements. The waiver applies to CDL applicants who wish to operate vehicles similar to those they operated in the military.

Military members and recently separated Veterans must first apply for a CDL by completing a DL-31CD, Application to Add/ Extend/ Remove Commercial Driver's License and return it to PennDOT along with the DL-11CD Self-Certification Form and applicable fee. The applicant will be sent a Knowledge Test Authorization Letter which they will take to their nearest Driver License Center to take the applicable knowledge tests. After successfully completing all applicable CDL knowledge testing, the applicant must present a completed DL-398, Military Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Skills Test Waiver Application . For more information about the CDL Skills Test Waiver and to find out if you are eligible, please refer to the Military Commercial Driver's License Skills Testing Waiver Fact Sheet . Please visit the Locations Information Center webpage to find a Driver License Center near you.

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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Health and Insurance Benefits?

Pennsylvania National Guard Association, National Guard 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 Service Members

  • $10,000 to $260,000 additional coverage available for Service Members

  • Pennsylvania National Guard Association $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

Who is eligible for Pennsylvania National Guard Association, National Guard Group Insurance? Pennsylvania National Guard Association members and their dependents are eligible.

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U.S. Department of 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)

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

TRICARE Reserve Select 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 are not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Pennsylvania National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty: If any member of the Pennsylvania National Guard is injured or otherwise disabled, or dies as a result of injuries or other disability received or contracted while performing duty in active service of the Commonwealth or in the performance of other State military duty under competent order or authority, or while engaged in volunteer service during a civil emergency at the request of competent military authority, their dependents, if not compensated by the government of the United States, shall receive from the Commonwealth the amount of compensation to be determined in accordance with the Workmen's Compensation Law of Pennsylvania. The General Assembly shall appropriate the moneys necessary to provide for such compensation.

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Death Benefits for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members Killed in the Line of Duty: The Bureau of Risk and Insurance Management administers the program that provides benefits to eligible surviving Family members of emergency responders, law enforcement and National Guard in the event of death in the line of duty. By law, certification of death must be submitted within 3 years from the date of death to be considered eligible to file a claim.

Act 51 - Killed-in-Service Benefit: Act 51 of 2009 provides for a monthly supplementary income benefit equal to the monthly salary of the paid law enforcement officer, ambulance service or rescue squad member, firefighter, certified hazardous material response team member or National Guard member, adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index. The benefit is payable to the deceased's Surviving Spouse or, if there is no Surviving Spouse, to the deceased's minor Children under the age of 18. If those Children are attending college, they can receive the benefit up to the age of 23.
Who is eligible for Death Benefits for Pennsylvania National Guard service Members Killed in the Line of Duty? The Surviving Spouse, Children or the Parents, (if there is no Surviving Spouse or Children) of a Pennsylvania National Guard Servicemember who may die from injuries received, or who may be killed while in active service, under orders of the Governor, which active service shall include participation in armory assemblies or participation in aerial flights incidental to training are eligible for compensation.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Claim for Death Benefits of a Public Safety Worker
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Report of Death for a Public Safety Worker
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Processing Act 101/ 51 Claim Checklist

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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Free Pennsylvania Fishing License for Severely Disabled Veterans: Free fishing licenses can be obtained from county treasurers (listed within Pennsylvania Fishing License Issuing Agents ), the Fish and Boat Commission's Harrisburg office or the six regional law enforcement offices. Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission Directory
Who is eligible for Free Pennsylvania Fishing License for Severely Disabled Veterans?
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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Discounted Pennsylvania Fishing License for Disabled Veterans: Discounted fishing licenses can be obtained from county treasurers (listed within Pennsylvania Fishing License Issuing Agents ), the Fish and Boat Commission's Harrisburg office or the six regional law enforcement offices. Pennsylvania Disabled Veteran FishingFish and Boating Commission Directory
Who is eligible for Free Pennsylvania Fishing License for Severely Disabled Veterans?
Any disabled Veteran who has a disability incurred in any war or armed conflict who is between 60 and 99 percent disabled as certified by the United States Veterans Administration and is a resident of this Commonwealth may obtain a reduced fee resident fishing license upon application to the Fish & Boat Commission or county treasurer. To qualify for a reduced fishing license, an applicant must be a bona fide resident of Pennsylvania and qualify as one of the following:

  • Have a disability incurred in any war or armed; or

  • Is 60 to 99% disabled as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Pennsylvania Resident Service Members Stationed outside the State may Fish without a License: Certain active duty military personnel are exempt from Pennsylvania's fishing license requirement. two men fishing on a boat
Which Pennsylvania Resident Service Members Stationed outside the State may Fish without a License? 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.

National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve licenses are available to those persons who provide documentation that within the previous 24 months the person was deployed overseas as a member of the reserve component of the Armed Forces for a period of 60 consecutive days or more or was released early from service because of an injury or disease incurred in the line of duty. This license is only available at Commission and county treasurer offices. Locations can be found in the Pennsylvania Fishing License Issuing Agents directory , county treasurers are generally located at county court offices.

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Resident Fishing Privileges for Non-resident Active Duty Service Members Stationed in Pennsylvania: 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 the same qualify for a resident fishing license. All others must obtain a non-resident or tourist license.

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Free Pennsylvania Resident Disabled Veteran Hunting and Furtaker Licenses: The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers free hunting and furtakers license to eligible disabled Veterans. (Issued by County Treasurers or Game Commission Offices.)
Who is eligible for Free Pennsylvania Resident Disabled Veteran Hunting and Furtaker Licenses? 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

  • Veterans Affairs certification of 100% physical disability or documentation that the Veteran is receiving 100% or total compensation*.

* 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 will have documentation that he is receiving 100 percent 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 percent disabled Veteran who qualifies for a free hunting license with proper documentation.
Pennsylvania County Treasurers Directory
Pennsylvania Game Commission Offices Directory

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Free Pennsylvania Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Renewal of Hunting License: (No Charge) Issued to Resident Disabled Veterans (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 the Pennsylvania Online Licensing System, (PALS) must provide their social security number (one time only) and their valid Pennsylvania 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. This license includes one antlered deer tag, one fall turkey tag, one spring turkey tag and small game hunting privileges for one license year.

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Free Pennsylvania Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Renewal of Furtakers License: (No Charge): Issued to Resident Disabled Veterans (DV) Lifetime Furtaker license holders to renew their DV lifetime furtaker license for the current year. DV lifetime furtaker license holders renewing for the first time through PALS must provide their SSN (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 that the individual has on file.

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Pennsylvania Resident Reduced Disabled Veteran Hunting and Furtakers Licenses: ($2.90 each): Issued to resident Veterans that have a service-related disability incurred during a war or armed conflicted and possess a disability rating between 60% and 99% as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Reduced-Fee Pennsylvania Resident Military Personnel Hunting Licenses: These reduced-fee ($2.90) general hunting licenses are available to qualified residents on active and full-time in the U.S. Armed Forces. To qualify, applicants must meet all of the following requirements and provide the appropriate documentation. This license includes one antlered deer tag, one fall turkey tag, one spring turkey tag and small game hunting privileges for one license year.

  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania, and provide proof that it is their home of record

  • Be currently serving on active and full-time duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or the U.S. Coast Guard, and provide documentation of their military status

  • Be currently assigned to a facility outside of Pennsylvania, and provide official orders showing that they are stationed outside of this Commonwealth

  • Be on temporary leave in Pennsylvania, and provide leave papers.

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Reduced-Fee Resident Pennsylvania National Guard or Pennsylvania Resident Armed Forces Reserves Hunting Licenses: These reduced-fee ($2.90) general hunting licenses are available to qualified residents in the Pennsylvania National Guard or Armed Forces Reserves.3 turkeys in the woods

To qualify, applicants must meet all of the following requirements and provide the appropriate documentation. Be a qualified resident who, within the previous 24 months, has been deployed overseas as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard or Air National Guard on active Federal service, or a reserve component of the Armed Forces for a period of 60 consecutive days or more, or was released early from such service because of injury or disease incurred in the line of duty.

Only one Pennsylvania National Guard or Reserves hunting license may be issued for each qualifying deployment of a person applying for this license. This license includes one antlered deer tag, one fall turkey tag, one spring turkey tag and small game hunting privileges for one license year. All applicants must provide documentation of:

  • Pennsylvania being their home of record

  • Documentation of military status or discharge papers, if applicable

  • Individual or unit orders showing the return date from overseas.

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Pennsylvania Resident Reduced-Fee Prisoner of War (POW) Hunting Licenses: These reduced-fee ($2.90) 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 DD214 stating prisoner of war status, and proof of residency. This license is available through only County Treasurers and Game Commission offices (not online).
Pennsylvania County Treasurers Directory
Pennsylvania Game Commission Offices Directory

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Pennsylvania Resident Armed Forces Antlerless Deer Licenses: ($6.90) 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 (Wildlife Management Unit) 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.
Pennsylvania County Treasurers Directory
Pennsylvania Wild Life Management Unit

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Pennsylvania Resident Disabled Veteran Antlerless Deer Licenses: ($6.90) Eligible resident disabled war Veterans as described as having:

  • The loss of one or more limbs

  • The loss of use of one or more limbs

  • Veterans Affairs certification of 100% physical disability or documentation that the Veteran is receiving 100% or total compensation.

To apply go to any Pennsylvania County Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) in which they desire to hunt. If the qualified Veteran cannot apply in person, they 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.
Pennsylvania County Treasurers Directory
Pennsylvania Wild Life Management Unit

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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Miscellaneous Benefits?

Pennsylvania Veterans' Registry: The Pennsylvania Veterans Registry is an online application that allows Veterans, Family members and people who work with Veterans to connect with the Department of Veterans Registry of Pennsylvania logoMilitary and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to request information related to the valuable state benefits, programs and services offered. By connecting with DMVA, registrants can also opt-in to receive ongoing communications such as the weekly DMVA Digest ( view the most recent edition here ), breaking news and other updates. The Pennsylvania Veterans Registry is the DMVA’s first step in a long-term strategy to achieve a higher level of communication with Pennsylvania Veterans as well as the state partners that support them.

Registration can be completed online at the “Learn more…” link below or you may download the application form.
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Pennsylvania Veterans Registry Application

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Pennsylvania 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.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Veterans Temporary Assistance? Applicants 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.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • A 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

  • 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.

To apply for this program or for more information, applicants are asked to contact the County Director of Veterans' Affairs in the county which they reside.
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory
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Pennsylvania Blind Veterans Pension: Provides eligible blind Veterans a pension of $150.00 per month.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Blind Veterans Pension?

  • 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.

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

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Pennsylvania Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans' Pension: Provides eligible amputee and paralyzed Veterans a pension of $150.00 per month.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans' Pension?

  • 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.

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

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Pennsylvania 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.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans' Bonus Program? 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): PROGRAM UPDATE JUNE 2020 : The Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) sunset date was June 30, 2020, per 51 Military Family Relief Assistance Program insigniaPa.C.S. § 7319. Senate Bill 1076 is close to the finish line in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and, upon enactment, removes the sunset date for the MFRAP. When the House returns to session, it is anticipated that the bill will receive a favorable vote and move to the Governor for approval. However, since the bill has not yet made it to the Governor before the sunset date, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will hold all MFRAP applications received in their office after June 30, 2020. This hold will continue until either SB 1076 is signed into law or the end of the legislative session (December 31, 2020), whichever comes first. In the event SB 1076 is not fully enacted by the end of the legislative session, any MFRAP applications received will be returned. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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 Childcare 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.

*Note: Service members serving in OCONUS locations must seek assistance through military channels for emergency travel prior to submitting for assistance from Pennsylvania 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.

Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP)? 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.

For more information, please refer to:
Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) Frequently Asked Questions page
Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) Guidelines
Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) Brochure
Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) Application

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Pennsylvania County Burial Allowance: County burial allowances are provided whether or not the person died in the county or was buried in the county.
Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania County Burial Allowance?
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 their death. Contact your County Director Of Veterans Affairs for more information. Honor Guard
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

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Pennsylvania County 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.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania County Grave Markers? Qualified Veterans as indicated in the County Code are eligible. The initial grave marker is provided free of charge by the county in which the deceased Soldier had legal residence at the time of death, whether the Veteran died in the county or was buried in the county.
Contact your County Director Of Veterans Affairs for more information.
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

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Pennsylvania Government/Private Headstones Allowance: A county headstone allowances is provided by the county in which the Veteran has legal residence. There is no time limit to apply for this benefit.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Government/Private Headstones Allowance? Qualified Veterans as indicated in the County Code are eligible. There is no time limit to apply for this benefit. Contact your County Director Of Veterans Affairs for more information.
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

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Exemption from Further Military Service some Service Members and Exemption from Jury Duty for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members: Any person who shall have performed duty in the Pennsylvania National Guard for a period of nine years or who served for nine months or a longer period in active service of the United States and was honorably discharged or mustered out, shall be exempt from further military service, except in case of war, invasion or insurrection.

Every officer and enlisted person of the Pennsylvania National Guard shall be exempt from jury duty during the period of their active service.

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Exemption from Arrest for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members: No officer or enlisted person shall be arrested on any warrant, except for treason or felony, while going to, remaining at, or returning from, a place where he is ordered to attend for military duty.

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Recording of Discharge Certificates for Pennsylvania Veterans: 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 county courthouse for specifics. Free certified copies are available for life and upon the Veteran's death.
Who is eligible for Recording of Discharge Certificates for Pennsylvania Veterans? A Veteran that is honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States is eligible to have their discharge recorded.
Pennsylvania County Court Directory

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Exemption from Civil Process for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members: 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.

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Pennsylvania 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, Pennsylvania Soldies and Sailors Homeand dementia care. These facilities offer qualified Veterans and their Spouses dedicated, superior care.

The application for admission to a Pennsylvania Veterans Home consists of six parts and requests information needed to determine eligibility for admission. The application must be completed and submitted in its entirety. The applicant must complete Parts I, II, III, and IV. Part V consists of the MA51 and Activities for Daily Living Assessment Sheet, both forms must be completed and signed by a physician.

For more information contact the County Director of Veterans Affairs or any one of the state homes:

Who is eligible for care at a Pennsylvania State Veteran Home? The following requirements must be met for care at a Pennsylvania Veterans Home:

  • An applicant shall be an eligible Veteran, Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran. An "eligible Veteran" is defined as an individual who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States or the Pennsylvania Southwestern Veterans CenterPennsylvania Military Forces and was discharged under honorable conditions.

  • An applicant shall be a bona fide resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the eligible Veteran or Spouse of an eligible Veteran for who the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is their home of record upon entry into the Armed Forces of the United States or the Pennsylvania Military Forces. Current residents have priority, however, in admission.

  • A resident of a Veterans home shall be required to make monthly payments against maintenance fee liability in accordance with the resident's ability to pay.

  • Admissions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The admissions committee at the home shall determine the level of care, but its decisions may be appealed.

Please note that the Pennsylvania Bureau of Veterans Homes does not accept faxed applications. Only the original application with original signatures will be accepted and must be mailed directly to the following address:

Bureau of Veterans Homes
Attn: Admission’s Office
Building 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, Pennsylvania 17003
Pennsylvania State Veterans' Home Admission Checklist
Pennsylvania Veterans Homes Application
Pennsylvania Veterans Homes Eligibility Requirements

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Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Cemetery, (Veterans Memorial Cemetery): With more than 1,300 casketed gravesites on four acres, the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Cemetery (also known as Veterans Memorial Cemetery) is located on the campus of the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home – a long term care facility for Pennsylvania's Veterans and their eligible Spouses. The cemetery was established in 1886 and includes graves dating back to the Civil War era. While notable as the commonwealth's only state Veterans cemetery, it is maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Who is eligible for Burial at the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Cemetery, (Veterans Memorial Cemetery)? An individual who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States, or Pennsylvania Military Forces who was released or discharged from the service under honorable conditions. The Veteran must be a resident of the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home at the time of death.

For more information please contact:

Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home

Address: 560 East Third St., Erie, PA 16507
Phone: 814-871-4531
Email: RA-MVVA-HOMES@pa.gov

Learn more about the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Cemetery, (Veterans Memorial Cemetery)

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Pennsylvania

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Pennsylvania: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in PennsylvaniaLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Pennsylvania

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Pennsylvania: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains nine national cemeteries in Pennsylvania. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Address: Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003
Phone: 1-800-547-2838 / 717-861-8910
Fax: 717-861-8589
Email: RA-VA-Info@pa.gov

Learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

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Military Installations in Pennsylvania

Please see the Pennsylvania Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
Tobyhanna Army Depot
Letterkenny Army Depot
Carlisle Barracks

Navy
Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg

National Guard
Pennsylvania National Guard

Pennsylvania Army National Guard
Fort Indiantown Gap

Pennsylvania Air National Guard
111th Attack Wing
171st Air Refueling Wing
193rd Special Operations Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division

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Resources

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Benefits and Services for Veterans and their Beneficiaries Booklet

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Education and Training

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes

Retirement Living, Tax Information Pennsylvania

Office of Personnel Management, Veterans Services

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Pennsylvania

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

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Document Review Date: 13 August 2020