Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Benefits

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Summary of Pennsylvania Military and Veterans Benefits: Pennsylvania offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including Veteran’s emergency assistance, disabled Veterans' real estate exemption, educational assistance, Veteran’s employment assistance, blind Veteran’s 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 County Directors of Veterans Affairs: Pennsylvania County Directors of Veterans Affairs assist Veterans and their Families find and apply for benefits under federal, state and local laws. The County Directors of Veterans Affairs are accredited Veterans service officers and never charge Veterans for their assistance.
Pennsylvania County Directors of Veterans Affairs Directory

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Pennsylvania State Military and Veteran Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?

Pennsylvania Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay is not taxable for Pennsylvania income tax.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes .

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Pennsylvania Taxes on Military Pay: Military Pay earned by a resident Service member while residing in Pennsylvania is taxed. Military pay received while on federal active duty or federal active duty for training outside Pennsylvania is not taxable.

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Pennsylvania Taxes on Differential Pay for Reserve Component Service Members: Pennsylvania taxes the difference between military pay and regular wages when an employer compensates a reserve component Service member. However, differential pay is not taxed for Service members on active duty in combat zones or hazardous duty zones.

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Pennsylvania Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

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Pennsylvania State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax free monetary benefit3 people walking in a veteran cemetery paid to eligible survivors of Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected 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: SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP annuities are not taxed in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania Disabled Veterans' Real Estate Tax Exemption: Pennsylvania provides a real estate tax exemption for honorably discharged, resident Veterans who are 100% disabled, and have a financial need.
Who is eligible for a Pennsylvania Disabled Veterans' Real Estate Tax Exemption?
To be eligible for the exemption Veteran must meet the following requirements:

  • Received an Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions discharge

  • Served during established war service dates or received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, or

  • Has a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Blind, paralyzed or lost two or more limbs due to military service

  • Pennsylvania resident

  • Must occupy the property as their principal home

  • Home is owned solely by the Veteran or as an estate in the entirety

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouses of an eligible Veteran can continue to receive the property tax exemption if they continue to demonstrate a financial need.

Must Prove Financial Need:

An applicant whose gross annual income is not more than $95,279 (household expenses such as mortgage, automobile payments, electric power, fuel, water, sewage, garbage disposal, telephone, domestic help and educational costs are not included in gross annual income) are considered to have a financial need.

To apply for this exemption applicants should contact the County Director of Veterans Affairs in the county they live.
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 U.S. Armed Forces in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. Operation Recognition
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania “Operation Recognition” Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? Honorably discharged Veterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in World War II, Korea or Vietnam are eligible for diplomas. Veterans must have served in the following time periods:

  • September 16,1940, through December 31, 1946

  • June 27, 1950, through January 30, 1955

  • February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975

Eligible Veterans should contact their local school district to apply. These diplomas may be awarded posthumously.
Pennsylvania School District Directory
Pennsylvania, Operation Recognition Application

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Pennsylvania Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program (PEGP): PEGP provides a waiver for tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board costs charged by public postsecondary institutions for the Children of deceased National Guard Service members. 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 PEGP? To be eligible for a PEGP waiver, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Pennsylvania resident

  • Child by birth or adoption of a deceased National Guard Service member who died after January 1, 1976, as a direct result of performing their official duties

  • Child by birth or adoption of a deceased National Guard Service member who was on federal or state active duty who died after September 11, 2001, as a direct result of performing their official duties

  • 25 years old or younger at the time of application

  • Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and a PEGP application

  • Enroll 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 bachelor's degree

To Apply, mail your completed application and additional documents no later than March 31 to:

PHEAA
Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program
State Grant and Special Programs
P.O. Box 8157
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157

To Renew, mail or fax your completed renewal application and letter of admission (if required) no later than August 1 to:

PHEAA
Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program
State Grant and Special Programs
P.O. Box 8157
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157
Fax: 717-720-3786

A list of approved postsecondary schools can be found on the application.
Pennsylvania PEGP Program Application
Pennsylvania PEGP Brochure
Pennsylvania Military Student Programs 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 or died during established war service dates.

The gratuity payment is $500 per term or semester, for up to four scholastic years, per qualified Child, who is enrolled in an approved educational institution. All payments are paid directly to the educational institution.
Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania Educational Gratuity? The Veteran parent must have received an Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions discharge and meet one of the following requirements for their Children to be eligible:

  • Has a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability rating from the VA, or

  • Died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of war or armed conflict, or

  • Served during established war service dates or received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Child's eligibility criteria:

  • Between 16 and 23 years old

  • Lived in Pennsylvania five years prior to application

  • Must attend a school within Pennsylvania

  • Must have a financial need

Applicants must contact the County Veterans Affairs Director in the county they live to begin the application process.
County Directors of Veterans Affairs Directory
Pennsylvania Military Student Programs Brochure

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Pennsylvania Educational Grant for Children of Service Members Declared a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA): The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority offers a state educational grant to Children of any Service member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces who has been declared a POW or MIA. The maximum award amount is $1,200. This grant is subject to availability of state funding.
Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania Educational Grant for Children of Service Members Declared a POW or MIA? Applicants must be the Child of a Service member who has been declared a POW a MIA.

The Service member must also meet the following requirements:

  • Served on active duty after January 31, 1955

  • Resident of Pennsylvania for at least the 12 months before serving on active duty

  • Did not desert or defect to the enemy

  • Received an honorable discharge

To request an application please call 800-692-7392 (TTY: dial 711 for the hearing impaired).

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3 people in cap and gowns at a graduation ceremony Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP): The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority manage EAP for students who enter a six year service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Who is eligible for EAP? To be eligible for EAP, the Service member must meet the following requirements:

  • Member of the Pennsylvania National Guard

  • Enrolled in a degree-or certificate-granting program of study at an approved Pennsylvania institution

The breakdown of tuition paid by EAP is as follows:

Tuition Paid by EAP

Pennsylvania EAP

Full-Time Attendance

Part-Time Attendance

Undergraduates

The lesser of:

  • 100% of the tuition plus technology fee 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 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

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

Eligible for only part-time funding

The lesser of:

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

OR

  • The per credit tuition rate 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 complete the EAP online application. For more information, please call 800-692-7392.
Pennsylvania Military Student Programs Brochure

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Pennsylvania National Guard Military Family Education Program (MFEP): The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority (PHEAA) administers the MEFP for dependents (Spouses and Children) of Pennsylvania National Guard Service members who enter an additional six-year service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Who is eligible for the MFEP? To be eligible for MFEP, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Service member requirements:

    • Completed National Guard initial service obligation, on or after July 1, 2019, and eligible to reenlist in the Pennsylvania National Guard for six additional years

  • Family member requirements:

    • Spouse or Child of a Pennsylvania National Guard Service member who has been assigned the MFEP benefit

    • Enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program of study at an approved Pennsylvania institution

Pennsylvania MFEP

Full-Time Attendance

Part-Time Attendance

Undergraduates and Graduates

The lesser of:

  • 100% of the tuition plus technology fee 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 and technology fee charged to a Pennsylvania resident at a state-owned university for the number of credits in which you are enrolled

The MFEP grant can be used for up to five years in a degree or certificate granting curriculum, course of study, or training program that is required for entrance into a specific career (as determined by PHEAA).

The Pennsylvania National Guard Service member can assign the entire benefit to one dependent or a portion of the benefit to more than one dependent.

If the Service member fails to honor the service commitment, they must repay the total MFEP award amount, plus interest.

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

To apply, the Service member must complete the MFEP online application. For more information, please call 800-692-7392.
Pennsylvania Military Student Programs Brochure

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Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority (PHEAA) Special Processing for Veterans for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program: PHEAA offers special processing when Veterans apply for Pennsylvania State Grants.

PHEAA will disregard an eligible Veteran’s Expected Family Contribution or any Pell award they may be eligible to receive. This means Veterans will receive the highest Pennsylvania State Grant possible based on the allowable college costs for the school they are attending. The amount of the grant is based on the Veteran’s financial situation, as well as the type of school they are attending.
Who is eligible for the Special Processing for Veterans for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program?
Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible for special processing:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or was a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • If not a Veteran now, must be a Veteran by June 30 of the academic year they are requesting aid

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets, current cadets or midshipmen at service academies, and National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members who have not served on federal active duty (other than for training) are not eligible.

To notify PHEAA of your Veteran status (if not prompted to when completing the FAFSA), please download, complete and return the PHEAA Veteran, Active Duty Clarification Form.
Pennsylvania State Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions

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Children sitting on the steps of a school Pennsylvania Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families

  • Providing for the 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 to achieve educational success for the student

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 717-425-5728

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Pennsylvania Purple Star School Program for Military-Friendly Schools: Recent legislation has authorized the Pennsylvania Purple Star School program for military-friendly schools. The Purple Star School program recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display on site.

For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison who is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families.
Military Child Education Coalition Purple Star School Program

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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Pennsylvania State Employee Paid Leave of Absence for Military Duty: State employees who are reserve component Service members are authorized 15 days paid military leave per year for training or other military duty under orders authorized by federal or state law.

In addition, Pennsylvania National Guard Service members are authorized paid leave for all days when ordered to state active duty. Military leave will be granted without loss of seniority or efficiency rating.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania State Employee Leave of Absence for Military Duty? State employees who are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for paid military leave of absence.

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Pennsylvania Employee Re-Employment following Activation for an Emergency or Military Duty: Pennsylvania reserve component Service members must be rehired to their previous position and status or a position of similar seniority, status, and pay following activation for an emergency or other required military duty.Fire training

If the Service member is not qualified to perform the duties of the position due to a disability they received during mobilization or deployment, they must be offered a different position of similar seniority and pay within the capabilities of the Service member.

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Pennsylvania State Employee Veterans’ Preference when Hiring for State Employment: Pennsylvania offers a Veterans’ preference when hiring for state employment. Eligible applicants receive the following preference benefits:

  • 10 points added to state employment examination scores

  • 15% added to municipal employment examinations scores

  • Preference for all appointments or promotions

  • Preference during a reduction in force

Who is eligible for Pennsylvania State Employee Veterans’ Preference when Hiring for State Employment? Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for Veterans’ preference:

  • Service member who served in an active and reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who have completed their initial service obligation and received a discharge other than dishonorable

  • Service member who served in an active and reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who served during any war or armed conflict (other than for training) and received a discharge other than dishonorable

  • Service member serving in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who continue to serve

  • Active duty Service members who are within 90 days of discharge and are projected to receive a discharge other than dishonorable

  • Spouse of a deceased or permanent and totally disabled Veteran


Pennsylvania Consolidated and Unconsolidated Statutes Title 51, Chap 71

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Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Credit for State Retirement: Honorably discharged Veterans who have been a state employee for at least three years may be eligible to purchase credit for active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces.PA ARNG

Credited service is used to determine eligibility for and the amount of a state employee’s pension. The more years of credited service, the greater the maximum annual pension will be at retirement, and the sooner they become eligible for retirement benefits.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Credit for State Retirement? Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible for military service credit:

  • Received an honorable discharge for service in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Must not have received credit for the same military service in the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System

  • Must not be eligible for or receiving a pension from another government organization, except for reserve component Service members who are eligible for military retired pay at age 60

Veterans should contact a State Employees' Retirement System Counselor at 800-633-5461 to determine eligibility.
Pennsylvania Defined Retirement Benefit Plan Fact Sheet

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Extension of Employment Benefits During Military Duty for Reserve Component Service Members: When an employee is a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves and is ordered to federal or state duty active duty (other than active duty for training) their employer must continue health insurance and other benefits for at least the first 30 days of their active military service.

After the first 30 days, the employer must give the Service member the voluntary option of continuing health insurance and other benefits in effect at their own expense.

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Pennsylvania Veterans Employment Assistance at Pennsylvania CareerLink Offices: Veterans Employment Representatives at all Pennsylvania CareerLink offices 2 guys working under a vehicle repairing itprovide a full range of employment services to assist Veterans in their search for work.

Specially trained Veteran employment representatives 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.

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 Veteran Readiness and Employment Program.

For assistance, Veterans can visit the Pennsylvania CareerLink webpage, a Pennsylvania CareerLink office or call 866-858-2753.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Veterans Employment Assistance at Pennsylvania CareerLink Offices?
Any Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
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Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans 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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects 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 retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces soldier adjusting an antennaReserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA 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 recovering 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, 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. 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% 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?
Veterans, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve, or National Guard Service 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) helps all having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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Pennsylvania Hilton Honors Military Program: The Pennsylvania Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel while they are looking for a new job, training for a new job, or finding housing. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities. Each state sets its own eligibility and residency requirements. Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.

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What are my Pennsylvania Military and Veteran Unemployment Compensation?

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation (UC): The UC program provides temporary income support to those who lose their job through no fault of their own or if working less than full-time hours. UC provides money for a limited time to help meet expenses while seeking new employment.

Applicants may file their initial claim or reopen their existing claims for UC benefits online at the Pennsylvania UC System webpage, by telephone at 888-313-7284 or videophone service for individuals who use American Sign Language, at 717-704-8474, (videophone service is available every Wednesday from noon to 4 pm.

To file a claim applicants must provide the following information:

  • Social Security Number

  • Home address and mailing address (if different)

  • Telephone number

  • Valid email

  • UC System ID and Password, if available

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

  • Last employer's name, address and phone number

  • Last employer’s Pennsylvania UC account number (if known)

  • First and last day worked with last employer

  • Reason for leaving

  • Pension or severance package information (if applicable)

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Handbook
Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Filing Instructions

Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX) is a federal program that authorizes UC payments to former members of the U.S. Armed Forces who meet eligibility requirements of state and federal law. To be eligible former Service members must live in Pennsylvania and meet the following requirements:

  • Served on federal active duty

  • Discharged or released under honorable conditions

  • If an officer, did not resign for the good of the service

  • Completed the first full term of initial active duty service, or if not, were released for:

    • Convenience of the government under an early release program

    • Medical disqualification, pregnancy, parenthood, or service-connected injury or disability

    • Hardship

    • Personality disorders or ineptitude, if served at least 365 continuous days

  • U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or National Guard Service members who served on continuous active duty for 180 days or more

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.

UCX eligible applicants must provide a copy of their DD214, Member 4 when submitting an initial application for UCX or present it when applying in person.

Federal Programs Unit - Room 604
Labor and Industry Building
651 Boas Street
Harrisburg, PA 17121-0044
Fax: 717-772-0378

Weekly benefit amounts will depend upon pay grade at the time of separation from the U.S. Armed Forces.
Pennsylvania UCX Frequently Asked Questions
Pennsylvania UCX Fact Sheet

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

Veteran Designation on Pennsylvania Driver’s Licenses or Identification (ID) Cards: Pennsylvania offers a Veteran Designation on driver’s licenses and ID cards to Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.Pennsylvania Veterans License

Once the Veteran Designation has been added to a license or ID card, it will automatically appear at each renewal.

There is no fee for the ‘Veteran’ Designation; however qualified applicants must pay any initial issue, renewal or duplicate driver's license or ID card fees.
Who is eligible for Veteran Designation on Pennsylvania Driver’s Licenses or ID Cards? Veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received one of the following discharges are eligible:

  • Honorable Discharge

  • Under Honorable Conditions Discharge

  • General Discharge

Veterans must provide their DD214 (or its equivalent) at the time of application.
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Veteran Designation Information Flyer

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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, retired Service members and eligible Family members.
Pennsylvania U.S. Military Registration Plates Fact Sheet
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Motor Vehicles Fees

PA Army Veteran license plate Pennsylvania Army Veteran License Plate: Pennsylvania offers the U.S. Army Veteran License plate to Army Veterans who received an honorable discharge. Applicants must submit a legible, certified copy of one of the following documents as proof of eligibility:

  • Form DD214

  • Copy of front and back of U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID card

  • NGB22

Veterans must use the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Application for U.S. Military Veteran Registration Plate MV-150V to apply.

Medal of Honor license plate Pennsylvania Medal of Honor License Plate: Recipients of the Medal of Honor are eligible for the Pennsylvania Medal of Honor License plate. Applicants must submit a written request through the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, Bureau of Veteran Affairs Office.

Bureau of Veterans Affairs Office
Building S-0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003

Pennsylvania Purple Heart License Plate: Recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for the Pennsylvania Purple Heart license plate. Applicants must submit a legible copy of their DD214, or one of the following, that clearly indicate they received the Purple Heart:

  • Copy of the general order

  • Copy of the Certificate of Award

  • Certification of the award from the VA

Applicants must use the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Application for U.S. Military Service Registration Plate MV-150 to apply.

Gold Star Family License Plate Pennsylvania Gold Star Family License Plate: Immediate ​Family members of a Service member who was killed on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the Pennsylvania Gold Star Family license plate. Family members are defined as:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Mother, stepmother, mother through adoption, foster mother in loco parentis

  • Father, stepfather, father through adoption, foster father in loco parentis

  • Children, stepchildren, adopted Children

  • Brother, half-brother

  • Sister, half-sister

Applicants must use the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Application for Gold Star Family Registration Plate MV-912 to apply.

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Disabled Veteran plate Pennsylvania Severely Disabled Veteran License Plate: Veterans who have a 100% disability as determined by their branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or the VA are eligible for the Pennsylvania Severely Disabled Veteran License Plate. A Veteran may self-certify by providing a legible copy of official documents indicating a 100% service-connected disability. These plates allow the owner to:

  • Park for 60 minutes longer than the legal parking time limit (unless prohibited by local ordinances or regulation)

  • Park in areas designated for persons with disabilities

When requested, local authorities may post a sign on the highway as close as possible to the Veteran’s residence indicating that parking is reserved for disability parking.

Veterans must use the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Application for Disabled Veteran, Severely Disabled Veteran Registration Plate Form MV145V to apply.

Learn more about Pennsylvania Severely Disabled Veteran License Plates

Pennsylvania Driver’s License Benefits for Service Members and their Dependents: The Pennsylvania driver's license of a Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces will remain valid if the Service member is stationed outside Pennsylvania, and for an additional 45 days after returning to Pennsylvania or following separation from the U.S. Armed Forces. This also applies to the driver's license of the Service member’s Spouse and dependent Children, who live in the same household.

Pennsylvania will issue a valid, without photo, driver’s license to Service members who at the time of renewal will be outside of Pennsylvania for 60 days due to active duty requirements.

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

Whenever driving, Service members and their dependents must have their expired Pennsylvania driver’s license and official documents indicating their duty station outside Pennsylvania with them.

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Pennsylvania Military Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Skills Testing Waiver: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) offers a CDL Skills Tests waiver for resident Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or recent honorably discharged Veterans. Applicants must have been licensed for at least two years on a military vehicle similar to the commercial vehicle class they are applying for.

To apply applicants must submit the following completed documents and required fee (listed on the application) to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation:

Applicant can submit the required documents and fees to any Pennsylvania Driver License Center or by mail to:

Bureau of Driver Licensing
P.O. Box 68272
Harrisburg, PA 17106-8272

Veterans can choose to add a Veteran Designation to their CDL by checking the box in block C of the Learners Permit Application. To be eligible Veterans must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge other than dishonorable.

Applicants will be sent a Knowledge Test Authorization Letter which they must take to their nearest Driver License Center to take the applicable knowledge tests. After successfully completing all required CDL knowledge testing, applicants must submit a completed DL-398, Military Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Skills Test Waiver Application. After processing, the applicants CDL will be sent to them in the mail.
Military Commercial Driver's License Skills Testing Waiver Fact Sheet

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

Pennsylvania National Guard Association Pennsylvania National Guard Association, State Sponsored Life Insurance Program (SSLI): SSLI offered through the Pennsylvania National Guard Association to Pennsylvania National Guard Service members is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

  • $1,000 no cost life insurance coverage on all active Pennsylvania National Guard Service members

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

  • Coverage available for Spouse and Children

  • Coverage continues until age 70

  • $25,000 emergency death benefit paid within 24 hours

  • Benefits and cost remain the same when a Service member separates from the National Guard

  • No war, aviation, or terrorism clauses

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • Premiums are payroll deducted

  • $40,000 scholarship fund available to a dependent when the Service member is insured for $100,000 and dies in a combat zone or due to an act of terrorism

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

Learn more about Pennsylvania National Guard Association, Pennsylvania National Guard Association, State Sponsored Life Insurance Program

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The 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:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (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, (U.S. Armed Forces Reserve and National Guard Service members) 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 a Service member is not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

Pennsylvania National Guard Compensation and Benefits for Injury, Disability and Death Incurred on State Active Duty: Pennsylvania National Guard Service members serving on state active duty or other state military duty who are injured, become disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for benefits and compensation under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Laws. Compensation benefits will not be paid when similar benefits are provided under any federal law or regulation.
Who is eligible for Compensation and Benefits for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members Injured, Disabled and Die while on State Active Duty?
Pennsylvania National Guard Service members serving on state active duty are eligible.

Learn more about Pennsylvania National Guard Compensation and Benefits for Injury, Disability and Death Incurred on State Active Duty

Death Benefits for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members Killed in the Line of Duty: The Bureau of Risk and Insurance Management provides benefits to eligible surviving Family members of Pennsylvania National Guard Service members who die in the line of duty. All claims for death benefits must be submitted within three years from the date of death.

This benefit provides a monthly income benefit equal to the monthly salary of the deceased Service member. This payment is adjusted annually according to the Consumer Price Index.
Who is eligible for Death Benefits for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members Killed in the Line of Duty? The Surviving Spouse, Children (under the age of 18 or until age 23 if still in college) or the Parents, (if there is no Surviving Spouse or Children) of a Pennsylvania National Guard Service member who dies from injuries received in the line of duty are eligible for the monthly income benefit.
Pennsylvania General Services, Claim for Death Benefits of a Public Safety Worker
Pennsylvania General Services, Report of Death for a Public Safety Worker
Pennsylvania Act 101 and 51 Claim Processing Checklist

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

Free Pennsylvania Fishing License for Severely Disabled Veterans: Severely disabled Veterans may be eligible for free Pennsylvania fishing licenses.
Who is eligible for Free Pennsylvania Fishing License for Severely Disabled Veterans? To qualify for a free fishing license, an applicant must be a resident of Pennsylvania and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have disability incurred in war or armed conflict consisting of:

    • Loss of one or more limbs

    • Loss of use of one or more limbs

    • Total blindness, or

  • 100% disabled as certified by the VA

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

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Discounted Pennsylvania Fishing License for Disabled Veterans: Partially disabled Veterans may be eligible for discounted Pennsylvania fishing licenses.
Who is eligible for Free Pennsylvania Fishing License for Severely Disabled Veterans? Resident disabled Veterans who has a service-connected disability rating between 60% - 99% (as determined by the VA), for injuries received during a time of war or armed conflict may purchase a reduced fee resident fishing license.

Discounted fishing licenses can be purchased 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

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Free Fishing License for Deployed Reserve Component Service Members: Pennsylvania offers a free fishing license to recently deployed reserve component Service members.
Disabled Veteran Fishing Who is eligible for Free Fishing License for Deployed Reserve Component Service Members? To be eligible Service members must meet all the following requirements and provide the appropriate documentation:

  • Pennsylvania resident Service member in the Pennsylvania National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve

  • Deployed overseas on federal active duty for 60 consecutive days or more (unless released early due to an injury or disease they received in the line of duty) within the previous 24 months

Licenses are available from county treasurer office (listed within Pennsylvania Fishing License Issuing Agents), or Fish and Boat Commission Offices.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission Directory

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Pennsylvania Resident Service Members Stationed outside Pennsylvania may Fish without a License: Active duty resident Service members who are stationed outside Pennsylvania can legally fish without a license while home on leave. two men fishing on a boat
Which Pennsylvania Resident Service Members Stationed outside Pennsylvania may Fish without a License? To be eligible Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Pennsylvania resident

  • Serving on active duty

  • Stationed outside Pennsylvania

  • In Pennsylvania on authorized leave

While fishing, the Service member must carry proof of Pennsylvania residency, their military ID, and leave papers showing duty assignment and leave status.

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Resident Fishing Privileges for Nonresident Active Duty Service Members Stationed in Pennsylvania: Nonresident Service members who are stationed in Pennsylvania under permanent change of station orders for six months or more can purchase a fishing license for the resident price.

Learn more about Resident Fishing Privileges for Nonresident Active Duty Service Members Stationed in Pennsylvania

Free Pennsylvania Resident Disabled Veteran Hunting and Furtaker Licenses: The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers free hunting and furtakers licenses to eligible disabled Veterans.
Who is eligible for Free Pennsylvania Resident Disabled Veteran Hunting and Furtaker Licenses? To qualify for a free hunting and furtakers licenses Veterans must be a resident of Pennsylvania and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Has disability incurred in war or armed conflict consisting of:

    • Loss of one or more limbs

    • Loss of use of one or more limbs, or

  • 100% disability rating as certified by the VA

  • Individually unemployable and compensated at the 100% rate by the VA

Veterans can apply at any County Treasurer or Game Commission office. Veterans must renew their license each year at the HuntFishPa website or any retail licensing agent. Each renewal includes one antlered deer tag, one fall turkey tag, one spring turkey tag and small game hunting privileges for one license year.
Pennsylvania County Treasurers Directory
Pennsylvania Game Commission Offices Directory

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Pennsylvania Resident Reduced Disabled Veteran Hunting and Furtakers Licenses: Resident Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating from the VA, between 60% and 99%, due to injuries or illness they received during a war or armed conflict can purchase a hunting or furtakers license for $2.97 each.

Veterans can apply at any County Treasurer or Game Commission office.
Pennsylvania County Treasurers Directory
Pennsylvania Game Commission Offices Directory

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Pennsylvania Resident Service Members Stationed Outside Pennsylvania may Purchase Reduced Cost Hunting Licenses: Resident active duty Service members who are stationed outside Pennsylvania can purchase reduced fee hunting licenses for $2.97.

This license includes one antlered deer tag, one fall turkey tag, one spring turkey tag and small game hunting privileges for one license year.
Who is eligible for Reduced Cost Hunting Licenses?
To qualify, Service members must meet all the following requirements and provide the appropriate documentation:

  • Resident of Pennsylvania

  • Currently serving on full time, active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces assigned outside Pennsylvania

  • On leave in Pennsylvania

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Reduced Fee Pennsylvania Hunting Licenses for Reserve Component Service Members: National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members who recently returned from a deployment can purchase general hunting licenses for $2.97. Only one license may be issued for each qualifying deployment.3 turkeys in the woods

This license includes one antlered deer tag, one fall turkey tag, one spring turkey tag and small game hunting privileges for one license year.
Who is eligible for Reduced Fee Pennsylvania Hunting Licenses for Reserve Component Service Members? To be eligible Service members must meet all the following requirements and provide the appropriate documentation:

  • Pennsylvania resident Service member in the Pennsylvania National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve

  • Deployed overseas on federal active duty for 60 consecutive days or more (unless released early due to an injury or disease they received in the line of duty) within the previous 24 months

Learn more about Reduced Fee Pennsylvania Hunting Licenses for Reserve Component Service Members

Reduced Fee Pennsylvania Hunting Licenses for Former Prisoners of War (POWs): Resident former POWs can purchase reduced fee hunting licenses for $2.97.
Who is eligible for Reduced Fee Pennsylvania Hunting Licenses for Former POWs: Reduced fee general hunting licenses are available to Pennsylvania residents who were declared POWs.

Applicants must provide a copy of orders showing they received the Prisoner of War Medal or their DD214 stating POW status, and proof of residency. This license is available only at County Treasurers and Game Commission offices.
Pennsylvania County Treasurers Directory
Pennsylvania Game Commission Offices Directory

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Pennsylvania Resident U.S. Armed Forces Antlerless Deer Licenses: Resident active duty Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces can purchase Antlerless Deer licenses for $6.97.
Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania Resident U.S. Armed Forces Antlerless Deer Licenses? To be eligible Service members must be a Pennsylvania resident serving on full-time active duty or within sixty days of receiving an honorable discharge. Service members are not required to be stationed outside of Pennsylvania. Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces called to full time federal active duty are eligible to apply.

Applicants may apply at any Pennsylvania County Treasurer in person or by mail.
Pennsylvania County Treasurers Directory

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Pennsylvania Resident Disabled Veteran Antlerless Deer Licenses: Resident disabled Veterans can purchase Antlerless Deer licenses for $6.97.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Resident Disabled Veteran Antlerless Deer Licenses? To be eligible Veterans must be Pennsylvania residents and have one of the following disabilities:

  • Has disability incurred in war or armed conflict consisting of:

    • Loss of one or more limbs

    • Loss of use of one or more limbs, or

  • 100% disability rating as certified by the VA

  • Individually unemployable and compensated at the 100% rate by the VA

Applicants may apply at any Pennsylvania County Treasurer in person or by mail.
Pennsylvania County Treasurers Directory

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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 Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to request information related to state benefits, programs and services offered. By Veterans Registry of Pennsylvaniaconnecting with DMVA, registrants can also opt-in to receive ongoing communications such as the weekly DMVA Digest with breaking news and other updates.

Registrations can be completed online at the “Learn more…” link below or the application can be downloaded and mailed to:

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
ATTN: Veterans Registry
Building 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003

DMVA, Pennsylvania Veterans Registry Application

Learn more about the Pennsylvania Veterans Registry

Pennsylvania Veterans Temporary Assistance: The Veterans Temporary Assistance Program provides temporary financial aid in an emergency to Veterans and their beneficiaries who live in Pennsylvania. This assistance can be used to cover the cost of food, shelter, fuel and clothing. If eligible, a Veteran or their beneficiary can qualify A picture containing military uniform, person, clothing, outdoorDescription automatically generatedfor up to $1,600 in a twelve-month period.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Veterans Temporary Assistance? Applicants must be a resident of Pennsylvania, who served in the U.S. Armed Forces or their unremarried Surviving Spouse. Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (other than for training) and received a discharge under honorable conditions, 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 VA

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 when:

    • Veteran has an immediate need for assistance that is essential and not due an inconvenience, or to purchase goods or services other than necessities

    • Caused by temporary loss of income due to sickness, disability, unemployment, natural or manmade disasters or other cause beyond their control

    • Caused by a temporary increase in costs or expenses beyond their control

  • Not receiving sufficient financial assistance from any state or federal agency

  • May be receiving food stamps and still qualify

  • Must show that other funds or resources are not available to address their needs

  • Must prove they have a clear immediate need for temporary assistance

To apply for this program or for more information, applicants should contact their local County Director of Veterans Affairs.
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

Learn more about Pennsylvania Veterans Temporary Assistance

Pennsylvania Blind Veterans Pension: Pennsylvania provides eligible blind Veterans a pension of $150 per month.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Blind Veterans Pension? To be eligible for the Pennsylvania Blind Veterans Pension, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Resident of Pennsylvania when they entered the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Suffered a service-connected injury or 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 should contact their local County Director of Veterans Affairs.
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

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Pennsylvania Amputee and Paralyzed Veteran Pension: Pennsylvania provides eligible Veterans who are amputees or paralyzed a pension of $150 per month.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Amputee and Paralyzed Veteran Pension? To be eligible for the Pennsylvania Amputee and Paralyzed Veteran Pension, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Resident of Pennsylvania at the time they entered the U.S. Armed Forces

  • 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 by the VA

To apply for this program or for more information, applicants should contact their local County Director of Veterans Affairs
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

Learn more about Pennsylvania Amputee and Paralyzed Veteran Pension

Military Family Relief Assistance Program insignia Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP): MFRAP provides financial grants to eligible resident Service members and their Families. The amount of a grant is based on proven financial need up to a maximum of $3,500. Examples of financial need include:

  • Sudden or unexpected loss of income, real or personal property, assets, or support directly related to military service, or emergency situations affecting the Service member

  • Emergency need for childcare that the applicant cannot afford

  • Natural or man-made disasters resulting in a need for food, shelter, or other necessities

  • Death or critical illness of a parent, Spouse, sibling, or Child resulting in immediate financial need for travel, lodging, or subsistence

Service members serving outside the U.S. must seek assistance through military channels for emergency travel before applying for MFRAP assistance. The Service member must provide a statement that assistance is not available, and why, signed by the first Lieutenant Colonel in their chain of command.

Who is eligible for MFRAP? Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Served 30 or more consecutive days on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Pennsylvania National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve

  • Served 30 or more consecutive days on state active duty

  • Service member in good standing in the Pennsylvania National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves for three years after completion of a qualifying tour of active duty and have a financial need directly related to their active duty service

  • Former Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces for four years after receiving a medical discharge for a disability they received in the line of duty that occurred during a qualifying tour of active duty and have an emergency financial need directly related their active duty service or as a result of their disability

  • Family members of eligible Service members in limited circumstances

Applications and required supporting document must be faxed or mailed to:

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs MFRAP
Building 9-26, Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003-5002
Fax: 717-861-9084

MFRAP Frequently Asked Questions
MFRAP Guidelines
MFRAP Brochure
MFRAP Application

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Pennsylvania County Burial Allowance: Pennsylvania counties provide a burial allowance to eligible Veterans and their Surviving Spouses. These amounts may vary by county. Honor GuardCounty burial allowances are provided whether the person died in the county or was buried in the county.
Who is eligible for the Pennsylvania County Burial Allowance? Veterans and their Surviving Spouses are eligible for the County Burial allowance. Applications for the burial allowance must be made within one year after the date of death. Contact the local County Director of Veterans Affairs for more information.
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

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Pennsylvania County Grave Markers: A county grave marker is provided free of charge to deceased Veterans.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania County Grave Markers? Deceased Pennsylvania resident Veterans are eligible for a county grave marker. The grave marker is provided by the county where the Veteran had legal residence at the time of death, regardless of which county the Veteran died in or where they will be buried. Contact the local County Director of Veterans Affairs for more information.
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

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Pennsylvania Government or Private Headstones Allowance: A county headstone allowances is provided by the county where a Veteran has legal residence. The headstone allowance is to assist the Veteran’s Family with the costs of purchasing or placing a government provided or individually purchased headstone in a private cemetery.
Who is eligible for Pennsylvania Government/Private Headstones Allowance? The Families of deceased Veterans are eligible for the headstone allowance. There is no time limit to apply for this benefit. Contact the local County Director of Veterans Affairs for more information.
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

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Exemption from Further Military Service and Jury Duty for some Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members: Any Pennsylvania National Guard Service member who served for nine years or served for nine months or a longer on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and was honorably discharged is exempt from further military service, except in case of war, invasion or insurrection.

Pennsylvania National Guard Service members are exempt from jury duty during their active duty service.

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Exemption from Arrest for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members: Pennsylvania National Guard Service members may not be arrested on any warrant, except for treason or a felony, while going to, at, or returning from their place of duty.

Learn more about Exemption from Arrest for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members

Recording of Discharge Certificates for Pennsylvania Veterans: U.S. Armed Forces discharge documents (Forms DD214, DD215, NGB22, etc.) are recorded free at the courthouse of the county seat. Each County has their own procedures, check with the local County Director of Veterans Affairs office or the county courthouse for more information. Free certified copies are available for Veterans and their next of kin.
Pennsylvania County Court Directory
County Director of Veterans Affairs Directory

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Exemption from Civil Process for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members: No civil process can be issued or enforced against any Service member in the Pennsylvania National Guard while they are on state active duty, or until 30 days after they have been released from active duty.

Learn more about Exemption from Civil Process for Pennsylvania National Guard Service Members

Pennsylvania State Veterans’ Homes: Pennsylvania offers Veterans six extended care facilities throughout the state. The Veterans’ Homes provide adult day health care, domiciliary care, memory care, personal care and skilled nursing care.

Services provided by the Veterans’ Homes include:

  • Furnished modern rooms

  • Complete medical services

  • Pharmacy services

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies

  • 24 hour Nursing care

  • Recreational activities

  • Social services

  • Religious services and spiritual guidance

  • Barber and beauty services

  • Transportation service

Pennsylvania Veterans’ Homes Locations:

Who is eligible for care at a Pennsylvania State Veterans’ Home? Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard and was discharged under honorable conditions

  • Resident of Pennsylvania when they entered the U.S. Armed Forces or a current resident (current residents receive priority)

  • Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Admissions are on a first-come, first-served basis

Only the original application with original signatures will be accepted. Applications and any required documentation must be mailed to:

Bureau of Veterans’ Homes
Attn: Admission’s Office
Building S-0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003-5002

Pennsylvania State Veterans' Home Admission Checklist
Pennsylvania Veterans’ Homes Application
Pennsylvania Veterans’ Homes Eligibility Requirements

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Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Cemetery: The Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Cemetery (also known as Veterans Memorial Cemetery), managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, provides a dignified final resting place for Pennsylvania Veterans. The cemetery is located on the campus of the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home and is Pennsylvania’s only state Veteran’s cemetery.
Who is eligible for Burial at the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Cemetery, (Veterans Memorial Cemetery)? To be eligible for burial the Veteran must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, or Pennsylvania National Guard and was released or discharged under honorable conditions. The Veteran must be a resident of the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home at the time of death to be eligible.

For more information please contact:

Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home
560 East Third Street
Erie, PA 16507
Phone: 814-871-4531
Email: RA-MVVA-HOMES@pa.gov

Learn more about the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Cemetery

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

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Building 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap

Annville, PA 17003-5002
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Phone Directory
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Online Contact Page

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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

U.S. 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, Office for Veterans Affairs

Pennsylvania Consolidated and Unconsolidated Statutes

Office of Personnel Management, Veterans Services

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Driver and Vehicle Services

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

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Bureau for Veterans Affairs Reference Handbook

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Document Review Date: 12 August 2022