Pennsylvania Veterans Benefits
Information obtained from PA Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.
Veterans’ emergency assistance provides financial aid in an emergency on a temporary basis (not to exceed a three month period) to veterans, their widows, infant children, or dependents who reside in Pennsylvania for the necessities of life (food, dairy, fuel & clothing). An honorably discharged veteran must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States during established war service dates or during peacetime hostile fire or terrorist attack as determined by the Department of Military Affairs. Upon recent death of a veteran, his widow or orphan children are eligible provided the veteran would have qualified prior to his/her death. Contact us for application and assistance.
Payment of Educational Gratuities are for children of honorably discharged veterans who have been certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having wartime service-connected disabilities rated as totally and permanently disabling or children of veterans who die or died in service during a period of war or armed conflict. Children must be between the ages of sixteen (16) through twenty-three (23), living within this Commonwealth five (5) years prior to the application and must attend a school within this Commonwealth to be eligible for this Educational Gratuity. Contact us for application and assistance.
REAL ESTATE TAX EXEMPTION
Any honorably discharged veteran who is a resident of the Commonwealth shall be exempt from the payment of all real estate taxes levied upon any building, including the land upon which it stands, occupied by him as his principal dwelling, provided that as a result of wartime military service the veteran has a 100% service-connected disability rating by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; that such dwelling is owned by him solely or jointly with his spouse (an estate by the entirety) and the FINANCIAL NEED for exemption from payment of real estate taxes has been determined by the State Veterans Commission. Upon death of the qualified veteran, the exemption passes on to the unmarried surviving spouse if the need can be shown. Contact us for application and assistance.
BLIND VETERANS’ PENSION
Provides for a pension of $150 per month for a person who served in the military or naval forces of the United States or a women’s organization officially connected therewith, who gave the Commonwealth as his/her place of residence when entering the military and while performing duties connected with the service, suffered an injury or incurred a disease which resulted in loss of vision so that the visual acuity with the best correcting lens is 3/60 or 10/200 or equivalent, or less normal vision in the better eye. Less normal vision than 3/60 or 10/200, or equivalent includes circumstances where the widest diameter of the visual field of the better eye has contracted to such an extent that it subtends an angular distance of not greater than 20 degrees. The term does not include a person separated from the military or naval forces of the United States or a women’s organization officially connected therewith under other than honorable conditions. Contact us for application and assistance.
PARALYZED VETERANS’ PENSION
Provides for a pension of $150 per month for any person separated under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States, who gave the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as his/her place of residence at time of entering the military or naval forces of the United States. Veterans qualify for the pension if they suffered an injury or disease resulting in the loss or loss of use of two or more extremities (arms/hands or legs/feet) during an established period of war or armed conflict or as a result of hostilities during combat-related activities in peacetime. Contact us for application and assistance.
STATE VETERANS HOMES
Pennsylvania operates seven Veterans Homes throughout the Commonwealth. Veterans must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States or Pennsylvania Military Forces, and have been released from service under honorable conditions. The veteran must be a bona fide resident of this Commonwealth upon making application. Applications are processed on a “first come, first serve” basis. For information or application contact us, one the following homes, or Department of Military and Veterans Affairs directly:
Hollidaysburg Veterans Home
P.O. Box 319
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-0319
Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home
560 E. Third Street
Erie, PA 16512-6239
Southeastern Veterans Center
One Veterans Drive
Spring City, PA 19475-1230
Gino J. Merli Veterans Center
401 Penn Avenue
Scranton, PA 18530-1239
Southwestern Veterans Center
7060 Highland Drive
Pittsburg, PA 15206-1259
Delaware Valley Veterans Home
2701 Southampton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1205
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
GRANTS FOR VETERANS AND POW/MIA DEPENDENTS
Please call toll free: 1-800-692-7435 for information.
CIVIL SERVICE PREFERENCE
For information, please contact the: Civil Service Commission P.O. Box 569 Harrisburg, PA 17120-0569 Tel: 717-787-6039
BIRTH AND DEATH RECORDS
Records are available free of charge to veterans. For information please contact: Division of Vital Records Central Building, Ste. 401 101 S. Mercer St. New Castle, PA 16101 Tel: 724-656-3100 http://www.state.pa.us/
VEHICLE REGISTRATION FOR SEVERELY DISABLED VETERANS
Applications for any special license plates/parking placards can be obtained from the County Director of Veterans Affairs, any state Bureau for Veterans Affairs Office, or by calling the Department of Transportation at 800.932.4600. Applications may also be obtained via the PA DMV Website
Veterans’ employment representatives are located throughout the Commonwealth at Career Link Job Centers to assist with job counseling and placement information. The Career Link Job center in Cumberland County is located at 1 Alexander Spring Rd., Carlisle, PA 17013. The Veterans Employment representative can be reached at 717.243.4431, ext. 212.
FREE FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSES FOR CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS
Certain disabled veterans are eligible for free fishing and hunting licenses. Application can be made at the Cumberland County Treasurer’s Office in the County Courthouse in Carlisle, PA.