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How to support veterans this holiday season

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Cassie Miller, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
December 15, 2023

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is encouraging Pennsylvanians to support the Commonwealth’s 800,000 veterans and their families through several statewide programs this year. 

“By supporting one of these programs, you are letting those who served know that Pennsylvania appreciates their service and sacrifices in protecting our nation and commonwealth,” Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA, said in a statement. 

Pennsylvanians can make tax-deductible donations to the following veteran-support programs this holiday season: 

  • Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF): The VTF issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs to help veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living. The VTF also issues temporary assistance grants to individual veterans who have qualifying financial needs. 
  • How to help: Pennsylvanians can donate to VTF when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo identification card and renewing a motor vehicle registration, from purchasing the “Honoring Our Veterans and Honoring Our Women Veterans” license plates, and by donating online or by mail.
  • Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP): The MFRAP provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members who have an immediate financial need based on circumstances beyond their control. 
  • How to help: Pennsylvanians can support this program in three ways: by designating all or part of their Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax refund to the MFRAP, and by donating online or by mail.
  • Six Resident Welfare Funds: Resident Welfare Funds at each of the DMVA’s six veterans homes help to keep the residents active and healthy by providing activities and entertainment. The six Pennsylvania veterans homes and their locations are: Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home in Philadelphia; Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton; Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home in Hollidaysburg; Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Erie; Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Spring City; and Southwestern Veterans’ Center in Pittsburgh.
  • How to help: Donations can be made online or through private donations by mail.
  • Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund: Located at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, and maintained by the DMVA, the recently refurbished Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial is the first in the commonwealth to honor veterans of all eras from the Revolutionary War forward and it is the largest veterans memorial located in any of the national cemeteries. 
  • How to help: Donations are accepted online or by mail to help maintain and repair the memorial.

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