STATE BENEFITS                                  
Pennsylvania Veterans Service Officer Support
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs works with its partners to ensure advocacy for all Pennsylvania veterans.
The Veteran Service Officer support system consists of United States Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Representatives hosted by Veteran Service Organizations, County and State government. Most representatives are recognized by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary for preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the USDVA.
Seeking benefits from the USDVA without proper representation can be difficult to say the least. Understanding the complex rules, laws and evidence requirements can be very technical and confusing. We strongly recommend that no veteran attempt to navigate this system without proper representation and assistance of an accredited representative or organization.
Veteran Service Officers serve as the veterans’ assigned representative at no cost to the veteran. They help identify what evidence is required in the claim process. They monitor the process of the claim through the adjudication process and intercede on the veteran’s behalf if problems arise. They review decisions made by the USDVA to ensure veterans receive the full benefits for which entitled.
County Veteran Service Officers
All 67 counties in Pennsylvania are authorized a County Director of Veteran Affairs (CDVA) by county code. Most are accredited by the USDVA and either by the state service organization or a veteran service organization, or both. Most are active members of the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veteran Affairs and many are also members of the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers. CDVA provide advocacy to veterans, service members and veteran families to assist them in any veteran program or benefit.
Chartered Veteran Service Organizations
Many Veteran Service Organizations in Pennsylvania provide Veteran Service Officer Representatives who prepare, present and prosecute claims for benefits upon behalf of veterans and family members with the USDVA. You do not normally have to be a member of the specific organization to receive service from them. To contact an Accredited Representative click on the link below:                                                       
State Service Officers
Pennsylvania operates its own Veteran Service Organization with three field offices. State Veteran Service Officers provide representation of claims submitted by CDVA service officers as well as individual veteran representation. The state service officer program works in harmony with the USDVA Regional Offices, Veteran Service Organizations and all veteran advocates assisting veterans to obtain all county, state and federal benefits.

Burial & Memorial Benefits                                              
Burial Allowance County burial allowances are provided to veterans and spouses of deceased veterans as indicated in the County Code. The allowance is provided whether or not the person died in the county or was buried in the county. Application for the burial allowance must be made within one year after the date of his or her death
Government / Private Headstone
County headstone allowances are provided for qualified veterans as indicated in the County Code. The one-time expense shall be borne by the county in which the veteran had legal residence at the time of death, whether or not the veteran died in the county or was buried in the county. There is no time limit to apply for this benefit
Grave Marker A county grave marker is provided to deceased veterans as indicated in the County Code. The initial grave marker is provided free of charge by the county in which the deceased service person had legal residence at the time of death, whether or not the veteran died in the county or was buried in the county. The county in which the veteran is buried may replace future replacements or deteriorated or missing markers                                           
Disability Benefits 
VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
State Blind Veterans Pension
State Paralyzed Veterans Pension
State Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program
Application for Disabled Veteran, Severely Disabled Veteran, Registration Plate or Severely Disabled Veteran Motorcycle Plate Decal
Person With Disability Parking Placard Application
Free Resident Disabled Veteran Licenses (hunting, furtaker and lifetime)
Resident Disabled Lifetime Hunting License Application
Free Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
Fishing License Information for Disabled Veterans
Free National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
Legislation on Free POW Resident Fishing Licenses
VA Specially Adapted Housing Program
VA Adapted Housing Application
GSA Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business 
Job Accomodation Network 
Education Benefits                                
GI Bill Information
Educational Gratuity Program
Defense Activity For Non-Traditional Educaton Support (DANTES)
Montgomery GI Bill Information
Fiancial Aid for Veterans and National Guard Members
Special Grants to Children of Soldiers Declared POW/MIA
Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program
Scholarships For Military Children
State Grants and Other Financial Aid For Veterans
Troops to Teachers Program
PA Division of Veterans/Military Education
Operation Recognition
Employment Benefits                                      
GSA Disabled Small Business
SBA Office of Veterans Business Development
Veterans Business Outreach Center
Veterans Preference in Federal Civil Service Employment Page
National Guard Technician Retirement Benefits
U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans Preference
TA Online
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Information
Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS)
Veterans' Preference on Classified Service Employment Lists
PA State Civil Service Act
PA State Civil Service Rules
Veterans Employment Representatives
State Retirement
Purchasing Credit for Active Duty Military Service Time

Health Benefits 
Agent Orange
Army Behavioral Health


Pharmacy Benefits

VA Clinical Practice Guidelines

Deployed Medical Research LINK

Gulf War Illness

VA Health Benefits Eligibility

US Army Hooah for Health

Persian Gulf Illness

TRICARE Military Health System

DOD TRICARE Policy for Active Reserves

VA Environmental Agents Service

VA Health Care Information
VA Health Services Research & Development
Housing Benefits                        
VA Home Loan Guarantee Program
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Loans

Veterans Get Boost from New PA Housing Finance Agency Home Loan Rules (Press Release)

Maximum Purchase Price and Income Limits

Participating Lenders
Persian Gulf Bonus                            
On April 24, 2006, Governor Edward Rendell signed House Bill 1820 into law as Act 29 of 2006. This Bill establishes the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Benefit Act. On November 7, 2006, Pennsylvania voters gave overwhelming approval to a ballot question to fund the program. The bond issue created a fund for the payment of compensation to, or on behalf of, eligible current and former members of the United States Armed Forces, a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces, or the Pennsylvania National Guard.
The deadline for submitting applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Benefit Program is August 31, 2015.
Veterans Emergency Assistance
Purpose: Provides financial aid in an emergency and on a temporary basis (not to exceed three months in a 12-month period) to veterans and their beneficiaries who reside in Pennsylvania for the necessities of life (food, dairy, shelter, fuel and clothing).
Veteran's eligibility criteria: 
An honorably discharged veteran.

Served during established war service dates as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
**The following decorations can also be used to establish wartime service:

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Navy Expeditionary MedalMust be a Pennsylvania resident.Unexpected loss of income within 180 days of application through no fault of the individual.May not be on Public Assistance.Must have a financial need.

Upon the recent death of a veteran, their spouse or orphaned children are eligible provided the veteran would have qualified prior to his/her death.


Veteran Bonus

Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1991, can apply for a bonus from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2015. The bonus pays $75 a month, up to a maximum of $525, for those who served in Operation Desert Shield or Operation Desert Storm. 



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