DMVA-Specific COVID-19 Updates
The health and safety of Pennsylvania service members, veterans and their families is a top priority for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). To keep you updated during COVID-19, the DMVA has developed a list of resources that we hope you will find useful. We will add to this list as more resources become available.
(Updated April 2, 2020)
All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies.
To safeguard the health of the community due to COVID-19, all armory rentals and Keystone Conference Center rentals are cancelled, and we are no longer taking any bookings for rentals until further notice.
Questions? Contact DMVA.
County Directors of Veterans Affairs
Please call in advance to confirm whether or not a county office is open. Find County Director contact information here.
Disabled Veteran Real Estate Tax Exemption Program
These applications must be initiated by the local County Directors’ Office of Veteran Affairs. County Director contact information here.
Educational Gratuity Program
We anticipate that all April payments will be made on time for this program. For more information about this program visit DMVA's Educational Gratuity program website.
DMVA is hiring! The needs of Pennsylvania’s veterans do not diminish during this time, and DMVA needs staff to serve and care for our veterans at each of our six veterans homes. We have a significant need for RN’s, LPN’s and CNA’s to help care for America’s heroes. Working at one of our Homes is a rewarding career with great benefits. Get more information on ALL job openings at DMVA.
DMVA's Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) continues to process applications for Veterans Temporary Assistance and the Military Family Relief Assistance Program. Applications are initiated with the County Director of Veterans Affairs (CDVA). However, if the CDVA staff are not available due to a county office closure, the veteran may contact DMVA OVA directly at 800-547-2838 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for these programs are our priority as we understand that the current health climate may be creating emergent needs.
Fort Indiantown Gap
For the most up-to-date information about Fort Indiantown Gap – headquarters of the DMVA and the PA National Guard, visit the Fort Indiantown Gap website
All DMVA outreach events have been cancelled and none will be scheduled until after the need for social distancing has subsided.
PA National Guard
For the most up-to-date information, visit the Pennsylvania National Guard website
PA Veterans Homes
- Visitation: The health and safety of the residents and staff at our veterans homes is our No. 1 priority. To safeguard against COVID-19, we have instituted a restriction on visitors for the foreseeable future. The only exceptions will be in compassionate cases, when a resident’s health becomes severely critical. Family members and other loved ones are still welcome to communicate with residents through electronic or digital means. Additionally, families are encouraged to contact the clinical treatment teams at each home should they have any questions or concerns. Visit the Pennsylvania Veterans Homes website for updates.
- Admissions: Applications for residency are still being accepted at each home. In order to safeguard against COVID-19, for the time being individuals will only be added to a wait list until a time when the homes begin to allow new residents and there is a bed available that meets the specific needs of each applicant. For more information, including how to apply to a veterans home, please visit the Pennsylvania Veterans Homes website.
- Donate: We often receive questions from the community about how they can support our residents. As we safeguard the health of our residents due to COVID-19, we are placing extra emphasis on helping them to maintain a healthy lifestyle through fun and interactive activities. These activities are often funded through each home’s Resident Welfare Fund. Donate to a Veterans Home.
Pension Programs (Amputee & Paralyzed Veterans Pension / Blind Veterans Pension)
We anticipate that all April payments will be made on time for these two pension programs.
Records Request Program
If you need assistance in requesting military service records to include DD Form 214, DD Form 215, NGB Form 22, NGB Form 23, and other service-related documents please visit DMVA's Records Request program website
. Please remember that in order to receive programs and services you are entitled to because of your service, you must be able to verify your service with one of these official forms. Requests are being processed as they are received.
Service of Process during the COVID-19 Emergency
Designated POC: Deputy Chief Counsel Leonard Cowitch:
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State Veterans Commission (SVC)
The April 3, 2020, SVC meeting has been cancelled. DMVA remains in contact with the SVC membership and will provide the meeting materials for their review as scheduled.
Veterans in Crisis
Are you a veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Please call, text, or chat to connect with caring responders at the free and confidential Veterans Crisis Line. Responders are qualified to deal with any immediate crisis and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you are in a crisis and need to speak with a crisis responder:
- CALL: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1
- TEXT: 838255