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​PA Veterans Homes-Specific
COVID-19 Updates

The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ highest priority has been, and remains, the health and safety of the nearly 1,300 residents we serve and the dedicated staff who serve them. Please review the information below to learn how our six Veterans Homes continue to serve Pennsylvania veterans during COVID-19.

(Updated Sept. 21, 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions

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Status Report

Status Report

As of Sept. 17, throughout our system of six veterans homes: 83 staff have tested positive for COVID-19; 149 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (of which 44 are confirmed COVID-19 deaths).

The PA Dept. of Health has released data on the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths at long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania at the bottom of this page. The data provides the number of cases, number of employee cases, and the number of deaths that have occurred at each facility.

Other General Veterans Home Information


Applications for residency are still being accepted at each home, but in order to safeguard against COVID-19, at this time individuals will only be added to a WAITLIST 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.

Contact Us

    • Toll free – 1-800-547-2838
    • Email –
    • Mail – Bureau of Veterans Homes, Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002


DMVA is grateful for all the well wishes we are receiving for not only the residents at our six veterans homes, but for the staff who care for them. Many are asking how they can volunteer or what to donate to help. Here are some details:
    • Personal Protective Equipment Donations: DMVA’s six veterans homes are accepting donations of personal protective equipment such as: medical/surgical masks, washable homemade masks, face shields, goggles, washable surgical gowns, hand sanitizer and vinyl gloves. You can donate these items by contacting each Home directly to coordinate a drop-off:
      • Delaware Valley Veterans' Home (Philadelphia County), 215-856-2846
      • Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center (Lackawanna County), 570-961-4380
      • Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home (Blair County), 814-696-5371
      • Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home (Erie County), 814-878-4961
      • Southeastern Veterans’ Center (Chester County), 610-948-2418
      • Southwestern Veterans' Center (Allegheny County), 412-665-6790

    • Monetary Donations: 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


The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is hiring nurses, offering competitive pay, benefits and opportunities to grow. As a Commonwealth employee, you will embark on a rewarding career and make a difference in the lives of veterans! Apply today!

Reopening Plans

As DMVA's six Veterans Homes begin implementing plans for reopening, it is imperative that everyone is aware and remains vigilant in following the policies, rules, and regulations in place to continue to protect our residents and staff. We have posted links below for your information and review.

Overarching Plan

Reopening Time Table (NOTE: The information provided in this table is accurate as of Sept. 21, 2020, and is subject to change based on current circumstances. The information will be updated weekly in an attempt to provide the most current information on the Veterans Homes Reopening).

Bureau of Veterans Homes Reopening Plan (NOTE: The information provided on this page is accurate as of Sept. 21, 2020, and is subject to change based on current circumstances. 

Veterans Homes Skilled Nursing Specific Implementation Plans for Reopening

Veterans Homes Personal Care Specific Implementation Plans for Reopening

Report A Concern
We take the concerns of our residents, their families and staff very seriously. If you ever feel that you are not being treated appropriately, we want to hear from you. We have compiled this list of resources to help you have a voice, so please don’t hesitate to speak up!

Service of Process during the COVID-19 Emergency

Designated POC: Deputy Chief Counsel Leonard Cowitch:
Phone: 717-861-8503
Email Resource Account:


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. Family members and other loved ones are still welcome to communicate with residents through electronic or digital means. Additionally, a residents’ Representative or Power of Attorney is 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.


We genuinely thank you for your interest, but the use of volunteers at our veterans homes has been suspended during COVID-19.

Other DMVA COVID-19 Updates

For details visit the DMVA-Specific COVID-19 Updates web page.