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​PA VETConnect

Welcome to PA VETConnect - the pathway to a better means of serving Pennsylvania’s nearly 800,000 veterans. The objectives of PA VetConnect are simple: determine the needs of veterans and their beneficiaries, find resources that meet those needs, and connect veterans with those resources. DMVA has staff living and working in communities across the commonwealth who are doing just that on a daily basis.

Through PA VETConnect, veteran advocates have access to the commonwealth’s premier information and referral database, compiled specifically to improve the lives of service members, veterans, and their families. The free database is populated with valuable information and resources that will help County Directors of Veterans Affairs and other veteran advocates facilitate delivery of the best possible services to veterans, their families and their beneficiaries. Resource areas include benefits, employment, financial assistance, mental wellness and substance use, post-traumatic stress, and more.

If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact your County Veterans Affairs Office or another accredited Veteran Services Officer. They can help you understand and connect to the benefits, programs and services you have earned through your service to our nation.

Making VETConnections

A Pennsylvania VetConnect Regional Outreach Program Coordinator (RPOC) covering central and eastern Pennsylvania connected with a PA Link coordinator and Lancaster VET Center staff to assist an Army Reservist with a Veterans Temporary Assistance (VTA) grant application. This collaboration provided an opportunity for the RPOC to educate others about the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and its VTA grant program. Most importantly, this connection resulted in the Reservist receiving approval for the $1,600 VTA grant within three days to help with a financial need.

Details about Dmva's vta program can be found at:
DMVA's Veterans Temporary Assistance Program Page

An Army veteran living in a homeless shelter in Allegheny County needed a bicycle to commute back and forthe to college classes. Veterans Place, the homeless shelter where the veteran resided, reached out to a Pennsylvania VetConnect Regional Outreach Program Coordinator (RPOC) covering western Pennsylvania for assistance. The RPOC conneccted the veteran to It's About the Warrior Foundation. Thanks to this connection, the veteran was presented with a bicyle the very next day, purchased by the non-profit organization. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs provides Veterans' Trust Fund (VTF) grants to organizations that work with homeless veterans.

More information on the vtf grants can be found at:
Veterans' Trust Fund Grants 

A 95-year-old WWII Navy veteran from Allegheny County was trying to apply for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) Real Estate Tax Exemption, but needed assistance filling out the form and was not having any luck finding help. The veteran reached out to a Pennsylvania VetConnect Regional Outreach Program Coordinator (RPOC) who covers western Pennsylvania. The RPOC personally assisted the veteran with completing the application, which was submitted to Allegheny County Veteran Services for processing. The veteran was grateful for the assistance.

Details about Dmva's Real estate tax exemption benefit can be found at:
Real Estate Tax Exemption

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