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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

More information about the VTA program can be found here: Veterans Temporary Assistance

​An Army veteran from Crawford County who lost his job due to Covid-19 was facing a financial hardship. The veteran reached out to the Pennsylvania VETConnect Regional Outreach Program Coordinator (RPOC) covering north western Pennsylvania for assistance. The RPOC assisted the veteran with obtaining and completing an application for a Veterans Temporary Assistance (VTA) grant. The veteran quickly received a grant of $1,600. The RPOC also helped the veteran to connect with other resources to help with groceries, employment and other needs. The veteran soon found a new job. 

More information about the vta program can be found here:
DMVA's Veterans Temporary Assistance Program Page



A Pennsylvania VETConnect Regional Outreach Program Coordinator (RPOC) covering western Pennsylvania received a call for assistance from the daughter of a Vietnam veteran living in Allegheny County. The veteran is a former Marine who received a bad conduct discharge and was having difficulty finding helpful resources for daily living. The RPOC helped to connect the veteran to the Vet Center for PTSD counseling. The RPOC also helped the veteran file for a discharge upgrade, a process that took 10 months. The upgrade was granted, making the veteran eligible for VA healthcare and disability benefits. The veteran was then connected to a county director of veterans affairs to start his VA disability benefits package.

Contact information for county directors can be found here:
County Director of Veterans Affairs

A Marine veteran living in Delaware County needed assistance to pay his rent and reached out to the Pennsylvania VETConnect Regional Outreach Program Coordinator (RPOC) covering the Philadelphia area. The RPOC had previously formed a relationship with the Marine Corps League of PA through PA VETConnect and was able to connect the veteran to their organization. Thanks to this connection, the Marine Corps League was able to issue a check directly to the veteran’s apartment complex to pay his rent.

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

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