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County Veterans Affairs
For information on all benefits that may be due you or your dependents and to obtain current local fees and eligibility requirements, contact the county Veterans Affairs Office at the following address and telephone number:

ALLEGHENY COUNTY
VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE
Division of Veteran Services
4141 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 621-4357


Compliments of
State Representative
Anita Astorino Kulik
45th Legislative District

DISTRICT OFFICE:
Coraopolis Office:
1350 5th Ave.
Coraopolis, PA 15108
(412) 264-4260
Fax: (412) 269-2767
http://www.pahouse.com/Kulik

 

VETERANS STATE BENEFITS

Veterans Emergency Assistance
Veterans, their widows, infants or dependants are provided up to three months of temporary, emergency financial assistance. The aid must be used for food, clothing, fuel or shelter. To be eligible, honorably discharged veterans must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during established war service dates or during hostile fire or terrorist attack in peacetime as determined by the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Upon the recent death of a veteran, the veteran's surviving spouse, children or parents may be eligible for assistance if the deceased veteran qualified prior to death and if the survivors meet dependent eligibility requirements. For information call (800) 54-PA-VET.

Real Estate Tax Exemption
Honorably discharged veterans who are residents of Pennsylvania and are certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as being 100 percent disabled from a wartime service are eligible for exemption from real estate taxes on a principal dwelling. The State Veterans Commission also must determine the need for the exemption. If the veteran dies, the exemption can pass onto the surviving spouse if he or she has not remarried. For information, call (800) 54-PA-VET.

Blind Veterans Pension
Honorably discharged veterans are eligible for Blind Veterans Pension of $150 a month. The veteran must have been a resident of Pennsylvania at the time of entering the Armed Forces and while performing service duties suffered an injury or incurred a disease which resulted in blindness. The blindness is described as having vision at 3/60 or 10/200 or less.  For information, call (800) 54-PA-VET.

Paralyzed Veterans Pension
Honorably discharged veterans are eligible for Paralyzed Veterans Pension of $150 a month. The veteran must have been a resident of Pennsylvania at the time of entering the Armed Forces. Veterans qualify if they are residents of the state now and if they suffered an injury or disease resulting in the loss of use of two or more extremities during a war conflict or hostilities during peacetime.  For information, call (800) 54-PA-VET.

Birth and Death Records
Certified copies of birth and death certificates are issued to veterans and their dependents without cost by the Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1528, 101 S. Mercer Street, New Castle, PA 16103. For information call (724) 656-3100.

Persian Gulf Veterans Bonus Program
Eligible current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the reserve or the Pennsylvania National Guard, or their beneficiaries may receive a one-time benefit of $75 for each month of active service in the first Persian Gulf War, up to $525. An additional $5,000 benefit is available for those who were a prisoner of war or died while on active service.

Veterans must have:

  • Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991
  • Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal for the same period
  • Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania during the time of active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations
  • Been honorably discharged, if not currently on active duty.

The deadline for submitting applications for this bonus is Aug. 31, 2015.

For more information or to obtain an application, visit the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website at http://www.DMVA.state.pa.us

EMPLOYMENT

Civil Service Preference
Honorably discharged veterans receiving a passing score on a Pennsylvania Civil Service examination are given an additional 10 points on initial appointment only. Widows of veterans and spouses of disabled service-connected veterans also are extended the same preferential rating. For information, contact the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission, P.O. Box 569, Harrisburg, PA 17108 or call (717) 783-3058.

Veterans Hiring
Veterans employment representatives are located throughout the state. The representatives will help veterans with job counseling and placement information. For information, contact your local PA CareerLink office.

State Retirement
Honorably discharged veterans employed by the state for three years or more may buy back their time spent in the U.S. Armed Forces (not to exceed five years) for retirement purposes. For information, contact your personnel department or the State Employees' Retirement System at (800) 633-5461. SERS will automatically connect you to the retirement counseling center in your county.

EDUCATION

Educational Gratuity
Payments of educational gratuities are given to children of honorably discharged veterans. To be eligible, veterans must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having wartime service-connected disabilities rated as totally or permanently disabling. Children of veterans who died in service during a war or armed conflict also are eligible. Children must be between 16 and 23, a resident of Pennsylvania for a period of five years immediately preceding the application date and attending a Pennsylvania school to be entitled to the gratuity. For information, call (800) 54-PA-VET.

Grants for Veterans and POW/MIA Dependents
Qualified veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for state grants while they are full-time undergraduate students. Veterans must comply with Pennsylvania's residency requirements and other requirements of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

Dependent children of members or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces who served on active duty after Jan. 31, 1955, who are or have been listed as missing in action or prisoners of war also are eligible for state grants. For more information, call PHEAA 9800) 692-7392.

TRANSPORTATION

Vehicle Registration for Disabled and Severely Disabled Veterans
Disabled and severely disabled veterans are eligible for special license plates if they are certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as being disabled as the result of a service injury. For information, call (800) 932-4600.

Purple Heart Recipients or Ex-Prisoner of War Vehicle Registration
Any former POW or Purple Heart recipient may apply for this special red, white and blue license plate. Veterans will need certification of imprisonment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For information, call (800) 932-4600.

Parking Placard for Disabled Veterans
Disabled veterans may receive free parking placards for their vehicles which would allow them to park in spaces designated for handicapped persons. To be eligible for a parking placard, veterans must have a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs explaining the nature and extent of their disability. For information, call (800) 932-4600.

Driver's License Veteran Designation
Veterans may get their veteran designation listed on their driver's license. Qualified applicants include those who have received a DD214 or equivalent for service in the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard. There is no extra fee for the designation, besides the normal fee for a new license. For more information, visit http://www.dmv.state.pa.us or call your state representative.

RECREATION

Free Fishing Licenses
Disabled veterans are eligible for a free fishing license if they meet certain criteria.

They must be a Pennsylvania resident who is disabled as the result of an armed conflict or war injury consisting of a loss of, or loss of use of one or more limbs, total blindness or certified by the U.S. Veterans Administration as being 100 percent disabled.

Eligible veterans can obtain more information about the free fishing license at the county treasurer's office or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106, or by calling (717) 705-7800.

Applicants should have their VA certification, discharge papers and proof of wartime service.

Physicians certificate of disability is not acceptable.

Free Hunting Licenses
Disabled veterans are eligible for a free fishing license if they meet certain criteria.

They must be a Pennsylvania resident who is disabled as the result of an armed conflict or war injury consisting of a loss of, or loss of use of one or more limbs or certified by the U.S. Veterans Administration as being 100 percent disabled.

Eligible veterans can obtain more information about the free hunting license at the county treasurer's office or the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110, or by calling (717) 787-4250. Applicants should have their physician's certificate, discharge papers and proof of wartime service.

Guaranteed Antlerless Deer License
Disabled veterans who are Pennsylvania residents can obtain an antlerless deer license even if a county has allocated all of its licenses.

The fee for the license is the same as the fee for a regular or military antlerless deer license. The difference here is that disabled veterans are guaranteed a license.

Contact your county treasurer's office for more information.

 
 
 
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