Veteran’s Affairs

Dear Veterans:

The Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office is pleased to share this valuable resource list with you.  Listed below are several websites that can help you in a number of ways.  The subjects they deal with range from rental assistance, grants, furniture, and rehabilitation to home repairs, human services, homelessness, financial services and emergency relief.

Our staff hopes this information will be a great help to you.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office to: go over the information on this resource list; see what site(s) may be the best for you; or discuss any other needs/issues that you may have.


Veteran’s Financial Assistance Resources


APPLICATION FOR BURIAL EXPENSES FOR A DECEASED SERVICE VETERAN

Click here for application | County Burial Benefit


Armed Forces Reserve Family Assistance Fund

http://www.afrfaf.org/


MFRAP DMVA Grants

http://www.dmva.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/military_family_relief_assistance_program_%28mfrap%29/18855


Armed Forces Foundation

http://www.armedforcesfoundation.org/index.php


PA Wounded Warriors Fund set up by late MG Sajer  (disabled vets)Grants

http://pawoundedwarriors.com/


Army Emergency Relief

http://www.aerhq.org/dnn563


Air Force Aid Society

http://www.afas.org/


Navy-Marine Corp Relief Soc

http://nmcrs.org/


Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

http://cgmahq.org/


Salvation Army

http://salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf


Red Cross

http://www.redcross.org/


American Legion   PA Headquarters - (717-730-9100 )

http://www.legion.org/


VFW

http://www.vfw.org/


Keystone Wounded Warriors

http://keystonewarriors.com/


Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation

http://www.paveteransfoundation.org/


Utility Bill Assistance

http://www.utilitybillassistance.com/html/pennsylvania_utility_bill_assi.html


Rent Assistance 

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD


Mortgage and Foreclose 

http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/pages/default.aspx


Homeless info in Pennsylvania

http://www.hud.gov/local/index.cfm?state=pa&topic=homeless


National Collation for Homeless Veterans

http://www.nchv.org/veterans.cfm

1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) if you’re a homeless veteran, the Veterans Administration offers safe housing, job opportunities, and health care options.


Habitat for Humanity Dauphin County

http://www.harrisburghabitat.org/programs/Home%20Repair/FrequentlyAskedQuestions.html


American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA)

www.legion.org/financialassistance


American Military Family

http://www.amf100.org/


American Solider Foundation

http://www.soldierfoundation.org/


Disabled American Veterans

http://www.dav.org/


Home Front Cares

http://www.thehomefrontcares.org/


Impact a Hero

http://www.impactahero.org/


Mercy for Me

http://www.mercyforme.org/


Wounded Warrior Project

http://www.familyofavet.com/wounded_warrior_project.html


Brave Aid

http://braveaid.org/


Marine Corps League

http://www.mcleague.com/mdp


Arming Heroes

http://www.armingheroes.org/  - (Grants for Vets in Debt)


Semper Fi Fund

http://www.semperfifund.org/


Operation Finally Home

http://www.babasupport.org/


Homeowners Assistance Program 


On March 6, 2012, the President announced two steps to provide significant housing relief to thousands of service members and veterans who have faced wrongful foreclosure or been denied a lower interest rate on their mortgages. While the announcement outlines additional avenues for service members to pursue benefits, it does not expand the benefits provided under the Expanded Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP), established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or change the eligibility requirements of the HAP. More details regarding this announcement can be viewed at:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/06/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-new-steps-provide-housing-relief-ve


Return the Favor


Partnership with Wolfe’s Furniture and ABC 27 WHTM-TV called “Return the Favor” furniture to a needy and/or disabled vet.

http://www.abc27.com/Global/category.asp?c=221883


The Home Depot has a longstanding commitment to the military and veteran communities and has been recognized as one of the top ten military employers by The Department of Defense. In April, 2011, The Home Depot’s Foundation announced a special focus on serving veterans with a three-year, $30 million initiative to address their critical housing needs. In June 2012, the National Housing Conference named The Home Depot Foundation as their “Housing Person of the Year.”

http://www.homedepotfoundation.org/  | 770-384-3889 | 1-866-593-7019  Toll Free


More Resources


Residents of Lackawanna County are appreciative of the service of their veterans, for without them we would not have our freedom.

In an effort to show our gratitude, the government of Lackawanna County has formed a Veterans’ Affairs Office whose sole responsibility is to offer services and benefits for Lackawanna County veterans and their families.

Here are some of the needs we can assist with: Death Benefits, Pension Benefits, Disability Benefits, Tax Exemption for 100% disabled veterans, Help get discharge papers and service records (DD-214), Government Headstones and markers, Homeless veterans assistance, and many more.


This site is for veterans and families to sign up with the Department of Veterans Affairs and is a way to track the VA claims status.

http://www.ebenefits.va.gov


DD214 Requests

www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/ 

*** There is a service FEE of $15.00 for discharges prior to 62 years from today’s date!***


VA General Information Website

www.vba.va.gov


PA VETERANS AFFAIRS WEBSITE

www.milvet.state.pa.us/DMVA/163.htm


VETERANS AFFAIRS NEWS RELEASES 

www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/index.cfm


VA Kids

www.va.gov/kids/


Homes For Our Troops

www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer


PA National Guard OEF-OIF

www.lehighcounty.org/human/hs.cfm?doc=ve_PANationalGurardOEF-OIF.htm


Veterans in Business

www.vetbiz.gov/


OIF/OEF

www.oefoif.va.gov/


Services for Older Pennsylvanians

www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/LongTermLiving/


Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus Program.


Full information is available at PERSIAN GULF VETERANS BONUS PROGRAM.
Submit completed applications to the Lackawanna Veterans’ Affairs Office, 507 Linden Street Suite 301, Scranton, PA 18503. Any questions may be directed to Veterans Affairs 570.963.6778 or via e-mail.


Return to Honor – Recognition, Reunion, Reintegration


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Administrative Contacts


Robert Tuffy, Director
Phone: 963-6778
Fax: 963-6418
E-mail: tuffyr@lackawannacounty.org

Anissa Fetchen
Veterans’ Service Officer
Phone: 963-6778
Fax: 963-6418
E-mail: fetchena@lackawannacounty.org

David Eisele
Veterans’ Service Officer
Phone: 963-6778
Fax: 963-6418
Email: eiseled@lackawannacounty.org

Steuart Bailey
Veterans’ Office Assistant
Phone: 963-6778
Fax: 963-6418
Email: baileys@lackawannacounty.org


Location


Lackawanna County Department Of Veterans Affairs
507 Linden Street Suite 301
Scranton, PA 18503