|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
In the spirit of the holiday season, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) reminds us that this is a great time to give to programs that support our state’s veterans, active military and their families.
The Military Family Relief Assistance Program provides grants to eligible service members who have an immediate financial need based on circumstances beyond their control. This program is supported by donations from taxpayers who designate all or part of their state Personal Income Tax refund, and by those who donate online, or privately by mail.
The Veterans’ Trust Fund issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans service organizations and county directors of veteran’s affairs to help veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living. The program also issues temporary assistance grants to individual veterans that have qualifying financial needs. The grants are funded by residents who make a donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo identification card and renewing a motor vehicle registration, from proceeds generated by the sale of the “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate, and through private donations by mail.
The Residents’ Welfare Funds at the DMVA’s six veterans homes help to keep the residents active and healthy by providing activities, trips and entertainment. Donations are made online or through private donations by mail.
The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund, located at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, is the first in the commonwealth to honor veterans of all eras and is the largest veteran’s memorial located in any of the national cemeteries. Donations are accepted online or by mail to help fund the maintenance and repair of the memorial.
To make a donation online or by mail for any of these four tax-deductible programs, or to learn more about each one, go to www.donate.dmva.pa.gov
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office