Pennsylvania State Veteran's Benefits
- Housing Benefits
- Financial Benefits
- Employment Benefits
- Education Benefits
- Recreation Benefits
- Other State Sponsored Veteran Benefits
State Veterans Homes
The State of Pennsylvania runs six Veterans Homes:
- The Delaware Valley Veterans Home in Philadelphia
- The Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Scranton
- The Hollidaysburg Veterans Home
- The Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Erie
- The Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City
- The Southwestern Veterans Center in Pittsburgh
An applicant shall be an eligible veteran, spouse or surviving spouse of an eligible veteran. An "eligible veteran" is defined as an individual who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States or the Pennsylvania Military Forces and was discharged under honorable conditions.An applicant shall be a bona fide resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the eligible veteran or spouse of an eligible veteran for who the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is his/her home of record upon entry into the Armed Forces of the United States or the Pennsylvania Military Forces. Current residents have priority, however, in admission. A resident of a state veterans home shall be required to make monthly payments against maintenance fee liability in accordance with the resident's ability to pay.
Military retirement pay is not taxed. Active duty pay earned outside Pennsylvania is not taxed.
Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans' Bonus Program
The Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans' Bonus pays eligible Pennsylvania residents $75 per month served in the Persian Gulf Theatre of Operations (maximum benefit $525) during the Persian Gulf War, August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1991. The deadline for submitting applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program is August 31, 2018.
Veterans Emergency Assistance
Provides temporary financial aid to Veterans and their beneficiaries who reside in Pennsylvania for the necessities of life (food, shelter, fuel, clothing and medical expenses). If eligible, a Veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for an amount not to exceed $1,600 in a twelve month period.
Military Family Relief Assistance Program
Provides emergency financial assistance to eligible PA service members and their eligible family members, and must have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control.
Real Estate Tax Exemption
Any honorably discharged veteran who is a resident of the Commonwealth shall be exempt from the payment of all real estate taxes levied upon any building, including the land upon which it stands, occupied by him as his principal dwelling, provided that as a result of wartime military service the veteran has a 100% service-connected disability rating by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; that such dwelling is owned by him solely or jointly with his spouse (an estate by the entirety); and that the financial need for the exemption from the payment of real estate taxes has been determined by the State Veterans' Commission. Upon the death of the qualified veteran, the exemption passes on to the unmarried surviving spouse if the financial need can be shown.
Blind Veterans Pension
Provides for a pension of $150.00 per month for a person who served in the military or naval forces of the United States, or women's organization officially connected therewith, who gave the Commonwealth as his/her place of residence when entering the military and while performing duties connected with the service, suffered an injury or incurred a disease which resulted in loss of vision so that the visual acuity with the best correcting lens is 3/60 or 10/200 or equivalent, or less normal vision in the better eye. Less normal vision than 3/60 or 10/200, or equivalent, includes circumstances where the widest diameter of the visual field of the better eye has contracted to such an extent that it subtends an angular distance of not greater than 20 degrees. The term does not include a person separated from the military or naval forces of the United States or a women's organization officially connected therewith under other than honorable conditions.
Paralyzed Veterans Pension
Provides for a pension of $150.00 per month for any person separated under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States, who gave the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as his or her place of residence at time of entering the military or naval forces of the United States, and who currently resides in Pennsylvania. Veterans qualify for the pension if they suffered an injury or disease resulting in the loss or loss of use of two or more extremities (arms/hands or legs/feet).
Veterans' Preference For State Jobs
Honorably discharged veterans who served on active duty since August 2, 1990; spouses of disabled veterans, and surviving spouses of disabled veterans can get 10 additional points on their final earned ratings, provided they pass the examination and will get mandatory appointment preference over non-veterans when their names appear together within the Rule-of-Three on certifications.
Honorably discharged Veterans employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a period of at least three years may be eligible to purchase retirement credit for active duty military time.
Payment of educational gratuities are for children of honorably discharged veterans who have been certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having wartime service-connected disabilities rated as totally and permanently disabled or children of veterans who die or have died of war service-connected disabilities or died in service during a period of war or armed conflict. Children must be between the ages of 16 and 23, living within the Commonwealth five years prior to application and must attend a school within the Commonwealth to be entitled to this educational gratuity. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, the maximum gratuity amount is $500 per semester.
Free Hunting/Fishing/Fur Trapper License for Certain Disabled Veterans
Application can be made at your county treasurer.
Fishing License For Active Duty Personnel
Non-resident military members stationed in Pennsylvania can get a fishing license for the resident rate, Pennsylvania residents stationed outside of the state can fish free free while on leave.
Hunting License For Active Duty Personnel
Active duty personnel, be they Pennsylvania residents home on leave, PA National Guard, or non-residents stationed in-state can get a reduced fee hunting license.
Antlerless Deer License For Active Duty
Active duty personnel, be they Pennsylvania residents home on leave, PA National Guard, or non-residents stationed in-state can get a reduced fee license.
Antlerless Deer License For Disabled Veterans
Totally disabled veterans, or those missing a limb, or use of a limb can get a reduced fee license.
County burial allowances are provided whether or not the person died in the county or was buried in the county.
A county grave marker is provided free of charge by the county. Future replacements, deteriorated or missing markers may be replaced by the county in which the Veteran is buried.