Pennsylvania Commonwealth Veteran Benefits

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The commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits. 

Pennsylvania Veterans Homes

Pennsylvania runs six veterans homes in Erie, Hollidaysburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, and Spring City. Honorably discharged Pennsylvania residents as well as their spouses may be eligible for admission.

Monthly payments are based on the resident's ability to pay.

Pennsylvania Veteran Financial Benefits

Income Tax

Active duty pay earned outside Pennsylvania is not taxed. Military retirement pay is not taxed. 

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans' Bonus Program

Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War may be eligible for a maximum bonus of $525 The deadline for submitting applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program is August 31, 2018.

Military Family Relief Assistance Program

Emergency financial assistance for 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. The maximum grant amount is $3,500.

Real Estate Tax Exemption

Any honorably discharged Pennsylvania resident veteran with a 100 percent VA disability and wartime service may be exempt from property taxes on their home. There are income limits, unremarried surviving spouses may also be eligible.

Blind Veterans Pension

A pension of $150.00 per month for honorably discharged veterans who suffered a service connected injury or disease which resulted in blindness or severe loss of vision.

Paralyzed Veterans Pension

A pension of $150.00 per month for honorably discharged veterans who suffered a service connected injury or disease which resulted in the loss or loss of use of two or more extremities (arms/hands or legs/feet).

Pennsylvania Veteran Employment Benefits

Veterans' Preference For State Jobs

Honorably discharged veterans who served on active duty after August 2, 1990, spouses of disabled veterans, and surviving spouses of disabled veterans can get 10 additional points on their test scores for state employement.

State Retirement

Honorably discharged veterans employed by the commonwealth for at least three years may be eligible to purchase retirement credit for active duty military time.

Pennsylvania Veterans Educational Gratuity

Children of those who died in service or are permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service are eligible for up to $500 per semester for 4 years. The children must be between 16 and 23 years.

Pennsylvania Veteran Recreation Benefits

Hunting/Fishing/Trapping License for Disabled Veterans

Wartime veterans with 100 percent disability may be eligible for free hunting/fishing/trapping licenses. Veterans with a 60 - 99 percent disability can get reduced fee licenses. Application can be made at your county treasurer.

Active Duty Hunting & Fishing

Residents home on leave can get a free fishing license and reduced fee hunting license. 

Non residents stationed in Pennsylvania can get a fishing license for the resident rate.

Learn more about the other Pennsylvania Bureau of Veterans' Affairs Benefits.

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