PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is urging residents to consider donating to programs that support the state’s over 700,000 veterans, service members, and their families this holiday season. These contributions are tax-deductible and are an excellent way for Pennsylvanians to show their gratitude to those who have served their country.
Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA, expressed his gratitude to those who contribute. “By supporting one of these programs, you are letting those who served know that Pennsylvania appreciates their service and sacrifices in protecting our nation and commonwealth,” he said.
The DMVA administers nine tax-deductible programs:
- The Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) provides grants to statewide charitable organizations and county directors of veterans affairs to assist veterans in need. The funds come from Pennsylvanians who voluntarily donate when renewing their driver’s license or vehicle registration, as well as from the sale of Honoring Our Veterans and Honoring Our Women Veterans license plates.
- The Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) offers financial assistance to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their families who are in immediate financial need. This program is supported by taxpayers who designate a portion of their Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax refund to help Pennsylvania military personnel and their families.
- Six Resident Welfare Funds at each of the DMVA’s six veterans homes provide activities and entertainment to keep residents active and healthy. These homes are located in Philadelphia, Scranton, Hollidaysburg, Erie, Spring City, and Pittsburgh.
- The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund supports the maintenance and repair of the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial, which is located at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County. The memorial honors veterans of all eras from the Revolutionary War forward.
When making an online donation, donors have the option to enter honoree information, and a plaque in their honor will be displayed on the Virtual Donor Wall.
Donations can be made by individuals, corporations, and companies. For more information or to make a donation, visit the DMVA’s donation website.