Pennsylvania’s Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans: Bringing Essential Services to Veterans Statewide

Mobile Veterans Outreach VanImage via the DMVA

ANNVILLE, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has announced that its Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans will now be available across the state. These vans are designed to assist veterans in obtaining crucial information and initiating benefit claim paperwork, with the help of DMVA-accredited veteran service officers.

The DMVA’s initiative is a game-changer for veterans who might otherwise struggle to navigate the complex process of applying for benefits. It offers on-site assistance, free of charge, at community events such as county fairs and festivals. The goal is to ensure that every eligible veteran receives the benefits they have earned through their dedicated service.

Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA, emphasized the department’s commitment to the cause. He stated, “When our outreach vans travel to events in communities throughout Pennsylvania, veterans are provided with a convenient way to apply for benefits at no cost thanks to our team of accredited veteran service officers.”

In addition to providing mobile services, the DMVA also maintains outreach teams that work within local communities. These teams forge essential connections with veteran advocates and link veterans to specialized services. Over the past year, these outreach efforts have supported 190 events, with nearly 4,000 veteran interactions.

Moreover, the teams coordinate with county directors of Veterans Affairs, veteran service organizations, and local and state officials to maximize awareness and attendance at these events. This collaborative effort ensures that veterans receive the comprehensive support they need and deserve.

Veterans and their families can access a wide range of federal, state, and county benefits. These may include service-connected disability compensation, pensions, VA health care benefits, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation, active service bonuses, long-term care in veterans homes, and much more.

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The DMVA’s accredited veteran service officer outreach staff are an invaluable resource for information and help in accessing these benefits. By bringing these services directly to veterans’ communities, the DMVA is breaking down barriers and making it easier for veterans to access the support they need.

For those interested in booking a Mobile Veterans Outreach Van for a community event, more information is available on the DMVA’s website.

This initiative by DMVA underscores Pennsylvania’s commitment to its veterans. By making essential services more accessible, the state is not only honoring the sacrifice of its servicemen and servicewomen but also ensuring their well-being in civilian life. It’s a significant step that other states might well consider emulating.

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