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Government Center

Room 230

17 South Seventh Street

Allentown, PA. 18101-2400

Phone 610-782-3295

Fax 610-820-2026

Thomas Applebach, Director

Vi Hertzog, Assistant Director

Lynn Weimer, Veterans Service Officer

Accredited VA Service Officers

     
  

Veterans Affairs

Philosophy 

The Veterans Affairs Office is committed to serving Lehigh County veterans and their family members with compassion, dignity and respect.  We will provide courteous, efficient and professional service to any veteran or family member seeking our assistance.

Program Description 

The Veterans Affairs Office will assist veterans and their family members with information regarding federal, state  (PA Veterans' Affairsand local benefits. We provide information and assistance in filing for and acquiring the following federal benefits: compensation for service connected disability; pension for veterans unable to work; vocational rehabilitation and counseling; payment for education and job training; home loan guaranty; life insurance; 'wheelchair homes'; and burial benefits. The benefits for family members of deceased veterans include dependency and indemnity compensation and death pension.

Services Provided (In addition to those above) 

  • Information and Assistance in acquiring or filing for:
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    • State website
    • Pennsylvania Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption
    • Real Estate Property Tax Exemption
      • If you are permanently and totally disabled due to service-connected disabilities incurred in the line of duty during a period of war and Honorably Discharged.
      For information about this benefit, click on this link
        https://www.dmva.pa.gov

        Documents for Tax Exemption

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  For information about this benefit, click on this link Military Records Requests
  • DD 214/ Separation Documents
  • Official Military Personnel File (OMPF)
  • Replacement Medals
  • Medical and Health Records

   VA  ID Cards/Records on line access

http://www.va.gov/records/

 

 

     
  

Additional Resources

Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals and Materials, asbestos, radiation, etc.

https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/specific-environmental-hazards/

My Healthy Vet:

https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/home

E Benefits:

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage

Gulf War Registry:  

https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/benefits/registry-exam.asp

Agent Orange Registry:  

https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/agent-orange/registry-health-exam/

IN-COUNTRY VIETNAM VETERANS PRESUMPTIVES:

 http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/diseases.asp  

 Camp LeJeune Water Contamination Health Issues:  

https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/camp-lejeune-water-contamination/


VA National Suicide Hotline  

 Veterans, Service members, and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, send a text message to 838255, or chat online to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

  • The counselors at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances — from those coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans dealing with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.


Veterans Crisis Line

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/



Pennsylvania Veterans Homes

https://www.dmva.pa.gov/stateveteranshomes  

An honorably discharged Pennsylvanian who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and/or a spouse of an eligible veteran. Applicants from another state are only eligible if Pennsylvania was listed as their home of record upon entry into the Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania Military Forces. An applicant who is not a bono fide resident of Pennsylvania at the time of admission may not be admitted if a bono fide resident of Pennsylvania is awaiting admission.

DMVA Press Release Website: 

http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/   

Pennsylvania Veterans Affairs     

https://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs

As part of its dual mission, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs oversees and supports the Pennsylvania National Guard, but it is important to note that DMVA also serves as an advocate for Pennsylvania’s larger military community to include installations, personnel and resources from all branches of service located in the commonwealth

https://www.dmva.pa.gov/militaryaffairs

Pennsylvania Veterans Registry:  The PA VETERANS REGISTRY is an online application that allows veterans, family members and people who work with veterans to connect with DMVA to request information related to the valuable state benefits, programs and services offered.  

https://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs/Pages/Outreach-and-Reintegration/PennsylvaniaVeteransRegistry.aspx

 

 

 


  •  Services for Older Pennsylvanians 

PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

https://www.dmva.pa.gov/


  https://www.va.gov/homeless/

VA is committed to ending homelessness among Veterans. Our focus is threefold:

  • Conducting coordinated outreach to proactively seek out Veterans in need of assistance.
  • Connecting homeless and at-risk Veterans with housing solutions community employment services
  • Collaborating with federal, state and local agencies; employers; housing providers, faith-based and community nonprofits; and others to expand employment and affordable housing options for Veterans exiting homelessness.

 

 

https://www.dmva.pa.gov/stateveteranshomes

An honorably discharged Pennsylvanian who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and/or a spouse of an eligible veteran. Applicants from another state are only eligible if Pennsylvania was listed as their home of record upon entry into the Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania Military Forces. An applicant who is not a bono fide resident of Pennsylvania at the time of admission may not be admitted if a bono fide resident of Pennsylvania is awaiting admission.

VA Education and Training Benefits:

https://www.va.gov/education/

    

 

555 Union Blvd., Allentown, PA 18109

610-841-1037
   

 

     

Announcements

Veterans Designation Driver's License - Friday, May 02, 2014

Act 176 of 2012 has allowed PennDot it issue a Pennsylvania driver's license or identification card that clearly indicates that the bearer is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

Qualified applicants should visit:   www.dmv.state.pa.us click on the American flag icon with the phrase "Veterans Designation beneath it.