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Veterans Affairs

The Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs directly assists veterans, their families, and survivors to obtain the federal, state, and county benefits for which they are eligible as a consequence of military service. We counsel and assist in preparing and submitting claims and applications for benefits such as: service-connected disabilities, pensions and gratuities, emergency financial assistance, and burials. We act as a veteran’s representative to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its various offices such as the Benefits Administration and the Board of Veterans Appeals, and departments and commissions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Lehigh County.



                Thomas Applebach

Service Officers

                Corrina Draxler

                Gayle Mateyak


Lehigh County Government Center
Room 230
17 S. 7th St.
Allentown, PA 18101-2400







Program Information

These documents are for information only. Please contact this office before proceeding with any application.

PA Real Estate Tax Exemption

VA Pension information

Temporary Assistance

Helpful Links

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  

Veteran’s ID Card

PA Department of Military and Veteran Affairs (DMVA) 

State Veterans Homes 

PA Veterans Registry  

Burial Benefit Forms

Federal Veterans Administration

Claim for Standard Government Headstone or Marker -- (VA Form 21P-530EZ) 

Claim for Government Medallion for Placement in a Private Cemetery -- (VA Form 40-1330M)

Lehigh County – Veteran must have wartime service

Veteran Burial Gratuity -- (Form LCVA - Veteran Burial)

Spouse Burial Gratuity -- (Form LCVA - Spouse Burial)

Veteran Headstone Gratuity -- (Form LCVA - Veteran Headstone)

Requests for Military Documents  - Can be made by Contacting:

The National Archives

Lehigh County Recorder of Deeds at  610-782-3162

PA driver’s license veteran designation 

Veterans Crisis Line