Bedford, PA - Maj. Gen. (ret.) Eric Weller, deputy adjutant general of Veterans Affairs with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), attended an event in Bedford to personally thank Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) grant recipients for their work in support of the commonwealth’s nearly 820,000 veterans. The event was hosted by the Bedford County Office of Veterans Affairs, one of the honorees.
“We highly value our grant recipient organizations who work directly with Pennsylvania’s veterans to enhance their lives and the lives of their families,” said Weller. “It is vitally important that we support these community partners who assist our American heroes with programs and services that benefit our veterans. The hard-working staff and volunteers who support these organizations are tremendous assets in our communities.”
Today’s event was the last of four held in Bedford, Norristown, Harrisburg, and Erie to recognize 31 VTF grant recipients. Grants issued through the VTF allow DMVA to expand its partnerships with charitable organizations, veterans’ service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs, which ultimately benefits commonwealth veterans and their families.
The six organizations recognized today for their special programs and services are:
- Bedford County Office of Veterans Affairs
- Fayette County Office of Veterans Affairs
- Travelers Aid Society of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
- Veteran Community Initiatives, Johnstown
- Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA, Pittsburgh
- Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 364, Johnstown
“Bedford County appreciates the partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and we have been able to utilize the Veterans’ Trust Fund grants to help further support veterans and their families in Bedford County,” said Josh Lang, chairman of the Bedford County Commissioners. “We are thankful for the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in helping Bedford County serve veterans and their families.”
This year, a total of 13 Pennsylvania County Veterans Affairs Offices received $150,000 in grants and 18 charitable or veteran service organizations received $650,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund. The grants are funded by generous Pennsylvanians who voluntarily made a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID, renewing a motor vehicle registration, proceeds from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plates and private donations.
The DMVA is authorized to solicit and accept donations to the VTF on behalf of the commonwealth. Tax-deductible donations can be made online at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov or mailed to: PA Veterans’ Trust Fund, Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003.
To learn more about the VTF, visit www.vtf.pa.gov or follow DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva.
MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Butera - 717-861-2178 (office)
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