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Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center Holds Open House, Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Caring for Veterans

Annville, PA - The Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center (GMVC) is celebrating 25 years of caring for veterans with an open house on Veterans Day, noon – 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11,401 Penn Ave., Scranton. GMVC is one of six state veterans’ homes operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).

“The Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center provides skilled nursing care in a safe, secure and caring environment, and we are particularly excited to show off our refurbished nursing units,” said Jim Miller, commandant of GMVC. “We encourage the public to stop by to take a tour, meet our staff, enjoy refreshments, join in our 25th anniversary celebration and experience the camaraderie of living with fellow veterans on this Veterans Day.”

The GMVC provides residents with essential equipment and furnishings, complete on-site medical and pharmacy services, physical and occupational therapy, and 24-hour nursing care. The home also offers year-round recreational activities such as crafts, games, musical entertainment, shopping, trips to local sporting events, as well as other stimulating activities.

“We opened our doors on Veterans Day in 1993 and since then we have been home to nearly 2,200 veterans and their spouses,” said Miller. “It has been our pleasure to care for these men and women and show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices they made preserving America’s freedom on our behalf.”

Miller said if you are a veteran or the spouse of a qualified veteran with health care needs, please contact the home to discuss the long-term care options available to you.

The DMVA provides residency to more than 1,300 eligible veterans and their spouses throughout the commonwealth. The other five veterans homes are: the Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home in Philadelphia; the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home in Hollidaysburg; the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home in Erie; the Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Spring City; and the Southwestern Veterans’ Center in Pittsburgh.

For more information about admissions at GMVC, contact the admissions coordinator at 570-961-4348 or visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Butera - 717-861-2178

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