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If you know a Veteran, please forward this issue to him or her as it provides important updates, resources, and information.

In this Update:

  • Remembering Our Military Veterans on Veterans Day
  • 2023 Veterans Day Retail Discounts, Free Meals, Other Offers
  • VA Provides Care to Eligible Veterans’ Family Members
  • My HealtheVet Changes Coming
  • PA’s Veterans Employment Program
  • What are Vet Centers?
  • Who is Eligible to Receive Services at Vet Centers?
  • Contacting Your Local Vet Center

Remembering Our Military Veterans on Veterans Day

On Saturday, Nov. 11, we will honor all Americans who have served.

Veterans Day is not about battles fought or enemies defeated, although those are important to the defense of liberty. The day is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and making incredible sacrifices and the debt we owe them.

These Veterans are not just Veterans… they have been community volunteers, public servants and local leaders. They continue to give back.

Let’s take this opportunity to say “thank you” to them and to let them know we will never forget what they have done for all of us.

As a matter of history, in November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.

The day was chosen because a year earlier, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, effectively ending World War I.

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m.

In 1938, Armistice Day – Nov. 11 – was recognized, in federal statute, as a legal holiday.

Up until the end of World War II, the holiday only honored Veterans of World War I. But in 1954, Congress amended the statute creating the federal holiday by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans,” making Nov. 11 a day to honor all American war Veterans.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” on Oct. 8, 1954.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2022 American Community Survey, an estimated 6.2% of Pennsylvania’s population are Veterans, of which 36.3% are Vietnam era Veterans, 19.9% are Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) Veterans, 19.8% are Gulf War (September 2001 or later) Veterans, 5.2% are Korean War Veterans and 1.1% are World War II Veterans. More than 91.8% of Pennsylvania’s Veterans are men and 55.2% of our state’s Veterans are 65 years of age or older. 

2023 Veterans Day Retail Discounts, Free Meals, Other Offers 

 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs manages a list of discounts available to Veterans on Veterans Day (Saturday, Nov. 11).

They continue to update the list as they learn of more nationally available Veterans Day discounts, meals or other ways businesses and organizations want to give back to Veterans. Offers are always subject to change, so organizations offering the deals should be contacted to verify them.

You can view here the list of Veterans Day and year-round discounts, free meals and other programs to benefit Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors.

VA Provides Care to Eligible Veterans’ Family Members

The family members of some Veterans are eligible to receive VA-covered care through several special programs offered by the VA.

According to the VA, more than 700,000 beneficiaries (spouses and children) are eligible to receive specific types of care and services through four family member-focused VA programs: the Civilian Health and Medical Program of VA (CHAMPVA), Camp LeJeune Family Member Program (CLFMP), Children of Women Vietnam Veterans (CWVV) and Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program (SBHCBP).

You can learn more about these programs and their eligibility requirements here.

My HealtheVet Changes Coming

 The VA is building a new website on for its health-related tools, including the My HealtheVet website.

The VA says that through October 2024, it will be building the new My HealtheVet to provide a single place for Veterans to manage their health care needs in the same location where they manage their other VA benefits and services.

As they’re building it, they indicate they will welcome feedback about the changes so they can make sure the tools serve Veteran needs.

Learn more about the new website and how to provide feedback here.

PA’s Veterans Employment Program 

Organizations that help connect Veterans with jobs have until Nov. 15 to apply for grants that support Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Veterans Employment Program projects.

Approximately $800,000 in funding will be made available, with grant awards of up to $200,000. Other grants will be awarded to service delivery areas across Pennsylvania based on availability of funds, competitive scoring and priority.

The grant program exists to assist Veterans who have received a discharge other than dishonorable, members of the reserves and guard, and spouses of Veterans and service members in securing employment that pays a living wage.

What are Vet Centers?

VA Vet centers provide free and confidential readjustment counseling for war-zone Veterans and their families, from World War II to the current Global War on Terror.

Vet centers are small, non-medical, counseling centers conveniently located in our region. They’re staffed by highly trained counselors and team members dedicated to seeing you through the challenges that come with managing life during and after the military.

Whether you come in for one-on-one counseling or to participate in a group session, at Vet centers you can form social connections, try new things and build a support system with people who understand you and want to help you succeed.

Who is Eligible to Receive Services at Vet Centers?

Vet center services are available to Veterans at no cost, regardless of discharge character, and without the need to be enrolled in VA health care or having a service-connected disability. If you are a Veteran or service member, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, you can access Vet center services if you:

  • Served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility.
  • Experienced military sexual trauma (regardless of gender or service era).
  • Provided mortuary services or direct emergent medical care to treat the casualties of war while serving on active military duty.
  • Performed as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat theater or area of hostility.
  • Accessed care at a Vet Center prior to Jan. 2, 2013, as a Vietnam-era Veteran.
  • Served on active military duty in response to a national emergency or major disaster declared by the president, or under orders of the governor or chief executive of a state in response to a disaster or civil disorder in that state.
  • Are a current or former member of the Coast Guard who participated in a drug interdiction operation, regardless of the location.

Contacting Your Local Vet Center

Even if you are unsure if you meet the criteria to receive services from a Vet center, please contact a center.

Center services are also available to family members when their participation would support the growth and goals of the Veteran or active-duty service member. If you consider them family, so does your local center. Bereavement services are also available to family members of Veterans who were receiving Vet center services at the time of the Veteran’s death, and to the families of service members who died while serving on active duty.

Vet center locations in Pennsylvania are:

  • Bucks County Vet Center, 2 Canals End Road, Suite 201B, Bristol, PA 19007, 215-823-4590
  • DuBois Vet Center, 100 Meadow Lane, Suite 8, DuBois, PA 15801, 814-372-2095
  • Erie Vet Center, 240 West 11th Street, Suite 105, Erie, PA 16501, 814-453-7955
  • Harrisburg Vet Center, 1500 N. Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, 717-782-3954
  • Lancaster Vet Center, 1817 Olde Homestead Lane, Suite 207, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717283-0735
  • Norristown Vet Center, 320 East Johnson Highway, Suite 201, Norristown, PA 19401, 215-823-5245
  • City Center Philadelphia Vet Center, 801 Arch Street, Suite 502, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-627-0238
  • Northeast Philadelphia Vet Center, 101 East Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19120, 215-924-4670
  • Pittsburgh Vet Center, 2500 Baldwick Road, Suite 15, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, 412-920-1765
  • Scranton Vet Center, 1002 Pittston Avenue, Scranton, PA 18505, 570-344-2676
  • White Oak Vet Center, 2001 Lincoln Way, Suite 280, White Oak, PA 15131, 412-678-7704
  • Williamsport Vet Center, 49 East Fourth Street, Suite 104, Williamsport, PA 17701, 570-327-5281

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