HARRISBURG – Two local veterans’ organizations will receive funding through the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).
The VTF funding, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), is made possible by generous Pennsylvanians who voluntarily make a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license, photo ID, or a motor vehicle registration. The VTF also receives proceeds that come from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate and private donations.
Yaw noted that the Snyder County and Union County Office of Veterans Affairs (joint application) will receive $40,000 to support homeless veterans and provide emergency assistance.
“The Veterans’ Trust Fund is a valuable program that assists our local government agencies support initiatives and services that help our veterans,” Senator Yaw said. “I am pleased that this funding was awarded locally.”
According to the announcement, up to a total of $150,000 in grant funding was available for new, innovative, or expanded programs or services provided by County Directors of Veterans Affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The two areas of emphasis for grantees in this category were veterans’ outreach and veterans’ courts.
Since the VTF grant program began in 2013, a total of $3,632,860 has been awarded to organizations that serve Pennsylvania veterans.
To learn more about the VTF, visit www.vtf.state.pa.us.
Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff