What types of benefits are available to veterans through the Veterans Administration PA?


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Health care, vocational training and pensions are among the benefits offered to veterans through the Veterans Administration. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs provides additional benefits.

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Persons who were active members of the armed forces and left under conditions except for a dishonorable discharge are eligible for primary, specialty and mental health care as well as residential treatment. As of 2016, there are nine VA medical centers and 36 community-based clinics in Pennsylvania where veterans seek services. Veterans are eligible to reside in one of Pennsylvania's six veterans' homes.

Most veterans with service-related disabilities that restrict employment opportunities are eligible for vocational training. Services include employment planning, education and help for veterans who are unable to work because of a disability.

Low-income veterans who served 90 days of active duty, with at least one day in a wartime period, are eligible to receive a pension. Pensions supplement other income to an amount set by Congress.

The Pennsylvania DMVA provides a pension of $150 a month to veterans who suffered a severe loss of vision through an injury or disease during their military service. Amputees who lost two extremities, or lost the use of two extremities, through service-related injury or disease are also eligible for a pension of $150 a month.

Another program offered by the Pennsylvania DMVA gives honorably discharged veterans who served during wartime and are considered as fully disabled the ability to have a tax exemption on property owned by the veteran. Qualification for the tax exemption is based on a veteran's income.

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