How many veterans are there in Pennsylvania?
There are almost 1.1 million veterans in Pennsylvania.
What is a Service Officer?
A Veterans Service Officer (VSO) is a representative of a veteran’s service organization, such as American Legion or Veterans of Foreign War. The VSO is an excellent resource for information regarding VA benefits. If you have any questions or need assistance in applying for benefits please contact your county’s VSO. To find your VSO please go to the following link: http://www.dmva.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/county_directors_for_veterans_affairs/11384
Where can I get medical care within the VA system?
There are three main places a veteran can get eligible medical care; VA Medical Centers, Community Based Out-patient Clinics (CBOC), and Vet Centers.
To find your Vet Center please go to the following link: http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/
Where can I get free counseling?
Eligible veterans are able to get free readjustment counseling at their nearest Vet Center. For more information please go to http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/Vet_Center_Services.asp.
Are there any resources for finding employment?
Yes. Finding employment is one of the main issues many veterans have when returning to their community. The VA has a dedicated page on their website to assist veteran’s find employment opportunities. To visit this site, please click the following link: http://vetsuccess.gov/
For a more complete list of career assistance programs, please call Eric Hill, LCSW Reaching Rural Veterans, 570.214.4529
Are there any benefits available for education?
Yes, the VA offers many college education benefits. To learn more please go to: http://www.gibill.va.gov/ or contact Eric Hill, LCSW at 570.214.4529.
How do I know if an explosion affected me?
Screenings are available for blast injuries, including a screening for traumatic brain injuries. It is possible to suffer injury from an explosion without being hit by blast material.
Common symptoms of injury from an explosion are ongoing headaches, irritability, poor memory, excess fatigue, or dizziness/balance problems. If you are suffering any of these please seek medical attention.