HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Money from the state's Veterans Trust Fund (VTF) is coming to western Pennsylvania.
The Allegheny County Office of Veterans Affairs and Mercer County Office of Veterans Affairs are among the 10 statewide to receive portins of $150,000 from Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).
“The VTF has always been an important funding resource for organizations that help Pennsylvania veterans and their families, but this year while we work through the fallout from the pandemic this program is more important than ever before,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Without the VTF, Pennsylvania’s heroes would be at risk of not having shelter, an outlet for getting food, the ability to learn a job skill, help navigating our criminal justice system and so much more.”
The Allegheny County office will get $20,000 and the Mercer County office will receive $11,387 - both to expand veterans' outreach.
In addition, the state is awarding a total of $650,000 to various Veteran Service Organizations.
Greenforge, Inc, a PA Veterans Farming Project in Greensburg will receive $4,250 for workforce development and recreational/therapeutic services. Operation Troop Appreciation in McKeesport will get $45,000 to provide welcome home kits to at-risk veterans.
Travelers Aid Society of Pittsburgh, Inc. will use $50,000 to provide transportation assistance to veterans and the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania will use $50,000 for homeless veteran housing.
“There are so many Pennsylvania veterans in need of help, especially during these disruptive times of COVID-19,” said Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “That is why we are grateful for the VTF grantees and the vital work they do enhancing the lives of our veterans who earned this help with their service to our nation.”