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Residents, family members and staff are celebrated during Veterans Homes Week June 12-18

Annville, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania’s six veterans homes, operated by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), honor their residents, family members and staff with week-long festivities during the annual State Veterans Homes, June 12-18, 2022.

“Veterans Homes Week is dedicated to honoring our residents for their service to our nation, while recognizing family and staff for the exceptional care and support they provide every day,” Major General said. Mark Schindler, Adjutant General of Pennsylvania and head of the DMVA. . “Each house does an amazing job of coordinating fun and engaging activities, hosting special celebrations, and building camaraderie – all while creating great memories. This is our opportunity to demonstrate how much they mean to us and why our homes are a great place for Pennsylvania veterans.

Throughout the week, participants will enjoy numerous activities and entertainment such as a carnival, musical performances, barbecues and picnics, military ceremonies and sporting events. Activities like these greatly benefit residents by increasing their social connections and promoting a more active lifestyle. The cost of most of these activities is paid for by each household’s resident welfare fund. Donations to these funds can be made online at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov.

In addition to providing year-round recreation and leisure activities, each veterans home provides residents with essential equipment and furnishings, on-site medical and pharmaceutical services, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and 24-hour nursing care. Other special amenities in each house include a library, a snack bar/gift shop commonly referred to as the “canteen”, transportation services, barber and beauty services, and chapels and in-house chaplains for spiritual guidance and fellowship.

The six homes and their locations are the Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home in Philadelphia, the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton, the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home in Hollidaysburg, the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Erie, the Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Spring City and the Southwest Veterans Center in Pittsburgh.

For more information on admission, employment, or volunteer opportunities, visit www.VeteransHomes.pa.gov. You can also learn more about the houses by following DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joan Nissley – [email protected]

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