DMVA: PA Veterans Should Never Pay for Help to Apply for Benefits

Apr 03, 2013, 09:09 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Veterans, active military personnel and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veteran's benefits, according to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

"We've seen advertisements from businesses that offer veterans assistance in applying for benefits for free, and then end up charging a fee for financial planning services,'' Brig. Gen. Mike Gould, the state's deputy adjutant general for veterans' affairs said.

"We need to get the word out that veterans should never pay for these services,'' Gould added. "Free assistance is readily available from any accredited veterans service officer at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, their County Director of Veterans Affairs, or through a chartered veterans service organization such as the American Legion, VFW, DAV, or AMVETS to name a few."

County Directors of Veterans Affairs are accredited veterans service officers that provide veterans and their dependents assistance to identify and help determine eligibility for a wide range of veterans benefits, assist in the preparation of applications for county, state and federal veteran's benefits and programs such as: the payment of burial allowances; ensuring grave markers and headstones are properly requested and placed; direct application for state programs like the Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program, Veterans Emergency Assistance, Blind and Paralyzed Veterans Pensions and the Education Gratuity Program; and federal health care benefits, service connected disability and non-service connected disability pensions, and survivor benefits.

To locate your County Director of Veterans Affairs or for more information on other Veterans Service Organizations and to find out more about veterans benefits, visit the DMVA online at and click on Veterans Affairs or follow DMVA on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Media contact: Joan Nissley, 717-861-8720

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs