HARRISBURG, Pa., June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's six veterans homes, operated by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will celebrate the 21st annual State Veterans Homes Week, June 9-16.
"The week is designed to make citizens aware of the resident veterans in their community, and to thank the staff and volunteers of these homes who provide selfless and exceptional care for these heroes each and every day," said Brig. Gen. (PA-Ret.) Mike Gould, the state's deputy adjutant general for veterans affairs.
"It's also an opportunity for the community to visit the homes, meet some of America's honored veterans and explore the numerous volunteer programs available."
Special activities throughout the week will include ceremonies, special musical entertainment, volunteer recognition, Flag Day ceremonies, carnivals and picnics.
The six homes serve more than 1,500 eligible veterans and their spouses. They include 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 Southwestern Veterans Center in Pittsburgh.
For more information about veterans home eligibility or volunteer opportunities at a veterans home, visit www.paveterans.state.pa.us or follow DMVA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.
Media contact: Joan Nissley, 717-861-8720
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs