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The Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization, which filed its articles of incorporation on Veterans Day, 2011 (11.11.11).  The mission of the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation is to provide assistance and support to Pennsylvania veterans and their families.

The Officers and Directors of the Foundation are:

Michael Gould, Chairman
Michael Garman, Vice Chairman
Matt Zamosky, Director
Debbie Smith, Treasurer
Michael Brent, Website Manager

The PVF received approval of its Articles of Incorporation from the Pennsylvania Department of State effective as of November 14, 2011.  The PVF has also registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations of the Pennsylvania Department of State.The purposes for which the PVF was established are charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) including:

  • To provide assistance and support for Pennsylvania veterans and their families,
  • To make grants to other recognized charitable foundations and organizations and veterans’ service organizations to carry out the charitable purposes of the PVF.
  • To make grants and to undertake charitable programs and projects to assist and support deserving Pennsylvania veterans and their families.
  • To assist Pennsylvania veterans in need of shelter and the necessities of living.
  • To provide aid, comfort, assistance, and support for Pennsylvania veterans, including veterans of war or armed conflict and peacetime veterans, and their families.
  • To help ensure that Pennsylvania veterans and their dependents have access to accurate up-to-date information and assistance to qualify for federal, state, and local veterans benefits.
  • To honor the rich history and heritage of Pennsylvania veterans and the contributions and sacrifices of veterans by providing public education and information.
  • To solicit and receive grants, donations, gifts, and legacies from other foundations, charitable organizations, veterans’ service organizations, corporations, individuals and other entities to carry out the charitable purposes of the PVF.

The mailing address of the Foundation is:

Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation
PO Box 98
Annville, PA 17003

E-mail: admin@paveteransfoundation.org

The purposes for which the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation, Inc., is being established are charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) including:

  • To provide assistance and support for Pennsylvania veterans and their families,
  • To make grants to other recognized charitable foundations and organizations and veterans’ service organizations to carry out the charitable purposes of the Corporation.
  • To make grants and to undertake charitable programs and projects to assist and support deserving Pennsylvania veterans and their families.
  • To assist Pennsylvania veterans in need of shelter and the necessities of living.
  • To provide aid, comfort, assistance, and support for Pennsylvania veterans, including veterans of war or armed conflict and peacetime veterans, and their families.To help ensure that Pennsylvania veterans and their dependents have access to accurate up-to-date information and assistance to qualify for federal, state, and local veterans benefits.
  • To honor the rich history and heritage of Pennsylvania veterans and the contributions and sacrifices of veterans by providing public education and information.
  • To solicit and receive grants, donations, gifts, and legacies from other foundations, charitable organizations, veterans’ service organizations, corporations, individuals and other entities to carry out the charitable purposes of the Corporation
 
 
 

Please refer to the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs online directory of veterans’ service organizations.

 

The PVF awards grants to other non-profit organizations that assist Pennsylvania Veterans and serve our military with a myriad of services.  Some of these are listed below:

Canyon Heroes

Provides whitewater rafting down the Grand Canyon for mental health care/therapy http://canyonheroes.org/

David’s Drive 831

Bedding, household materials, clothing for enabling homeless into living quarters www.davidsdrive831.org

Dear Hero Program

Penn State University student club that mails care packages to military and conducts recognition events https://sites.psu.edu/dearheroprogram/

Dog T.A.G.S.

Provides service dog training to Veterans and their dogs www.dogtagsprogram.org

Lilac Springs

A weekend retreat for Veterans and their families/friends http://lilacsprings-vets168.com/

 Marine Corps League of Pennsylvania Foundation

Assists Marines and family members with emergency assistance and volunteer services http://mclofpafoundation.org/

Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors

Crisis assistance and morale events for Pennsylvania wounded www.pawoundedwarriors.org/

Philadelphia Veterans House

For Veterans/family members receiving care at the nearby Philadelphia VA and homeless Veterans www.phillyvetshouse.org

Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center

A multi-purpose and service center for Veterans www.pvmsec.org

 

PUCHOG (Players Using Competition to Help Others Grow)

A hockey program for wounded veterans http://www.puchog.org/

Racing for Heroes

Off road racing, therapy, services, Veteran recognition http://racingforheroes.org

Veterans Helping Hands/Veterans Store

Goods and materials for Veterans with focus on homeless; walk in Veteran multi-service center/shelter http://yorkhelpinghands.org/cgi-bin/index3.html

http://veteranthrift.org/

Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship

Equine therapy for Veterans http://www.victoryhorse.org/

Q.  What kinds of assistance is offered by the PVF?

A.  The PVF offers assistance in two forms:  

  • Organizational grants to non-profit charitable organizations that serve Pennsylvania veterans and their families.
  • Individual grants to veterans in need of temporary assistance.

Q.  How does a veteran in need of temporary assistance apply for a grant?

A.  A veteran in need should contact his or her county director of veterans affairs or his nearest VA medical center social work office for information about applying.  The Foundation uses a simple application form, which needs to be filled out, signed and submitted along with documentation, including copies of bills,  to verify the financial circumstances.  This information should be submitted to the PVF through the county director.

Q.  Who is my county director of veterans affairs and where do I find his or her office?

A.  Click here for a list of all PA County Directors of Veterans Affairs.

Q. How much does the Foundation pay in individual grants?

A.  The amount of the grant is based on the documented need of the applicant.  The Foundation is a relatively new charity with limited resources.  We can’t help everybody with grants as large as they request.  In our first years of operation, grants have averaged about $1,000 depending on the need and the judgment of the board of directors as to whether the grant will make a difference.

Q.  Who approves and disapproves grants and determines the amount?

A.  All grant applications are reviewed and verified by the county directors or VA staff.  They are reviewed for completeness by  the PVF chairman.  Complete applications are reviewed individually by each of the five members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  They vote and determine the amount of the grants.

Q.  What factors are considered?

A.  Each grant is reviewed individually based on the facts and circumstances.  Key factors include the documented need of the veteran, the impacts the grant will have, the nature of the need and the like.  No two cases are alike and all applications are given careful consideration.

Q. How long does it take to receive assistance?

A.  Once the Foundation receives a completed application with all the supporting documentation, the Board acts very quickly and we usually can provide an answer within  two or three business days.

Q.  Can a veteran apply for assistance online?

A. No.  We want all applicants to work with their county directors of veterans affairs and to submit a complete paper application with supporting documentation.  By working with the county director, the veteran (applicant) can be referred for other forms of assistance and benefits that may be available.

PVF Recognized by CFC and SECA.  If you are a federal employee, postal worker or member of the U.S. military, please remember to give to the PVF through your Combined Federal Campaign.  Our CFC Number is 37044.  If you are a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania employee, you will be able to give a donation to the PVF through the State Employees Combined Appeal (SECA).  Our SECA identification number is 8000-0248.

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The Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation gratefully acknowledges that donations to the Foundation have been made in honor of the following:

Park P. Bierbower, III

Jennifer Boisvert

1SG (Ret) David Bower, US Army,  VFW Service Officer

Carson R. Burdge, US Army WW II

Joe Caulfield

John Deppen

Patricia Derry

Colonel John Dickinson

BG (PA) Mike Gould

Ronald Gray (SSGT, USAF)

Douglas W. Graybill, Jr.

Colonel (Ret) Bernard Griffard, US Army and  Professor, USAWC

Betty H. Guise

Brad Guise

Colonel (Ret) Dennis Guise, USAF

Naomi “Ruby” Hoffman

Mark Hvizda

Stanley Klein (80th Birthday)

Steve Lew

Mr. Jack O’Donnell

David Pennabaker

Ron Peters, VFW 212 Bradford, Vietnam

Major General Stephen Sischo

Kelly Strotman

Debbie Smith

Georgia and Jesus Valero

Dr. Mike Vener, CDR, USNR

Lieutenant Christopher J. Venetz, US Army (Commissioning)

The Honorable Jessica  L. Wright

York’s Beer’Lympics

Lock Haven VFW Veterans Benefit Office

The men and women of the 193rd Special Operations Wing who assisted with the promotion ceremony of Maj Gen Eric Weller

All Juniata County Veterans

All Pennsylvania Veterans

All Veterans

All Our Heroes

All Snyder County Veterans

Marine Corps League

Veterans at Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home

Scotland School for Veterans’ Children Alumni Association

Souderton Area School Support the Troops Club

In honor of our sons, Alex & Nick Appleby and all of the members of C Co. 1/112th INF, 28th INF Div.

The Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation gratefully acknowledges that donations to the Foundation have been made in memory of the following veterans and family members:

Robert H. Anthony

James W. Belardia

MAJ (Ret) Joseph Boccagno (U.S. Army, Berks County Military Hall of Fame)

Francis J. Breit, US Army, WW II

Dennis Bullock (USN, KIA Vietnam)

Robert W. Burgess

James P. Caulfield, Sr. (U.S. Army, Korea)

Edward Celkos, WWII

John Christopher

Robert Cowan (U.S. Army, WW II) 

Marshall Davis

Regimental Sergeant Major Clarence A. Deppen, Headquarters Company, 103rd Ammunition Train

Michael Federovitch

Girard (Jerry) Fitzgerald (Korean War)

Lt Col Donald Flanders (USAF)

Ronald Gilbert (U.S. Army, WW II) (POW)

Mary Gould (U.S. Army WAC, WWII)

Paul Gordon (U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII) (POW)

Dennis T. Guise, USAF and PVF Incorporator and Vice Chairman

John Guise

SGT Richard H. Gould (U.S. Army)

LTC J. Michael Griffard (U.S. Army)

Lt Col Francis E. Griffin (U.S. Air Force)

Maj Francis E. Griffin, Jr. (U.S. Air Force)

Stanley D. Grimm (U.S. Navy)

Howard Stanley Grimm (U.S. Army)

Gerald R. Grimm (U.S. Army)

Jobe Grimm, Jr. (U.S. Navy)

George R. Guise (U.S. Air Force)

SPC Walter Haftl  (In loving memory – Noah, Zach, Deb and Charlie Kratzer) 

Kevin Hardin (U.S. Army)

Walter Murray Harris

Jack Harte

William Harte

James F. Herb

Janet E. Hostetter

Sue Fritz Kenney (U.S. Army/PAARNG)

Mary Knight-Strong (USMC)

Richard Landers

Francis “Frank” Lashinsky (Army Air Corps, WWII)

William Francis Le Grand (U.S. Army)

(In loving memory of) William E. Mathiot

Clyde (Bud) Mauger III

Bill Mayer (CSM, US Army)(VFW Post 8896)

LTC Mike McLaughlin (PAARNG)

LTC Shawn Mell  (PAARNG and PSP)

James Montague, Jr. (USN, Vietnam)

Michael Pehonsky, Sr.  (U.S. Army)

Helen Pelly

Connie Phillips, beloved wife of Arlington

Enso Pisaneschi (U.S. Army)

Merrill R. Ramsdal (U.S. Navy, Korean War Veteran)

Joseph M. Rees (KIA, Vietnam, 4-7-68)

Robert Reeser (U.S. Army, WWII)

Jack V.  Riegel

John P. Ruggles

William C. “Bill” Roush

Bob Rush (U.S. Navy)

Harold Savidge

Dominic Savine

2nd Lt Scott Semmel (U.S. Air Force)

Dennis Smith (USMC)

James Thomas Smith

COL (Ret) Gary Solander (U.S. Army)

Matthew Henry Steller

James M. Stinson

Norman E. Strotman (WWII & Korean War)

Samuel Taylor (USMC)

Donald O. Tilley (U.S. Army)

Clarence Walters

James C. Wilmes (U.S. Navy, Vietnam)

Jessie Zimmerman

Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers Killed in Action Since 9/11/2001

The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations has made a donation in memory of the Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers who gave their lives in active federal service since 11 September 2001.

 
 
 

Honor Roll of Organizational Donors

The Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation announces its Corporate and Organizational Donor “Star Sponsor” recognition for those organizations and business who have made and are continuing to make extraordinary donations to the Foundation.  The PVF relies on donations, large and small, to fund the assistance we provide to veterans in need.  To become a Star Sponsor, an organization needs to give at least $10,000 to the Foundation.  We hope that these exceptionally generous corporations and organizations will continue to support the PVF and that others will join this Honor Roll.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five-Star Sponsors donated $50,000 or more to the Foundation.

 

Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Pennsylvania

 

Turkey Hill Minit Markets

 

Mauger and Company

 

Four-Star Sponsors donated $40,000 to $50,000 to the Foundation.

Three-Star Sponsors donated $30,000 to $40,000 to the Foundation.

VFW Post 8896,  East Berlin

Two-Star Sponsors donated $20,000 to $30,000 to the Foundation.

VFW Post 4712,  Simpson

Benchmark Therapies

VFW Post 212, Bradford

One-Star Sponsors donated $10,000 to $20,000 to the Foundation.

American Legion Department of Pennsylvania

American Legion  Post 957, New Berlin PA

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