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, Director
Debbie Smith, Director and Treasurer
Matt Zamosky, Director
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 and email for contacting the Foundation is:
Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation
PO Box 98
Annville, PA 17003
Please refer to the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs online directory of veterans’ service organizations.
The Foundation awards grants to other non-profit organizations that assist Pennsylvania Veterans and their families. Applications for organizational grants will not be accepted until a date to be announced in September 2021. Our grant window is closed for 2020. For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Koala www.campkoala.org Camps/Retreats for grieving military children.
David’s Drive 831www.davidsdrive831.org Bedding, household materials, clothing for enabling homeless into living quarters.
Dog T.A.G.S. www.dogtagsprogram.org Provides service dog training to Veterans and their dogs.
EquiTeam http://www.equiteam.org/ Equine Therapy.
Fly High with Horses https://www.facebook.com/Trails-End-Conservancy-INC-369866749840689/ Equine Therapy.
Guardians Nest http://www.guardiansnest.org/ Critical Services.
Hunts For Healing http://www.huntsforhealing.org/ Hunting/Fishing/Outdoor therapy.
Lancaster Barracks http://www.lhop.org/lancaster-barracks/ Transitional Housing for Veterans.
Lilac Springs http://lilacsprings-vets168.com/ A weekend retreat for Veterans and their families/friends.
Mission Homestead https://www.missionhomestead.org Life/Employment Skills.
PUCHOG (Players Using Competition to Help Others Grow) http://www.puchog.org/ A hockey program for wounded veterans.
Shamrock Reins http://www.shamrockreins.org/ Equine Therapy.
Veterans Brotherhood https://www.veteransbrotherhood.vet/ Critical services, temporary housing.
Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship http://www.victoryhorse.org/ Equine Therapy.
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 crisis situations needing 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, the nearest VA medical center social work office, or an accredited service officer at one of the many Veteran Service Organizations like VFW, Legion, or MOPH 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, Copy 4 of DD214 reflecting honorable discharge, and any significant supporting documents about the crisis situation. This information should be submitted to the PVF through one of the service officers listed above.
Q. Who is my county director of veterans affairs and where do I find his or her office?
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. With 800,000 Veterans in Pennsylvania, the Foundation is unable to approve every request nor approve very large dollar amounts. We can’t help everybody with grants as large as they request. Over 8 plus years, our average individual grant averages about $1,000.
Q. Who approves and disapproves grants and determines the amount?
A. All grant applications are reviewed and verified by the county directors, VA staff, or Veteran Service Officer. They are reviewed for completeness by the PVF chairman. Complete applications are reviewed individually by each of the members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Each Board Member casts an individual vote for approval or disapproval and a recommended amount of the grant.
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 or an accredited veteran service officer to submit a complete paper application with supporting documentation. By working with the county director or a service officer, the veteran (applicant) can be referred for other forms of assistance and benefits that may be available and that he/she are unaware of.
The Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation gratefully acknowledges that
donations to the Foundation have been made in honor of the following:
Park P. Bierbower, III
1SG (Ret) David Bower, U.S. Army, VFW Service Officer
Carson R. Burdge, U.S. Army WW II
2LT Matt Caswell, U.S. Army
Colonel John Dickinson
CSM (Ret) Mike Garman, U.S. Army
Ray Garvin, U.S. Army, Vietnam Era
2LT Michael Gould II, U.S. Army
BG (PA) Mike Gould
Ronald Gray (SSGT, U.S. Air Force)
Douglas W. Graybill, Jr.
Colonel (Ret) Bernard Griffard, U.S. Army and Professor, USAWC
SGT (Ret) Warren Groff, U.S. Army
Betty H. Guise
Colonel (Ret) Dennis Guise, U.S. Air Force
Naomi “Ruby” Hoffman
Stanley Klein (80th Birthday)
Mr. Jack O’Donnell
Ron Peters, VFW 212 Bradford, Vietnam
Mindy Piccotti, U.S. Air Force, Hunts For Healing Founder
Major General Stephen Sischo
Maxine G. Smith, U.S. Air Force
Daniel J. Tometsko, Eagle Scout
Georgia and Jesus Valero
Dr. Mike Vener, CDR, USNR
Lieutenant Christopher J. Venetz, U.S. Army (Commissioning)
Tom and Mary Walter upon the occasion of their wedding
The Honorable Jessica L. Wright
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 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, family members, and loved ones.
Honor Roll of Organizational Donors
The Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation announces its Corporate and Organizational Donor “Star Sponsor” recognition for those organizations and businesses 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.
VetJam – Bradford
Four-Star Sponsors donated $40,000 to $50,000 to the Foundation.
Three-Star Sponsors donated $30,000 to $40,000 to the Foundation.
Two-Star Sponsors donated $20,000 to $30,000 to the Foundation.
One-Star Sponsors donated $10,000 to $20,000 to the Foundation.