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Residents, Family Members, and Staff Celebrated During State Veterans’ Homes Week June 9-16

Residents, Family Members, and Staff Celebrated During State Veterans’ Homes Week June 9-16

by Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Photo courtesy of Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) will hold events at its six long-term care veterans’ homes.

Pennsylvania’s six long-term care veterans homes, operated by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), will honor their residents, family members, and staff with week-long festivities during the annual State Veterans’ Homes Week, June 9-16.

“Every year, we come together to celebrate and thank our veterans, families, and staff located at each of our veteran’s homes,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “The effort that goes into organizing these festivities is a testament to how much we care about each of them and our dedicated, professional staff. Together, we proudly serve those who have served.”

Throughout the week, residents will enjoy a variety of activities and entertainment, such as a carnival, musical and comedy performances, picnics, parades, campfires, military ceremonies, and a petting zoo. Activities like these greatly benefit the residents by increasing their social connections and promoting a more active lifestyle. The cost for most of these activities is paid for by each home’s Resident Welfare Fund. Donations to these funds can be made online at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov.

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

“This week is filled with great food, patriotic celebrations, and fun activities,” said Brig. Gen. (PA) Maureen Weigl, deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs. “It is the least we can do to honor our residents and those who do a wonderful job caring for them throughout the year.”

The celebrations will be taking place at DMVA’s six veterans homes – the Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home in Philadelphia, the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton, the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home in Duncansville, 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 admission, employment, or volunteer opportunities, visit Veterans Homes. You can also learn more about the homes by following DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.