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        May 1, 2017


        Adjutant General Reminds Pennsylvania Drivers That Sales From License Plates Benefit Veterans


        Annville, PA - As the winter gives way to warmer weather and longer days, more people are hitting the roads enroute to outdoor activities and vacation destinations. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs suggests that while personal vehicle travel is picking up, now is a good time to purchase an Honoring Our Veterans license plate to show patriotism, while also supporting veterans in need.


        "You do not have to be a veteran or active military to purchase one of these license plates and proudly honor veterans while traveling Pennsylvania's scenic roadways, or when driving to other states throughout the country," said Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general. "Veterans always appreciate being acknowledged for their service, and these license plates are the perfect way to say 'thank you,' while also supporting veterans and their families who need assistance."


        Available for passenger cars, motorcycles and light duty trucks up to 10,000 pounds, an Honoring Our Veterans license plate costs $35, with $15 dollars benefitting Pennsylvania's Veterans' Trust Fund (VTF). The VTF issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that aid veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs in assisting veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living.


        "PennDOT is proud to offer the Honoring Our Veterans plate," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. "It is truly a wonderful way for citizens of the commonwealth to show their support for veterans and make a contribution to the Veterans' Trust Fund."


        In addition to the sales of these license plates, there are a number of other programs designed to help fund the VTF in support of Pennsylvania veterans. To learn more about other VTF programs or to purchase an Honoring Our Veterans license plate, visit or follow DMVA on Facebook at



Pennsylvania DMVA Announcement


Subject: Veterans Benefits


March 20, 2017


Getting Help to Apply for Veterans Benefits Should Never Come With a Fee, says DMVA


ANNVILLE, Pa. - Veterans, active military and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veteran's benefits, according to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.


"Through the years we have seen businesses and individuals who offer 'free' help applying for veterans benefits, but in the end they issue a bill under the guise of financial planning or some other service rendered," said Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general. "Understanding and learning about benefits can be challenging at times, and the last thing our veterans and their families need to worry about is an unexpected charge for something that should be provided for free."


General Carrelli said there is plenty of free assistance from accredited veteran service officers through credible organizations such as the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, county veterans affairs offices, American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, and many more.


Accredited veteran service officers provide veterans and their dependents free assistance to identify, determine eligibility for and apply for a wide range of benefits on the local, state and federal levels, including:



  *   payment of burial allowances,

  *   ensuring grave markers and headstones are properly requested and placed,

  *   the Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program,

  *   veterans emergency assistance,

  *   blind and paralyzed veterans pensions,

  *   the Education Gratuity Program,

  *   service connected disability and non-service connected disability pensions,

  *   federal health care benefits, 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<>

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VA’s Rule Establishes a Presumption of Service Connection for Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

VA to provide disability benefits for related diseases

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The presumption of service connection applies to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

•           adult leukemia
•           aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
•           bladder cancer
•           kidney cancer
•           liver cancer
•           multiple myeloma
•           non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
•           Parkinson’s disease

 “We have a responsibility to take care of those who have served our Nation and have been exposed to harm as a result of that service,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “Establishing a presumption for service at Camp Lejeune will make it easier for those Veterans to receive the care and benefits they earned.”

Environmental health experts in VA’s Technical Workgroup conducted comprehensive reviews of scientific evidence, which included analysis and research done by the Department of Health and Human Service’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Environmental Protection Agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Toxicology Program, and the National Academies of Science. 

Veterans with 30 or more cumulative days of active duty service, at Camp Lejeune during the contamination period are already eligible for certain medical benefits, following passage of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012.

In the early 1980s, volatile organic compounds, trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal degreaser, and perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning agent, as well as benzene and vinyl chloride, were discovered in two on-base water supply systems at Camp Lejeune. The contaminated wells supplying the water systems were shut down in February 1985.

The area included in this presumption is all of Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, including satellite camps and housing areas.

The rule will be effective either 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, or following conclusion of the 60-day Congressional Review, whichever is later.


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