Hanna announces Veterans’ Trust Fund grant

LOCK HAVEN– The Clinton County Office of Veterans Affairs was awarded a $5,000 grant for veterans’ outreach equipment.

State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven, announced the grant, which is part of $150,000 in funding slated to go to 13 county veterans affairs offices.

Further, 18 charitable or veteran service organizations are expected to receive $650,000 in grants.

This funding is provided by the Veterans’ Trust Fund and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The VTF is funded by Pennsylvanians who voluntarily make a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID or renewing a motor vehicle registration. Additionally, proceeds come from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate and private donations.

Since the grant program began in 2013, a total of $2.8 million has been awarded to organizations that serve Pennsylvania veterans.

“This is a great program that really works to provide critical support services to our veterans,” Hanna said. “Our heroes deserve so much, and this funding is just one small way Pennsylvanians continue to give back to show their support for veterans and their families.”

The county veterans affairs offices will use this funding for new, innovative or expanded programs or services. Nonprofit veteran service organizations will use this funding to help veterans with transitional housing/community living needs, unique veteran health services and other programs that address unmet needs of veterans and their families.

All grant awards are contingent upon the completion of a fully executed grant agreement.

To learn more about the VTF, visit www.vtf.pa.gov.