- September 5, 2021
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Annville, PA – Pennsylvania’s six veterans homes, operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), honored residents, family members and staff with week-long festivities during the annual Veterans Homes Week, Aug, 22-28, 2021. The homes provide personal and skilled nursing care to more than 900 veterans and their spouses.
“Veterans Homes Week is an annual event where we can showcase our gratitude to those who have sacrificed so much in the defense of our nation. It also allows us to thank our staff and volunteers for their enduring commitment in caring for our veterans, especially during the pandemic,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “Being back together after months of restrictions, while still adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols, made for a great time. It is important to show everyone just how much they mean to all of us.”
Participants took advantage of numerous activities and entertainment throughout the week, such as a carnival with dunk tank, musical performances, great food, and trips to see a professional baseball game. Activities like these greatly benefit the residents by increasing their social interactions and promoting a more active lifestyle. The cost for most of these activities are paid for by each home’s Resident Welfare Fund. Donations to these funds can be made online at Resident Welfare Fund donations.
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.
The six homes and their locations are the Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home in Philadelphia, the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton, the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home in Hollidaysburg, 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 www.VeteransHomes.pa.gov. 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.
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