OSHA Campaign Has Launched March 21, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a regional campaign to raise awareness about the four leading safety hazards in the construction industry. The "Focus Four Hazards" campaign will serve employers and employees in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
From March through June, the campaign will educate employers to recognize, evaluate, and control electrical, struck-by, fall, and caught-in/between hazards. Each month, OSHA representatives will participate in "Toolbox Talk" discussions focused on one of the four hazards.
The campaign is designed to promote and encourage a safe workplace so that employers and employees finish each day without injury. In Pennsylvania, OSHA's Harrisburg area office will work with employers in Adams, Berks, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Mifflin, Perry, and York counties.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, readers may visit www.osha.gov.
Farm Loans Available March 20, 2018
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) servicing Lancaster County has announced that it has funding reserved specifically for use by targeted underserved groups, as well as beginning farmer loans. The loan programs are designed to help farmers purchase and operate family farms.
According to farm loan manager Tiffany Lutz, the loans help to encourage and assist farmers in owning and operating their own farms and ranches, participating in agricultural programs, and becoming integral parts of the agricultural community.
In addition, a portion of funds are reserved for targeted underserved groups, defined by the USDA as women, African Americans, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, and Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Funds may be used to purchase or enlarge a farm; purchase easements or rights of way needed in the farm's operation; construct or improve buildings such as a dwelling or barn; promote soil and water conservation; pay closing costs; purchase livestock, farm and home equipment, feed, seed, fuel, fertilizer, or insurance; fund hired labor; and perform other improvements.
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements. Additional information on applications is available at the local FSA office, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, or by calling 717-397-6235, ext. 2.
Diabetes Workshop Posted March 14, 2018
The York County Area Agency on Aging will offer a diabetes self-management workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, March 28 to May 2, at York Township Park Building, 25 Oak St., York.
York County residents age 60 and up who are living with Type 2 diabetes, as well as caregivers age 60 and up who are caring for someone with Type 2 diabetes, are invited to participate in the interactive program. The workshops will be taught by certified instructors through the agency.
Developed by the Self-Management Resource Center, formerly Stanford University Patient Education Program, the health promotion program will provide tools for managing diabetes, dealing with emotions and breaking the symptom cycle that comes with the disease. The program will introduce participants to self-management tools like healthy eating, exercise, monitoring blood sugar and action planning.
A companion book, "Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions," and an audio relaxation tape will be provided for all participants.
There is no charge for the workshops. To register, readers may call Megan Craley at 717-771-9610.
PASR Receives Recognition March 14, 2018
Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) was recognized on March 6 by Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Senate for 80 years of service to Pennsylvania. Wolf also signed a document proclaiming Thursday, June 28, as PASR Day in Pennsylvania. PASR is a Pennsylvania-based association that represents former teachers, nurses, secretaries, aides, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, maintenance staff, and administrators.
PASR, which was established on Dec. 28, 1937, is celebrating its 80th anniversary. It helped establish both the National Retired Teachers' Association in 1947 and the American Association of Retired Persons in 1958. PASR is comprised of approximately 66 chapters throughout Pennsylvania and the nation.
PASR members volunteer across the state working toward the well-being of children, the elderly, and those in need. PASR continually makes contributions to Pennsylvania's communities by donating to food banks, clothing banks, and libraries. The organization is dedicated to public education and lifelong learning. It also recognizes the achievements of public school educators and employees through educational grants and awards, as well as providing scholarships to support students obtaining a higher education.
Agency Posts News For Veterans March 14, 2018
The number of Pennsylvania veterans who have added a veterans designation to their driver's license or ID card has topped more than half a million and has grown every day since the program began in 2014. The designation - an American flag with the word "veteran" beneath it - is a patriotic way for veterans to show their pride and convey to others that they served in the United States military.
The veterans designation does not entitle a veteran to any special consideration or discount but rather identifies the bearer as a veteran. Any other recognition, such as a discount, complimentary meal, or other token of appreciation is completely and solely determined by the organization, business, or entity providing a service.
Qualified applicants for a veterans designation must have served in the United States Armed Forces and/or the reserve component and have been discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.
There is no fee for the veterans designation; however, regular renewal or duplicate fees still apply. Forms for driver's license or ID renewals and duplicates have a box for applicants to certify that they are a veteran and to have the designation added. Once the veterans designation has been added to a driver's license or identification card, it will automatically appear each time it is renewed.
To renew a commercial driver's license (CDL) and add the veterans designation, applicants must complete and mail in a DL-143CD form and applicable fees. To obtain a duplicate CDL with the veterans designation, applicants must complete and mail in a DL-80CD form and applicable fees. Veterans holding a noncommercial driver's license or identification card can immediately apply for the designation by visiting www.dmv.pa.gov and clicking on the American flag/veterans designation icon.
Mobile Veteran Outreach Posted March 14, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) may be headquartered in Lebanon County, but its ability to reach the state's nearly 820,000 veterans and their families extends to all corners of the Commonwealth thanks to its two Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans. The goal is to provide personalized assistance where veterans live and to assist them with services, benefits and programs for which they might be eligible.
Staffed with accredited veteran service officers, each wheelchair-accessible van is a convenient resource to learn about a wide range of federal, state, and county benefits available to qualified veterans and their families. Such benefits might include connected disability compensation, pensions, VA health care benefits, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation, active service bonuses, state long-term care facilities, and much more.
In 2017, the vans traveled to 159 events across the state and DMVA staff interacted with nearly 2,900 veterans. DMVA's outreach staff coordinates each event with county directors of veterans affairs, veteran service organizations, and local and state officials to maximize publicity and attendance.
To request a van for a community event and to find out where the vans will be, readers may visit dmva.pa.gov and click on Veterans Affairs and then Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans under Reintegration and Outreach.
WSRec Sets Springtime Activities March 13, 2018
The West Shore Recreation Commission (WSRec) will offer a variety of springtime activities for the entire family. Activities will take place at Gifford Pinchot State Park, 2200 Rosstown Road, Lewisberry, unless noted otherwise.
Vernal Pool Discovery will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 27, for individuals age 3 and older. Participants will explore and discover the different types of critters that call a vernal pool home.
A Kids' Spring Discovery Walk, designed for children age 4 and older, will be offered on Saturday, April 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will discover the sights, sounds, and smells of spring during a walk and scavenger hunt.
A Spring Wildflower Walk will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. During an easy woodland stroll, individuals age 10 and older will identify wildflowers and learn information about the plants.
A Beginner Kayak Experience will teach the basics of paddling to individuals age 12 and older. The program will be offered on Sunday, May 13. Sessions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Two sessions of Beginner Archery will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Camp Cann-Edi-On, 870 Sheepbridge Road, York Haven, on Fridays, April 13 and May 11. The beginner's class for shooting recurved bows is open to children age 8 and older.
Night Sensory Hikes will take place on April 13 and May 11 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Camp Cann-Edi-On. The interactive hike for the family is open to individuals age 8 and older.
Registration is required. Readers may contact WSRec at 717-920-9515 or visit www.westshorerec.org for more details.
Borough Plans Informational Meeting March 8, 2018
Mount Joy Borough encourages the public to attend the Thursday, March 22, Administration and Finance Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. to provide input and learn more about the Ward Reapportionment issue vs. an At-Large system.
Mount Joy Borough currently has a three-voting ward system known as the East Ward, West Ward and Florin Ward. Voters elect three councilors from each of the three wards for a total of nine councilors. Borough Council is currently reviewing the borough's ward system and also considering the possibility of implementing an At-Large system where councilors would run borough-wide and all councilors would be elected by the entire borough. The Borough Code 816(a) Abolishing states, "if Council, by ordinance, abolishes all wards in the borough, the ordinance shall provide for the election of seven members of council at-large for the borough in a manner as not to interfere with the term of those ward members of council previously elected."
The primary reason that the ward system is being reviewed is the population numbers per ward is very unequal. Based on the 2010 US Census, the residents per ward is: Florin Ward: 3,404; West Ward: 2,151; and East Ward: 1,855.
The Pennsylvania Borough Code 601(d) Composition states, "All wards in the borough shall be numbered and composed of compact and contiguous territory as nearly equal in population as practicable as officially and finally reported in the latest official census".
The Administration and Finance Committee will invite citizen comments at the March 22 meeting regarding the Reapportionment Model 2 under consideration and the alternative At-Large system. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers. Those who are unable to attend the meeting may submit comments via email to email@example.com or visit http://mountjoyborough.com for more details.
Sheriff's Office Holds Wild Game Dinner March 7, 2018
The Chester County Sheriff's Office held its ninth annual Wild Game Dinner on March 3. Nearly 300 people gathered at the Ballroom at the Westside in West Chester for the event. Guests dined family style on a multi-course feast that included alligator bites, wild boar sausage soup, bear sausage-stuffed mushrooms, venison braciole and stuffed quail.
Proceeds will support a variety of initiatives designed to help ensure the safety of both human and canine deputies, as well as members of the public. Projects made possible by the dinner have included the purchase of a trio of motorcycles used for police escorts and the acquisition and training of members of the K-9 Unit, which now includes 10 teams.
Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh was unable to attend the event because she has been recuperating from double knee-replacement surgery. Welsh, who had never missed the event, did deliver a short video message live from rehab. In it, she expressed thanks to the hundreds of people who made the event possible, including donors, longtime attendees, and more than 100 volunteers.
Lt. Harry McKinney, the lead organizer of the fundraiser, echoed those sentiments in person, explaining that the fundraiser relies on community support. He said a variety of sources, including local hunters and businesses, donated the ingredients for the meal and items for the gift baskets in the silent auction. Other prizes included a chocolate Labrador puppy, won by Tim and Cindy Dumont of Westtown Township, and a handmade quilt, won by Debbie Abel, a longtime supporter of the event.
The Dumonts had been invited to attend the Wild Game Dinner by Craig Felice. They did not intend to return home with a new family member, but their plans changed when they saw Cinnamon, a puppy from Cedar Creek Farm in Nottingham. And once they texted a photo to their daughter Morgan, who attends West Chester University, there was no turning back. In fact, Morgan was so excited that she dropped what she was doing and headed to Westside to welcome the new family member.
The quilt materialized because Veronica Hoadley, a longtime attendee, said that she and her husband had enjoyed the event for many years and wanted to give back. So she sought assistance from two friends, Denise Greenhalgh and Linda Lakitsky, and the three created an America-themed masterwork with an eagle centerpiece.
At the recent event, McKinney delivered the news that in 2019 the fundraiser will move to the Mendenhall Inn, which can accommodate more diners. Plans for the 10th annual Wild Game Dinner, including the exact date, have not yet been finalized. Anyone interested in adding their names to the waiting list for the dinner may contact Kathy Brady Shea at 610-344-6860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5K Fundraising Total Announced March 7, 2018
As part of Chester County's collaborative approach to fighting opioid and heroin addiction, District Attorney Tom Hogan and members of the Chester County Drug Overdose Prevention Task Force provided an update for the county commissioners at the Feb. 28 sunshine meeting work session. The presentation noted the progress made in Chester County's battle against opioid and heroin addiction since the formation of the task force, and it was followed by an announcement by commissioner Michelle Kichline that the November 2017 Chester County Color 5K event raised $38,000.
The 5K's purpose was to raise awareness and money for actions recommended by the Drug Overdose Prevention Task Force. The second Color 5K event brought in 50 percent more money than the previous year's event. More than 900 people took part, and the money will be used to fund the county's new Community Outreach and Prevention Education (COPE) initiative.
The COPE program's purpose is to better ensure opioid overdose survivors being treated in local emergency departments are personally encouraged to enter treatment. An on-call engagement team that includes a project coordinator and certified recovery specialist will provide one-to-one support in the hospital emergency department and after emergency department discharge for opiate overdose survivors and their family or friends. COPE will also provide overdose prevention information and outreach to first responders, hospital staff, and the survivors' family and friends. It will begin as a pilot in Brandywine Hospital and Chester County Hospital later this year.
Chester County's Overdose Prevention Task Force includes representatives from the commissioners' and district attorney's offices, as well as the county's Health Department and Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, law enforcement and community organizations. The task force approach includes arresting and prosecuting drug dealers, diverting addicts into treatment and counseling through Drug Court, educating children and their parents through the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) program, taking drugs off the streets through the drop box initiative, working with doctors and health care providers on opioid prescribing practices, and operating the COPE program.
Hogan announced that more than five tons of drugs were deposited in the drug drop boxes located in Chester County police stations during 2017. He also noted that, for the first time in the last 20 years, the number of opioid prescriptions is down nationwide, and the number of pills per prescription has decreased.
Persian Gulf Bonus Ends Soon March 6, 2018
Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990, to Aug. 31, 1991, have six months to collect a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice. Applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus are due by Friday, Aug. 31.
The bonus program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.
To be eligible for the bonus, a service member must have served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, or the Pennsylvania National Guard; served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991; received the Southwest Asia Service Medal; been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service; and been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.
Since 2008, about 9,500 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus for their war efforts. Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program.
For detailed instructions on how to apply, readers may visit www.persiangulfbonus.pa.gov.
County Recognizes Anniversary March 1, 2018
Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell recently joined personnel from the county's Department of Emergency Services in the county's 911 Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the nation's 911 system, which has been the gateway between the public and emergency help since the very first 911 call was made in Haleyville, Ala., on Feb. 16, 1968.
The commissioners also presented a proclamation to John Haynes, Chester County's deputy director of 911 Operations, at their recent public sunshine meeting, noting that "the digits 911 were selected 50 years ago because they were easily remembered, could be dialed quickly and were never authorized as an office code, area code, or service code."
Chester County introduced its 911 system in 1995. Haynes noted that in 1994, there were 43 phone numbers county citizens needed to remember to reach emergency services. More than 240 million 911 calls were made in the U.S. last year, with more than 160,000 of those calls made in Chester County. According to Cozzone, 75 percent of the 911 calls made in the county were from mobile phones. Chester County accepts "text to 911" communication.
Chester County residents can also ensure all important personal information is available to 911 telecommunicators through the Smart911 system, a free service that allows individuals and families to create a safety profile online, providing key information to enable faster and more effective emergency response time.
There are 72 telecommunicators in the county.
Borough Installs Parking Lot Kiosks February 28, 2018
The Borough of Oxford has installed parking lot kiosks in the three borough-owned parking lots. The kiosks were activated on March 1, and people who park in the lots must now use the kiosks to pay for parking by the hour.
The kiosks accept payment with coins and credit cards, and people may also use the app Whoosh! to pay from their vehicles. Individuals must enter their license plate number at the kiosks to receive a receipt for placement in the vehicle.
Monthly parking lot permits are available at a substantially reduced cost to employees and residents of the downtown district. Parking permits are required to park in the residential zones surrounding the downtown district. The permits are available to residents free of charge and may only be used in the zone in which the resident lives.
More information is available by visiting www.oxfordboro.org or contacting the Borough of Oxford at 610-932-2500.
Youth Aid Panels Seek Volunteers February 28, 2018
York County Juvenile Probation Services is seeking volunteers for its Youth Aid Panel, a diversionary program that holds youths accountable while avoiding the stigma of permanent criminal records. Under the program, select children facing summary and misdemeanor charges avoid entering the formal criminal justice system by being diverted to court-sanctioned panels made up of community members.
The panels interview the children and their families before deciding the appropriate course of action in the case. The goal is to address the needs of the victim, community, and child. Like a court, the panel assigns tasks for the child to complete. Examples include community service, apology letters, drug and alcohol screenings, and writing or research assignments.
If the child successfully completes the tasks, he or she will be released from the program. No criminal record will be created for the child and his or her name will be expunged from all documents related to the arrest.
There are Youth Aid Panels in every school district in York County. No special training or background is required. Volunteers must be age 18 or older, have no criminal record, and successfully pass Pennsylvania child abuse and FBI clearances, if applicable.
New panel members must attend a one-day training session. The panels meet once a month with the juveniles and their family in the evening.
Interested readers may contact Lori Petraco at 717-771-9567, ext. 2679, or Michelle Breen, ext. 2643, for more information.
Recycled Art Contest Announced February 28, 2018
To promote recycling and celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, the York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) is sponsoring its fourth annual Recycled Art Contest for York County High School students.
On Feb. 24, a special Picker Day event was held. Participants were able to search through treasures at Refindings, an architectural and salvage warehouse in York, for items they could repurpose and include in their recycled art pieces.
Participating schools included Central York High School, Kennard-Dale High School, Northern York County High School, Red Land High School, Red Lion Area Senior High School, South Western High School and Susquehannock High School. Thirty-eight students will participate in the contest.
Students have until Sunday, April 15, to complete and submit their recycled art. The artwork will be on display at the Creative York West Gallery, 118 W. Philadelphia St., York, from April 15 through Saturday, April 21. A public reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at which time the winners of the contest will be announced. Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries as determined by celebrity judges. Each student winner will receive an art supply gift certificate and their school's art department will also be granted an art supply gift certificate in the same amount.
Earth Day is a worldwide annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The first Earth Day, held in 1970, was founded by United States Sen. Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, similar to a general education forum. In 1990, the event grew to the international level with 141 nations participating. Today, it is estimated that more than 192 countries continue to celebrate Earth Day each year.
Veterans' Benefit Assistance Available February 26, 2018
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will offer free Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit assistance to veterans of all ages and their survivors. A fully accredited VFW service officer will visit the VFW Post 1463 in Lititz on Mondays from noon to 5 p.m. to help veterans and survivors receive VA health care, start claims for pension and other benefits, request benefit increases and file appeals.
To make an appointment, call 717-234-7927. VFW membership is not required. The service is made possible by Pennsylvania Act 66.
Local Volunteers Receive Recognition February 21, 2018
Beverly Boyd, Bernard Frick, and Frederick Henbery have been named York County Area Agency on Aging's volunteers of the month for their service and dedication to York's older adults.
Boyd resides in East Manchester Township. Among her many volunteer activities, Boyd is an APPRISE Medicare Counselor, helps with the county's Senior Games and Senior Farmers Market Program (fruit and vegetable vouchers), and assists around the office.
Frick, of York city, assists others through APPRISE and financial counseling. His past work history with the Public School Employees' Retirement System is his inspiration for continuing to volunteer with the APPRISE program.
Henbery, of York city, helps out in the Friendly Visitors program, at special events, and with New Horizons. He encourages others to volunteer in their communities also.
Parks Department Slates Programs February 21, 2018
The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs, and programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event unless noted otherwise.
Maple Sugaring, a program for all ages, will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays, Feb. 25 and March 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pavilion 11. Park naturalists will engage in ongoing maple sugaring demonstrations in the sugar bush of Lancaster County Central Park. Visitors will see trees being tapped, sap boiled to syrup, and candy made from syrup. Maple products will be on sale. Visitors may drop in for a free self-guided visit or register for an hourlong naturalist-led tour for a nominal fee per person. Private programs, on days other than those listed above, are also available for a small fee.
Munchkin Science, led by naturalist Ann Strauss, will be held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 2 p.m. for children ages 3 to 5 and a parent. On Feb. 27, the program will be Fish and Fish Print T-shirts. Participants must bring a T-shirt for the fish print.
Wake Up Spring will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Ted Parker Natural Area, 244 Wesley Road, Quarryville. Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez will lead participants from the lower parking lot for a walk in the woods for signs of spring.
A Sugar Moon Night Hike for people of all ages will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, beginning at Pavilion 11 in Lancaster County Central Park at 733 Williamson Road, Lancaster. Led by Sanchez, participants will walk through the sugar bush.
Middle Creek Migration for Beginning Birders, for people age 6 and up, has been set for Friday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, 100 Museum Road, Stevens. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will share her favorite spots to view migrating waterfowl. After meeting at the Visitor Center, the group will proceed to viewing areas including Willow Point, where attendees will walk about a half-mile on a level path to an overlook. Heavy rain or snow will postpone the event one week. Attendees may bring a lunch or snack if desired.
Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation has adopted a new refund/cancellation policy. Details are available at www.lancastercountyparks.org.
Agency Posts Opportunity To Help Military Families February 21, 2018
Individuals filing their 2017 Pennsylvania personal income taxes may help Pennsylvania's military personnel and their families by donating part or all of their refund to the state's Military Family Relief Assistance Program. The program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), provides grants of up to $3,500 to Pennsylvania members of the armed forces and their families who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The tax form includes instructions on how to donate.
Examples of how the grants helped service members in 2016-17 include the following.
A service member's home was destroyed by fire and the family lost everything. A grant for $3,500 was awarded.
A service member was unable to find employment after returning from being deployed and, with five children to provide for, the family fell behind on household bills. The service member was eventually able to locate employment, but the family needed to catch up on bills to get back on track financially. A grant for $3,500 was awarded.
A service member's home furnace was beyond repair, and assistance was needed to immediately restore heat to the home. A grant for $3,500 was awarded.
Since the program began in 2006, more than $1.78 million has been donated by individuals filing their Pennsylvania personal income tax returns and through private donations.
Members of the armed forces who are residents of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for assistance while they are serving on active duty for 30 or more consecutive days with the Army, Army Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, or the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard.
All members of the armed forces who were discharged for medical reasons are also eligible to apply for assistance for up to four years after a medical discharge.
In addition, reserve component service members, including Pennsylvania National Guard members, and their families may be eligible for a grant for a period of up to three years after release from a qualifying active duty tour.
The program also applies to certain family members of eligible service members who are Pennsylvania residents. Applicants must show that they have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control.
To learn more about the program, readers may visit www.mfrap.pa.gov.