The Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding nearly $1.9 million to install life safety fire alarms and sprinkler systems at the Pennsylvania Veterans home in Hollidaysburg.
"Our federal-state partnership helps to provide comfortable and safe housing in a caring community for Pennsylvania Veterans who have served their country," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
VA's grant will cover approximately 65 percent of the estimated $2.9 million cost of the project.
In fiscal year 2011, VA spent almost $4.5 billion to serve Pennsylvania's nearly one million Veterans. VA operates 10 major medical centers in Pennsylvania, with outpatient clinics and Vet Centers across the state, plus four national cemeteries.
Pennsylvania operates six state Veterans homes. These homes are residential care facilities offering medical, dental, pharmacy and rehabilitation services and social activities. Veterans age 55 and older, discharged from active military service under honorable conditions, may apply for admission. The age requirement is waived for disabled or homeless Veterans needing long-term care.
More information about Pennsylvania state Veterans homes is available on the Internet at www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_veterans_home_system/11925.