The Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding more than $350,000 to construct a new meal delivery system at the Pennsylvania Veterans home in Scranton.
"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 $540,000 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.