Six agencies receive Veteran’s Trust grants

From Mirror staff reports

An event hosted by the Bedford County Office of Veteran Affairs Thursday recognized six Veterans’ Trust Fund recipients for their work in support of the commonwealth’s veterans.

Bedford County Office of Veterans Affairs, Fayette County Office of Veterans Affairs, Travelers Aid Society of Pittsburgh, Vet­eran Community Initia­tives, Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pa. and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 364 were thanked for their programs and services.

“We highly value our grant recipient organizations who work directly with Pennsylvania’s veterans to enhance their lives and the lives of their families,” said Maj. Gen. Eric Weller, deputy adjutant general of VA with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

“It is vitally important that we support these community partners who assist our American heroes with programs and services that benefit our veterans. The hard-working staff and volunteers who support these organizations are tremendous assets in our communities,” he said.

Bedford County Com­mis­sioner Josh Lang said the county is appreciative and thankful for the support from the DMVA and Veterans’ Trust Fund grants.

Veterans Affairs offices from 13 counties received $150,000 in grants while 18 charitable or veteran service organizations received $650,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Veterans Trust Fund.

Thursday’s event was the last of four events held in Bedford, Norristown, Harrisburg and Erie to recognize 31 VTF grant recipients.

Grants were funded by Pennsylvanians who made $3 donations when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo identification or renewing a motor vehicle registration. Proceeds from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plates and private donations also funded grants.