Residents, Family Members and Staff Celebrated During Veterans Homes Week June 12-18

Luna Ruth

Annville, PA – Pennsylvania’s six veterans’ homes, operated by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), are honoring their residents, family members and staff with week-long festivities during the annual State Veterans’ Homes Week, June 12-18, 2022.

“Veterans Homes Week is dedicated to honoring our residents for their service to our nation, while recognizing family and staff for the exceptional care and support they provide every day,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “Each home does an extraordinary job coordinating fun and engaging activities, holding special celebrations and building comradery – all while building great memories. It is our opportunity to demonstrate just how much they mean to us and why our homes are a great place for Pennsylvania veterans to call home.”

Throughout the week, participants will take advantage of numerous activities and entertainment such as a carnival, musical performances, barbecues and picnics, military ceremonies, and sporting events. Activities like these greatly benefit the residents by increasing their social connections 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

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 You can also learn more about the homes by following DMVA on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Joan Nissley – [email protected]

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