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Important Information for Military Veterans in Our Redeemer FamilyJune 16, 2021
As a service to the members of our Redeemer Health family who are military veterans, we are passing along information recently received from an advisory put out by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).
First and foremost, the DMVA has found that veterans can be a target for scammers who are looking to profit from “helping” vets apply for benefits. In light of this danger, it’s important to know that free and safe assistance is available from any accredited Veteran Services Officer (VSO) to help veterans and their beneficiaries apply for veteran benefits.
There are over 200 accredited VSOs positioned across the commonwealth of PA which include:
- County Office of Veterans Affairs in all 67 counties
- Veteran Service Organizations that include The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), and American Veterans PA
- PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA)
There are also claims agents and attorneys who are VA-accredited to file claims for federal benefits. If you wonder whether someone is VA-accredited, search their name at https://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp.
Finally, if you or someone you know suspects or has experienced a scam or fraud attempt related to any veteran benefit, report it immediately to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Military and Veterans Affairs section at (717) 783-1944, or by email to PAvets@attorneygeneral.gov, or online at www.attorneygeneral.gov.