Help available for PA military families

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:13

    HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania service members and their families who are facing financial difficulties could be eligible for grants of up to $2,500 from the newly established Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) To date, more than $148,000 has been contributed to the program through direct contributions and from Pennsylvania taxpayers who chose to donate a portion of their state personal income tax return. The General Assembly created the program to ensure the families of military men and women are able to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities. Program assistance is given to members of the Armed Forces living in Pennsylvania if they serve: • On 30 or more consecutive days of active duty with the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps. • On 30 or more consecutive days of active duty or state active duty in the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard. • On 30 or more consecutive days of active duty with Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine Corps Reserves. The program applies to certain family members of eligible service members as long as the relatives are residents of Pennsylvania. To apply for assistance, visit the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Web site at Direct contributions can be made by sending a check to the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, c/o Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002. Donations are tax deductible. For more information on how to apply or donate to the program, contact Rep. Jerry Birmelin’s district office or visit the DMVA Web site at Birmelin’s district office is in the Wayne County Visitors Center, 32 Commercial Street, Suite 200 Honesdale, PA 18431. Call 570-253-5533.