Dauphin County Veterans Affairs holds office hours at Northern Dauphin Human Services Center to connect veterans and their families to services they may need

HARRISBURG, PA (December 10, 2019) – In an effort to help veterans living in northern Dauphin County and connect them to services they may need, Dauphin County’s Office of Veterans Affairs is holding office hours the first Wednesday of every month at the Northern Dauphin Human Services Center, 295 State Dr., Elizabethville.

“One of the ways that we at the county level show our gratitude to veterans is to guide them toward programs and services that can help,” said Commissioner Mike Pries, who oversees the county’s Veterans Affairs office. “We act as an advocate by connecting veterans and their family members to everything from medical benefits to housing and human services.”

Dauphin County operates an Office of Veterans Affairs, led by veteran Tony DiFrancesco. The office provides the following benefits: burial allowance, grave markers, government headstones, marriage and divorce records, and discharge certificates. The office provides $100 to assist with burial expenses for a veteran and $75 toward the installation of a headstone. These county benefits are provided to qualifying veterans in addition to any state and federal benefits. Veterans can also get help with processing paperwork needed to obtain benefits or other services.

“If you are a veteran, a veteran’s widow or family member in need of help, please call us,” said Chairman Jeff Haste. “We are humbled by your sacrifice and are here to help.”

Dauphin County Veterans Affairs holds office hours to assist veterans and their families on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Dauphin County Administration Building, 2 S. Second St., in downtown Harrisburg. Office hours are also held at the Northern Dauphin Human Services Center, 295 State Dr., in Elizabethville on the first Wednesday of every month. Appointments for both locations can be scheduled by calling 717-780-6356. Veterans can also meet face-to-face with staff at the county’s annual breakfast forums, which will be held again next year.

The county’s Veterans Affairs, in partnership with Dauphin County Recorder of Deeds Jim Zugay, established a Dauphin County Veterans Discount Card Program that enables veterans to receive discounts at various participating county businesses. To register for the program, veterans must bring their DD-214 to the Recorder of Deeds office, 101 Market St., Room 102, in Harrisburg. A list of participating businesses can be found at www.dauphincounty.org/deeds/vets.

“On Veterans Day and beyond, we honor those who served, those who died, and those who still serve with courage today,” said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III. “We all have a duty to help the men and women who have fought hard for our freedom.”

To contact Dauphin County Veterans Affairs, please call 717-780-6356 or visit www.DauphinCounty.org. To learn more about the Discount Card Program, please call the Recorder of Deeds at 717-780-6560.