Marple Memorial Post 805 of The American Legion

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HELPING FELLOW LEGIONNAIRES/VETERANS -- KEY CONTACTS!

NEED AN EMERGENCY DD214-DISCHARGE FORM? Call:  314-801-0800 or apply online:  https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records  ~ 24 hr max turn-around for emergency need ~ long wait on phone; best to call 7AM to 10AM or 3PM to 5PM central time zone or just apply online.

Marple Memorial Post 805 Contact:  Claude Falcone  (falconeclaude17@gmail.com) Service Officer  Ph:  1.610.350.7391

Note:  Claude is our Service Officer and he is here to help you connect with responsible parties to give you whatever type of assistance that is needed.

Delaware County Department of Veteran Affairs:  Veteran Service Officers:  201 W Front Street Room G3, Media, PA 19063    Ph:  610-891-4646 or 610-891-4539 

Note:  Veteran Service Officers, VSO's, are highly trained in all Veterans' benefits.  There is never a charge for the services of a VSO!  They are certified to represent the Veteran in the VA benefits process.  Their scope includes county, state and federal authorized Veteran benefits.  They will also assist in the completion of forms, their submission and follow-up.  Delaware County has 3 on staff.  They are a wonderful resource.  Other PA counties also have Departments of Veteran Affairs with highly trained staff.

♦Our Service Officers:  American Legion:  https://pa-legion.com/service-officers or Philadelphia 1.215.381.3032

FRIENDS & FAMILY  trying to help resisting Veteran to seek help:  https://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching Ph:  888.823.7458 or CoachingIntoCare@va.gov

Mental Health Support

♦Food Banks ~ Philabundance https://www.philabundance.org/find-food/food-map/?wpsl-search-input=19008&wpsl-radius=5&wpsl-results=25

♦Housing - Veteran Services in Suburban Philadelphia - Temporary, Emergency (temporary funds), Longterm Housing  vmcenter.org Ph 1.888.385.1250

♦Additional Help Lists - Here are two un-validated resource listings that reach out country-wide: Recovery Resources for Veterans  Resources for Military and Families

Broad PA Referral support for all PA residents for all needs:  Dial 221 or click www.pa211.org

Small Business Startup - Veteran oriented.  https://digital.com/veterans-business/

♦ Financial Guide and Assistance - Veteran oriented.  https://www.birchgold.com/retirement-and-financial-security-for-veterans

♦ For The Veteran in School - www.intelligent.com has extensive help with school resources.

♦ Veteran Living Alone?  Vulnerable to falls or blackouts? -  VA will provide you with a "help" alarm/communication necklace!  It works anywhere cell phones work!  The VA partners with two companies, LifeLife and MedEquip Alert, to provide medical alert systems to senior veterans free of charge.  TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR!  More information:  https://www.medicalalert.org/best-medical-alert-systems/does-va-pay-for-medical-alert-systems/

Summary:  Fortunately, there are an abundance of helpful resources for Veterans.  The challenge is matching the Veteran's/your needs quickly with the best source of assistance.  For our Veterans, the VSO, Veteran Service Officer, is often an excellent place to start for resources.  Governor Wolf recently established a coordinated data base that provides all PA agencies with the various support available from all other PA agencies throughout Pennsylvania.  If you like, you can contact our Service Officer and provide Claude with the general need and he can arrange for the VSO to contact you directly or refer you to another source of assistance.  No Veteran needs to go without help.