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    Individuals who are presumed to be eligible for public benefits based on their income and assets or whose eligibility has been established but who are not yet receiving their benefits.

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    Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs - Office of the Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans AffairsProvides information on benefits and services for veterans and their beneficiaries in Pennsylvania. Main Office Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Building S-O-47, Fort Indiantown Gap Annville, PA 17003-5002 Phone: 717-861-8901 Fax: 717-861-8589 Toll Free: 800-547-2838 Philadelphia Field Office Veterans Administration Center PO Box 42938, Philadelphia, PA 19101-2938 Phone: 215-381-3040 Fax: 215-381-3492 Toll Free: 866-754-8637 Pittsburgh Field Office Moorehead Federal Building 1000 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1612 Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4003 Phone: 412-395-6225 Fax: 412-395-6224LebanonPennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran AffairsPennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual AssistanceCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. As an independent non-profit organization, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance depends on the generosity of individual supporters to sustain its vital services to the men and women of the Coast Guard. Assistance is provided under a large variety of conditions and situations usually involving everyday essentials including emergency, housing, and medical needs that are beyond the individual’s ability to meet at the time assistance is requested. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance strives to meet the valid, verified, and genuine need of our clients and their immediate family. Assistance should be used to supplement, not replace other forms of available assistance. CGMA can help with such needs as:
    • Emergency travel
    • Temporary living expenses
    • Funeral expenses
    • Emergency home repair
    • Loss of funds or property
    • Disaster relief
    • Vehicle repair
    • Moving expenses
    • Housing rental/closing costs
    • Medical and dental expenses
    • Past due bills and expenses
    • Debt management
    United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Adoption AssistanceCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) helps families who are adopting a child. CGMA offers both loans and grants for this purpose. A CGMA Adoption Loan may be provided to eligible CGMA clients who are incurring expenses related to the legal adoption of a child when they do not have all of the funds necessary to proceed with the adoption process. A CGMA Adoption Grant may be provided to eligible CGMA clients to assist with the cost of the home study directly related to the adoption. Clients may be eligible to receive both a grant and a loan. Adoption Loan: Qualified adoption expenses are those reasonable and necessary expenses directly related to, and for the principal purpose of, the legal adoption of an eligible child and may include:
    • Adoption fees,
    • Attorney fees,
    • Court costs,
    • Required home inspection cost,
    • Travel expenses (including meals and lodging) while away from home,
    • Re-adoption expenses relating to the adoption of a foreign child.
    Adoption Grant: For expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2012, the CGMA Adoption Grant program may provide a grant for the home study expense directly related to the legal adoption of a child.
    United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Debt Management and Financial Counseling ProgramCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. Debt Management assistance is intended to help our clients become good financial managers of their income. To become good financial managers, they must first be able to meet their financial obligations. Sacrifice and austerity on the part of the client is essential. Debt Management assistance does not aim to return an insolvent person to an absolutely normal way of life. Debt Management does assist by helping to create the minimum essential financial condition to allow the person to live frugally while paying off obligations in a responsible manner. Debt Management assistance generates sufficient cash flow to permit a livable budget, repayment of debt, and the provision for modest savings to meet future needs. Total debt consolidation loans are not authorized. Examples of Authorized Debt Management and Financial Counseling Assistance:
    • Professional, confidential, financial planning and counseling. Available to all CGMA clients. Applying for a loan or grant from CGMA is not required to receive counseling,
    • Assistance when faced with exceptional financial circumstances and unable to receive financial assistance from commercial institutions.
    United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Disaster ResponseCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. In the time of a major disaster, such as a hurricane, CGMA’s initial objective is to rapidly provide emergency assistance for evacuation and cash needed to meet basic living expenses such as food, shelter, clothing, etc. In these instances, CGMA uses appropriate modified procedures to provide rapid emergency assistance, including reducing normal paperwork and approval procedures to a minimum. It is CGMA’s policy during these extraordinary times to meet the client’s immediate financial needs with an interest-free loan and then at a later date, when more specific data and information are available, determine whether the financial assistance should be a grant, loan or a combination of grant and loan. Loan Repayment: In these situations, the start of any interest-free loan repayment is deferred until some point in the future. This provides time for the situation to stabilize and for reimbursement entitlements to be determined, allowing CGMA to objectively assess an individual’s true out-of-pocket losses and financial needs. Converting a Loan into a Grant: While CGMA would like to see those affected made whole, even agencies of the federal government and major charities do not have sufficient funds to cover every individual’s actual losses. CGMA’s disaster assistance priority for losses and expenses not reimbursed by other sources is: Priority 1 - Emergency disaster assistance for basic living expenses to prevent privation (lack of food, shelter or clothing) and temporary home repairs to prevent further damage. Priority 2 - Basic household setup/re-establishment, personal property items and other emergency needs. Disaster assistance will be provided in the order of priority indicated, subject to the availability of funds and financial need. CGMA does not provide assistance for major structural loss. It must be recognized that CGMA is not in a position to cover losses due to lack of adequate insurance coverage, the failure of an insurance company to settle claims, or to bridge the gap between pre-disaster property values and insurance recoupment. NOTE: Assistance will normally be limited to $3,000 per client/family. Where a need exists for greater amounts, approval must come from CGMA-HQ.United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Education AssistanceCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Education grants and loans foster long-term financial well-being by helping Coast Guard families pursue their academic goals through post-secondary education. Visit website for detailed information.United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Emergency Assistance ProgramCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. One of the main purposes of Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is to provide financial assistance to clients caught in emergency, short-term, financial situations beyond their control that endanger personal well being. An emergency condition is one that arises suddenly, is unforeseen and urgent, and requires immediate attention. Emergency assistance is generally authorized in circumstances that impose a serious financial or personal hardship on the client requiring urgent help to relieve the situation. Certain eligibility and assistance restrictions apply, and are outlined in the CGMA Manual. Examples of Authorized Emergency Assistance:
    • Basic Living Expenses,
    • Emergency Home Repair,
    • Emergency Travel Expenses,
    • Fire and Other Disasters,
    • Funeral Expenses,
    • Loss of Funds,
    • Temporary Living Expenses.
    United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: General Assistance ProgramCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. General Assistance may be provided when unexpected events or expenses cause a serious financial burden and financial need is demonstrated. CGMA General Assistance differs from CGMA Emergency Assistance because the qualifying circumstance does not immediately endanger personal well being or require urgent help. Certain eligibility and assistance restrictions apply, and are outlined in the CGMA Manual. Examples of Authorized General Assistance:
    • Adoption,
    • Child Support,
    • Childcare,
    • Family In-Home Day-care Facility,
    • Financial Counseling,
    • Government Travel Cards,
    • Household Furnishings,
    • Immigration Fees,
    • Insurance,
    • Loss of Income,
    • Moving Expenses,
    • Non-Emergency Travel,
    • Non-Support/Inadequate Support,
    • Past Due Bills and Expenses,
    • Pay, Travel & Allotment Problems,
    • Vehicle Repair,
    • Vehicle Other Expenses.
    United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Housing Assistance ProgramCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. Housing Assistance may be considered to assist clients who have demonstrated a financial need and wish to purchase, sell, or refinance a current or former primary residence, or establish a household obtain housing and establish a household when moving to a new area. Housing assistance may be provided to help with settlement charges when purchasing, selling, or refinancing a home, or for deposits when renting. Assistance may also be provided for the cost of establishing utilities. Closing Cost Assistance: Intended to help Coast Guard personnel, who would otherwise be unable to purchase a home, who wish to sell their house due to poor market conditions, or who wish to refinance a mortgage on their home to obtain lower interest rates or lower monthly payments, by providing a loan to help pay for settlement charges (not down payment) associated with purchasing or selling a primary residence, selling a former primary residence, or refinancing a residence which is either their current or former primary residence. Closing cost assistance can provide a loan to help pay for settlement charges (not down payment) associated with purchasing or selling a primary residence, selling a former primary residence, or refinancing a residence which is either their current or former primary residence. Rental Assistance: Intended to help clients obtain housing without undue financial hardship. Assistance may be provided when the client has a demonstrated financial need for assistance after all government entitlements have been utilized. Rental assistance will normally be in the form of a loan. Grants will not normally be considered. Utilities: When establishing a new residence, assistance may be provided for utility (electric, gas, water, sewer), telephone, TV and cable deposits and installation charges for clients who have a demonstrated need for assistance. United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Layette ProgramCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Layette Program provides a layette package (containing a receiving blanket, outfits and other items for a newborn child) to families of the Coast Guard community following the birth or adoption a child. Arrangements have also been made for a layette package to be provided to Coast Guard Active duty personnel attending an Air Force Aide Society's (AFAS) "Bundles for Babies" class or a Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society's (NMCRS) "Budget for Babies" class. Note: A client may receive a layette from CGMA or AFAS or NMCRS but not from more than one source. United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Medical and Dental ProgramCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. Medical and dental assistance from CGMA is limited to those extraordinary, unexpected, emergency situations where, after careful planning and budgeting, a demonstrated financial need remains, after having utilized all available resources. Medical, dental, or hospital expenses must be medically required, not elective. In all cases, the client must have a demonstrated financial need for assistance after utilizing all available resources. While CGMA cannot act as an insurance company, CGMA can provide assistance to help clients through the emergency and reestablish their normal lifestyle for expenses not covered for by TRICARE, the Coast Guard, other government agencies, private insurance coverage (including TRICARE supplements), or other organizations. Certain eligibility and assistance restrictions apply, and are outlined in the CGMA Manual. Examples of Authorized Medical and Dental Assistance:
    • Provider Won't Proceed Without Payment,
    • Mental Heath and Family Counseling,
    • Patient's Cost Share,
    • Durable Medical Equipment,
    • Prosthetic Devices,
    • Rehabilitation Care, Nursing Care, Home Care, or Respite Care,
    • Orthodontia,
    • Long Term Dental Care,
    • Travel, Transportation and Incidental Expenses,
    • Special Situations Requiring Board of Control Approval.
    United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Quick Loan ProgramCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means. Quick Loans are interest-free loans of $500 or less, designed to address immediate, essential financial need while requiring fewer steps and potentially less detailed documentation than the standard assistance request process. The Quick Loan Program gives commanding officers and officers-in-charge a way to quickly address temporary financial problems that may arise amongst their crew.United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency - TRICARETRICARE, formerly known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), is a health care program of the United States Department of Defense Military Health System for active, Guard/Reserve, and retired service members and their families around the world. TRICARE is a major part of the Military Health System that:
    • Combines the resources of military hospitals and clinics with civilian health care networks,
    • Provides access to high-quality health care,
    • Supports military operations and readiness.
    TRICARE is managed by the Defense Health Agency under leadership of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).
    United States Department of Defense, Defense Health AgencyUnited States Department of Defense
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration - Compensation & Pension: Automobile and Adaptive Equipment GrantServicemembers and Veterans may be eligible for a one-time payment of not more than $19,817 toward the purchase of an automobile or other conveyance if you have certain service-connected disabilities. The grant is paid directly to the seller of the automobile and the Servicemember or Veteran may only receive the automobile grant once in his/her lifetime. Certain Servicemembers and Veterans may also be eligible for adaptive equipment. Adaptive equipment includes, but is not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the vehicle. VA may provide financial assistance in purchasing adaptive equipment more than once. This benefit is payable to either the seller or the Veteran or Servicemember. Important: You must have prior VA approval before purchasing an automobile or adaptive equipment.United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration - Compensation & PensionUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration - eBenefitseBenefits is a service of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. eBenefits is a portal and a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and manage their benefits and personal information. eBenefits offers:
    • A personalized workspace called My Dashboard that provides quick access to eBenefits tools. Using eBenefits tools, you can complete various tasks. You can apply for benefits, download your DD 214, view your benefits status, in addition to other actions as needed. This workspace is available to you once you have created an eBenefits account,
    • Acceess to the National Resource Directory - A catalog of links to other sites that provide information about military and veteran benefits.
    • Access to the Veterans Employment Center - A searchable veterans job bank, job seekers resources and service, a skills translator and resume builder.
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration - eBenefitsUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - MIRECC and CoEThe Veterans Health Administration (VHA) implements the medical assistance program of the VA through the administration and operation of numerous VA Medical Centers (VAMC), Outpatient Clinics (OPC), Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC), and VA Community Living Centers (VA Nursing Home) Programs. The Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) were established by Congress with the goal of researching the causes and treatments of mental disorders and using education to put new knowledge into routine clinical practice in the VA. Specialized mental health Centers of Excellence (MH CoE) are an essential component of VA’s response to meeting the mental health needs of Veterans.United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - MIRECC and CoEUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
    VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - Eligibility and EnrollmentAll veterans are encouraged to enroll in the VA health care system. To begin the process, please complete an Application for Health Care Benefits (Form 10-10EZ). You can submit the form online, or you may print the form and mail it to: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Attention: Admissions/Processing University Drive (04PA-U) Pittsburgh, PA 15240 You can also bring the form to the eligibility office at either the University Drive campus (located on the first floor in the registration area) or the H.J. Heinz campus (Ambulatory Care Center, building 71, ground floor). VHA Health Eligibility Center is an online resource for Veterans, family members and care givers to learn about eligibility, enrollment options and benefits offered by VHA. It also provides detailed information about how to apply for VHA health services, cost of care, accessing VA health care and VA's Medical Benefits Package.AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

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