Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, State Veterans Home System - Gino J. Merli Veterans Center
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, State Veterans Home System
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Description of Service
The 196-bed Gino J. Merli Veterans Center provides a broad spectrum of health care and related services to those commonwealth veterans and their eligible spouses who are disabled, chronically ill, or in need of specialized care. We assist residents in functioning independently and at their optimal level. Most importantly, all residents are treated with respect and dignity.
Our facility includes a chapel, pharmacy, barber and beautician services, dining rooms, and a multi-purpose room for large gatherings. Outdoor areas include a courtyard with a covered pavilion and a 'victory' garden area where residents plant flowers and vegetables.
Our staff considers it a privilege to serve those who served their country. We extend an invitation to all interested persons to visit the Center and witness the first-class care which we provide.
It is the policy of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to process all applications without regard to race, color, national origin, religious creed, age, sex, ancestry or handicap.
The application for admission to a Pennsylvania State Veterans Home consists of six parts and requests information needed to determine eligibility for admission.
The application must be completed and submitted in its entirety.
Only the original application with original signatures will be accepted and must be mailed directly to the following address:
Bureau of Veterans Homes
Attn: Admission’s Office
Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, Pennsylvania 17003
An applicant shall be an eligible veteran, spouse or surviving spouse of an eligible veteran. An "eligible veteran" is defined as an individual who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States or the Pennsylvania Military Forces and was discharged under honorable conditions.
An applicant shall be a bona fide resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the eligible veteran or spouse of an eligible veteran for who the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is his/her home of record upon entry into the Armed Forces of the United States or the Pennsylvania Military Forces. Current residents have priority, however, in admission.
A resident of a state veterans home shall be required to make monthly payments against maintenance fee liability in accordance with the resident's ability to pay.
Admissions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The admissions committee at the home shall determine the level of care, but its decisions may be appealed.
The following are not eligible for admission:
An applicant whose condition requires mental health care or custody.
An applicant whose behavior creates a reasonable threat to the health, safety or welfare of himself/herself or to others. This exclusion applies to an applicant who is taking medication to control behavior where in the absence of the medication, the applicant's behavior would reasonably be expected to create a potential threat to the health, safety or welfare of himself/herself or others.
An applicant whose condition requires treatment or level of treatment not available at the home, except under circumstances where alternative sources of treatment are reasonably available in the immediate vicinity of the home.
An applicant with a history of alcoholism or drug abuse whose history indicates that the applicant may not be responsive to treatment or may not accept or participate in available treatment programs.
An applicant with a contagious disease.
An applicant who was convicted of a felony, unless the applicant has demonstrated good character and behavior and has no convictions of crimes or offenses for at least five years subsequent to incarceration.
Hours of Operation
Physical Site Address 1
Gino J. Merli Veterans Center
Physical Site Address 2
401 Penn Avenue
Physical Site City, State, Zip
Scranton, PA 18503
Mailing Address 1
Mailing Address 2
Fort Indiantown Gap
Mailing City, State, Zip
Annville, PA 17003
Mail Attention To
Bureau of Veterans Homes, Attn: Admission’s Office
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or text Get Help NOW to 838255