Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs


Dear Veterans:


Residents of Lackawanna County are appreciative of the service of their veterans, for without them we would not have our freedom.

In an effort to show our gratitude, the government of Lackawanna County has formed a Veterans’ Affairs Office whose sole responsibility is to offer services and benefits for Lackawanna County veterans and their families.

Here are some of the needs we can assist with: Death Benefits, Pension Benefits, Disability Benefits, Tax Exemption for 100% disabled veterans, Help get discharge papers and service records (DD-214), Government Headstones and markers, Homeless veterans assistance, and many more.

The Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office is pleased to share this valuable resource list with you.  Listed below are several websites that can help you in a number of ways.  The subjects they deal with range from rental assistance, grants, furniture, and rehabilitation to home repairs, human services, homelessness, financial services and emergency relief.

Our staff hopes this information will be a great help to you.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office to: go over the information on this resource list; see what site(s) may be the best for you; or discuss any other needs/issues that you may have.
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Hometown Banner / Memorial Paver Discharge Request Help

If the Veteran was a resident of Lackawanna County please contact the Recorder of Deeds office and the Veterans Affairs office.

Here’s all the information that you will need to get a copy of your DD214. We’ll explain the various options that you have based on the timeframe that you have set within which to acquire your DD214. We’ll discuss free services where time is not a consideration and you can afford to wait weeks or even months, to paid researcher services when you need to have a copy of your DD214 in-hand today. We’ll also mention the services that you should avoid.

In essence, the “best method for you to acquire your DD214” is entirely dependent on your personal situation, with the primary consideration being the time that you can afford to wait. Ask yourself, “By what date do I absolutely, positively have to have my DD214?” Your answer to this question will dictate the best method for you to use in order to acquire your DD214.

There are just three (3) methods to acquire either your DD214 and/or your complete personnel file (known as your 201 File). They are:
Time Required:
Several Weeks to Several Months
Several Weeks to Several Months
Same Day, Next Day to One Week (or longer) but quality, speed, reliability and business  reputation of firms varies


Afghanistan

Many service members, Veterans, military-connected families, and caregivers are feeling a wide range of emotions as the tragic events unfold in the fall of Afghanistan. These events may be triggering, and increased support for mental health, substance use disorders, and overall well-being is more important than ever.

SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center stands ready to help state and community leaders rally around those who have served. Our TA team is composed of Veterans, family members, caregivers, and dedicated individuals who are called to serve those who have sacrificed so much for our country. We want you to know that you are not alone. Reach out to those around you for support.

We are all in this together.

Resources available for additional support:

  • Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255
  • Women Veterans Hotline: 855-829-663
  • Vet Center Call Center: 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
  • VA Caregiver Support Line: 855-260-3274
  • Military OneSource


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770-384-3889 | 1-866-593-7019  Toll Free


Administrative Contacts

Anissa  Akulonis
Assistant Director / Veterans Service Officer
Phone: 570-963-6778
Fax: 570-963-6418
E-mail: Contact Me
Erin Carden
Veterans Service Officer
Phone: 570-963-6778
Fax: 570-963-6418
Email: Contact Me

Resources for Veterans