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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 06-2316



Admissions of Nonveterans to State Veterans' Homes

[36 Pa.B. 7180]
[Saturday, November 25, 2006]

   The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (Department) hereby issues this interpretation and guidance for managing admissions of applicants who are not recognized as veterans by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to the Commonwealth's six State veterans' homes. Nonveteran applicants may include spouses and unmarried surviving spouses of eligible veterans in certain circumstances.

   In establishing the priorities for admission to State veterans' homes and in implementing admission policies and procedures, the Bureau for Veterans' Affairs is mindful of various requirements for State veterans' homes, including a limit on the percentage of nonveteran residents of the homes. Under VA guidelines, no more than 25% of the beds at a State veterans' home may be occupied by nonveterans at any time. Federal funding that supports the construction and operation of State veterans' homes depends on compliance with this limit.

   Because the population of any one of six veterans' homes is variable, a shift in the proportion of veterans to nonveterans in the population of a particular home can occur in a variety of circumstances in a relatively short time. Accordingly, in managing the priorities of admissions to State veterans' homes, the Department will defer action on the admission of any nonveteran to any home where the nonveteran population at the time of the possible admission equals or exceeds 12%.

   The applicants will be maintained in their place on the waiting list and may be offered admission after the nonveteran population stabilizes below 12% of the total capacity of the home.

Major General, PAARNG
The Adjutant General

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 06-2316. Filed for public inspection November 22, 2006, 9:00 a.m.]

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