Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has a dual mission: Provide quality service to the commonwealth’s veterans and their families, and oversee and support the members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. We fulfill our dual mission by:
- Providing resources and assistance to Pennsylvania’s nearly 900,000 veterans and their families and providing quality care for aging and disabled veterans.
- Preparing the Pennsylvania National Guard for combat, performing worldwide combat and combat support operations, providing global reach and the projection of U.S. military power in support of national objectives and, at the command of the governor, providing trained personnel to support state and local authorities in times of natural disaster or civil strife.
Created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly on April 11, 1973, the DMVA is one of Pennsylvania’s largest employers, with more than22,000 military and civilian personnel in more than 90 communities statewide. It is overseen by the adjutant general, a governor-appointed, cabinet-level position.
Other organizations on post include the United States Army Reserve, Association of Civilian Technicians (ACT), Navy and Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Corps League, AMVETS, Civil Air Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and Army Transformation Team.
Pennsylvania National Guard Associations
Biddle Hall (Building 9-109)
The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS) is the professional organization that represents the nearly 20,000 Pennsylvanians who proudly serve their state and nation in the Pennsylvania National Guard. PNGAS consists of the National Guard Association of Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the National Guard Association of the United States and the Pennsylvania National Guard Enlisted Association, affiliated with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. PNGAS was formed in 1987 as the umbrella professional organization to better meet the needs of its membership. In short, PNGAS guards the Guard.