Announcing a collaboration between the NEPA VMA and the Gazette

[Editor: We enthusiastically welcome back Kerry as a regular contributor to the Independent Gazette on veterans matters. Longtime readers of our publication may recall his informative “Ask the Vet Rep!” columns, which ran from mid-2013 through early 2014.]

We at the Independent Gazette are excited to announce a unique partnering with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Multicare Alliance (NEPA VMA) to bring the Veteran of the Month program to Gazette readers. This column is designed to recognize local veterans, in addition to being a conduit for any veterans needing assistance, having questions, or looking for guidance or help in working through the copious quantities of red tape the veterans must navigate on a regular basis. Please feel free to contact the organization, located at 71 West Northampton Street, Wilkes Barre, 18701. Their phone number is (570) 706-2066. We encourage the public to contact the Gazette or the NEPA Veteran Multicare Alliance with any story, information, or question, as we’ll be highlighting such community input monthly. We’ll also be publishing notice of events of particular interest to vets.

Kerry Schimelfenig

Kerry Schimelfenig

NEPA Veterans Multicare Alliance is a non-profit, all volunteer service organization of veterans and community leaders dedicated to helping veterans and their families navigate through government- and community-based provider systems to obtain information, benefits, and services. We aid clients in developing a unique plan to meet individual and family needs, and we also work in collaboration with other community-based service providers to help meet those objectives.

The mission of NEPA VMA is to increase access to services and keep veterans and their families informed of benefits and assistance available to them in order to improve reintegration, transition, and stability.

NEPA VMA provides free consultations to veterans and their family members. These consultations include a comprehensive overview of support, benefits, and assistance in a variety of areas, including health care, education, employment, housing, and day-to-day living.


  • Kerry Schimelfenig
  • Kerry is an American Legion Department State Service Officer and Disabled Gulf War Navy veteran.

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