Fleet Reserves Association
Fleet Reserves Association



The Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members. Eligible members must have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The amount of a grant is based on documented financial need up to a maximum of $3,500.

Examples of such financial need include:

  • A sudden or unexpected loss of income, real or personal property, assets or support, directly related to military service, or exigent circumstances affecting, the service member.
  • Emergency need for child care for which the applicant lacks financial resources.
  • Natural or man-made disasters resulting in a need for food, shelter or other necessities.
  • The death or critical illness of a parent, spouse, sibling or child resulting in immediate need for travel, lodging or subsistence for which the applicant lacks financial resources. (Service members serving in OCONUS locations must seek assistance through military channels for emergency travel prior to submitting for assistance from PA MFRAP. A statement from the service member's command (LTC or higher) that such assistance is not available, and why, will be required with each application.)

(Exigent Circumstances – Emergency or extraordinary situations or conditions resulting in an eligible Service Member being unable to provide the necessities of living for the member or the member’s dependents due to factors beyond the member’s control.  The term includes, but not limited to, natural or manmade disasters, loss of home, loss of employment, disability or serious illness or injury.)

Eligibility: The Program applies to Pennsylvania residents who:

  • Are serving on 30 or more consecutive days of active duty with the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard or Reserve Components of the Armed Forces (Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve).
  • Are serving on 30 or more consecutive days of active duty with the active armed forces (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard).
  • Are serving on 30 or more consecutive days of state active duty for emergencies or duty under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact in the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard.
  • Are members in good standing the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard or Reserve Component of the Armed Forces for a period of three years after completion of a qualifying tour of active duty of 30 or more consecutive days when the financial need is directly related to the member's active duty period.
  • Are former members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserve Components and the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard for a period of four years after medical discharge for medical disability incurred in line of duty while serving on a qualifying tour of active duty of 30 or more consecutive days when the financial need is directly related to the former member's service, to exigent circumstances beyond the eligible members control or the disability incurred in the line of duty of the military service.
  • Are eligible relatives of qualified eligible service members in limited circumstances.

Applications: Application forms are available online below; or from DMVA, MFRAP, Bldg. 0-47, FTIG, Annville, PA 17003-5002 or from PNG Family Assistance Centers. Applications, with supporting documents, must be mailed to DMVA, MFRAP, Building 0-47, FTIG, Annville, PA 17003-5002. To expedite the application process, applications and supporting documents may be faxed to the MFRAP office (FAX Number: 717-861-8124).

Each application will be reviewed for eligibility and need prior to submission to the PA MFRAP Fund Committee for approval or disapproval. No application is automatically approved.

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Fleet Reserve Association

Branch #115, Lehigh Valley, PA

Donald Bear, 315 Peach Street,

                          Catasauqua, PA 18032


President, William Nixon, bcnixon@verion.net

Vice President, Dan Heitzer, greenknight@ptd.net

Secretary, Donald Bear, usnbear@me.com

Treasurer, Larry Roth, larry.roth@rcn.com

Veterans Service Officer, David Sharp, davidsharp@usa.com

Tele-Communications, Ralph Annunziata, rannunziata1@verizon.net



Upcoming Schedule ;  February 14, 2017 Branch 115 Meeting, 0900, City View Diner, 1831 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA.


                                                       January 10, 2017 Meeting.           


Present were; RPNE/NEng and Branch 115 President David Sharp, Vice President Ralph Annunziata, Secretary Donald Bear, Treasurer Larry Roth, Acting Chaplain Paul Geissinger, Master at Arms John Treiber, Membership Chairman Jeff Chewning,  Americanism / Patriotism Chairman Bill Nixon, Youth Activities Chairman Tim Gilbert, Hospitalization Chairman Harold Newhard, Recreation Chairman James Turner, PRPNE George Folk, John Brooks, Carl Kilhefner, Dan Heitzer, Earl King, Rich Lamonaco, Dick Schreiner, Colwin Bocasan, Joe Toth, Ralph Slider, Woody Greene, John Miltenberger, Ludwig Gocek, Frank Ginther, Jay Conti, Andy Smerek, Ron Dickert and guest Tom Lamonaco.


0900, President Dave Sharp performed opening rituals. Vice President Ralph Annunziata made a motion not to read the December 13th minutes since everyone gets them by email or in the mail. Seconded by Karl Kilhefner and approved by all present.


Communications – Secretary Bear informed the shipmates that we received a $100 donation from our shipmate AD2 (AC) Jeffrey A. Berger.


We received a nice Thank you card from shipmate Nicholas Katynski, MMCS, USN, Ret.

Treasurer’s Report – Shipmate Treasurer Larry Roth read the treasurers report. A m


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Lehigh Valley Fleet Reserve Branch 115, Destination Plans



 Oldies Dance, Phillipsburg Area Veterans- Sat. May 28, 2016, doors open at 5:30, meal at 6pm, dancing and listening, 7-10 pm.Palmer Fire House, Easton, Pa. Price will be announced in February.

Live Band, Inch and the Echoes (50’s-70’s), Raffle Baskets/50/50-This is our annual major fundraiser. Bill Nixon will have tickets

Memorial Day Ceremony and “Rally Point” Dedication, Lopatcong Township, NJ, Sunday May 29, 2016, 1 pm, Lopatcong Municipal Park. Following the ceremony there will be entertainment in the park at our newly dedicated Rally Point in memory of our township MIA’s and KIA’s. Please plan to stay for a picnic and entertainment-bring a chair. (Rain or Shine)

Washington DC, Navy Memorial, Navy Memorial Plaza, Navy Heritage Center, Marine Barracks, US Marine Corps Band, Evening Parade, Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, Marine Silent Drill Team, Ceremonial Marchers, Marine Mascot, Friday and Saturday-June 24-25, 2016 (overnight). Marine Barracks Friday evening, Navy Memorial Area, Saturday morning. If there is enough interest I will contact Perkiomen Tours for a price: transportation and meals. (Dates are tentative at this time).


*Sign Up form will be available at FRA Breakfasts and scheduled meetings or you can call Bill Nixon, 908-454-4958 to confirm your interest.

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 We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 9:00 A.M. Have an informal breakfast the first, third and fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:00 A.M. all at City View Diner on MacAuthur Road, Allentown. 

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