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DMVA Digest A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs January 25, 2017
Help DMVA Honor Vietnam Veterans:
In an effort to preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, DMVA is working with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington D.C., to find a photo for each of the Pennsylvanians whose name is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall through the generosity of those willing to help locate their photos. The photos will be posted on the virtual Wall of Faces on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's website. Learn more.
Around the State
Pennsylvania Developmental Disability Council Application for Grassroots Advocacy Grants:
The PA Developmental Disabilities Council invites you to apply for funding from our Grassroots Grants Program. Before submitting your application, you are invited to a question and answer conversation with Council staff Jan. 27 from 1-3 p.m. During the conversation, you will have an opportunity to ask questions, present your ideas and get feedback from the Council and fellow applicants. For information on the program or question and answer session, email [email protected] or call the Council’s offices at 717-787-6058.
Friends In Service to our Heroes (FISH) Would Like to Donate a Track Wheelchair to a Marine Vet in PA:
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is partnering with Friends In Service To Our Heroes (FISH) to donate a Track wheelchair to a disabled Marine veteran in Pennsylvania. This chair will help allow the Marine to increase his or her functionality. Interested candidates will need to complete an application, including a short letter explaining how this chair will improve your life. To apply, please contact Brian Bogner at 717-861-8909 or [email protected].
2017 National Women Veterans Summit Scheduled for March 17-18 in Dallas, Texas:
Women Veterans account for approximately 10 percent of the U.S. veteran population, which will grow to 15 percent by 2030. While many of their challenges and opportunities are similar to those of their male counterparts, some are unique or disproportionate to the women veterans population—which is younger and more ethnically diverse than their male peers. It is for this reason that VA is planning a national platform to discuss these issues—the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit. Read more.
National Veterans Golden Age Games:
Last year, 14 Pennsylvania veterans earned 23 medals at the 2016 National Veterans Golden Age Games. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting applications (through March 1) for vets interested in competing in the 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games.Learn more.
VA to Provide Fertility Counseling and Treatment for Certain Veterans and Spouses:
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to eligible veterans and their spouses. VA currently provides certain infertility services other than in vitro fertilization (IVF) services to veterans as part of the medical benefits package. This interim final rule authorizes IVF for a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. It also states that VA may provide fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including IVF, to a spouse of a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. Read more.
Veterans: Tax Season Officially Opens Jan. 23; IRS Offers Tips and Filing Help Options:
The Internal Revenue Service and partners from the states and tax industry remind taxpayers that the nation’s 2017 individual income tax filing season opened Jan. 23. The IRS expects more than 153 million tax returns to be filed this year and taxpayers have until Tuesday, April 18, to file their 2016 tax returns and pay any tax due. The deadline is extended because the Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C., will be observed on Monday, April 17, pushing the nation’s filing deadline to April 18. Read more.
This listing is offered as a resource to both Pennsylvania's veterans and businesses that seek to employ veterans. The DMVA has not investigated the positions being offered or the businesses listed, and does not warrant or guarantee either the availability or the terms and conditions of the positions listed. Please contact the employers represented in this listing directly. To have an employment opportunity listed please email: [email protected]
Amazon Wants to Hire Thousands of Veterans in the Next Five Years:
Amazon is teaming with the Labor Department to launch an apprenticeship program for veterans looking to break into tech fields. The partnership will offer former military members year-long paid internships at the e-commerce giant with the possibility of a full-time job afterwards. Read more.
Farm Manager and Instructor in Sustainable Agriculture in Baltimore, MD:
TALMAR is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the mission of enhancing and improving health for all people of all ages and abilities using horticulture and agriculture as its therapeutic medium. On their 10-acre organic farm, they provide work skill development, vocational training and horticultural therapy. This organization is seeking a farm manager/agricultural instructor, with a minimum of five years’ experience, to support a broad range of activities on the farm. Target trainees are military veterans with traumatic brain injury or post traumatic stress disorder, however anyone having interest in the coursework is welcome to enroll. Please email a resume with a cover letter as to why you think you might be the best candidate for this position to: [email protected]
Joint Apprenticeship Journeymen (JAC) Training Program:
The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local #37 Joint Apprenticeship Committee will accept applications and test candidates for the apprenticeship program. Applications are taken at the JAC Training Center located at 230 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue, PA 15202, Monday through Friday, 8-11 a.m. Application deadline is March 25, 2017 for the June 2017 class.
Pennsylvania National Guard Employment Opportunities:
Interested in employment opportunities with the Pennsylvania National Guard? For a complete listing of job openings visit the PNG website.
Philadelphia Police Recruits:
The Philadelphia Police Department is looking for recruits. They are accepting applications starting Jan. 30, 2017 through Feb. 24, 2017. Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be 22 years of age by their date of employment. Starting salary is $49,477 annually. For more information go to www.joinphillypd.com or call 215-683-COPS (2677).
Veteran Employment Specialist Offers Job-Hunting Advice:
A veteran employment specialist is offering to help veterans and transitioning service members find jobs. Read more.
This listing is offered as a service to individuals and organizations to promote their veteran and military-oriented events being held in Pennsylvania. The information is taken directly from emailed submissions from requestors. DMVA is not responsible for incorrect information submitted. Please send details on events to [email protected] and include the following key pieces of information: 1. Name of event, 2. Date of event, 3. Time of event, 4. Address of event, 5. County of event, 6. Event website, 7. Point of contact name, 8. POC phone number, 9. POC email address, and 10. Additional details/coordinating instructions (fees, pre-registration, etc.)
Central PA 11th Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down:
Jan. 27-29, 2017 Harrisburg Armory, 1400 Calder Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 (Dauphin County) www.ywcahbg.org POC: William Reed 717-234-7931 or [email protected] If you or someone you know are interested in being part of the Stand Down to aid homeless veterans, please respond with current contact information and area of interest. The need continues for services, ambassadors, transportation, volunteers, and supplies.
Mental Health First Aid:
Jan. 28, 2017, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Patton Township Municipal Building, 100 Patton Plaza, State College, PA 16803 (Centre County) POC: 609-203-5051 or [email protected] Mental health first aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves. The military and veteran population and their families are resilient by nature. However, sometimes service members, veterans, and their families experience difficulty coping with service, deployment, reintegration, and medical conditions. As a community, we can help them. This event is free and lunch is provided.
Veteran Service Canines Blood Drive:
Jan. 29, 2017, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Training Center, 4921 East Prospect Road, York, PA, 17406 (York County) www.geisingerbloodcenter.org POC: Kathy Rowinski 570-362-0958 or [email protected] For every unit of blood collected Geisinger Blood Center will make a $5 donation to Veteran Service Canines Inc.
Military Share Food Program:
Jan. 31, 2017 Cambridge Springs Readiness Center, 22992 Center Street Extension, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403 (Crawford County) POC: Dorothy Staub 814-676-5840 or [email protected] Registration is required.
Produce Express Military Share:
Feb. 8, 2017, 5 p.m. Erie VA Medical Center, Pavilion in the south parking lot located near the 2nd floor entrance off Old French Road. http://www.erie.va.gov/pressreleases/2017-second-harvest-produce-express.asp POC: 814-860-2780 The Produce Express Military Share is a mobile food pantry which makes fresh, health produce and grocery items available free to those who qualify. This event is made possible by donors of the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA. Registration is required.
U.S. Naval Academy Band Superintendent's Combo Free Event:
Feb. 16, 2017, 7 p.m. The Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York, PA 17403 (York County) http://pullocenter.york.psu.edu/events/event_details/the-united-states-navy-band This event is free and open to the public, but does require tickets for entrance. Up to four tickets per patron can be picked up at The Pullo Center box office.
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