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Posted on: April 7, 2017

[ARCHIVED] PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs April 5 Newsletter

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April Is Month Of The Military Child: 

April is Month of the Military Child, a month dedicated to honor and celebrate these amazing kids who give a part of their childhood for the good of their country. While it’s our service members on the frontlines, the children they leave behind make immeasurable sacrifices as well. Military children are frequently uprooted and left without a parent during times of deployment.

Honoring Our Veterans License Plates: 

The Honoring Our Veterans standard registration plate is available for passenger cars, motorcycles and light duty trucks up to 10,000 pounds, with a cost of $35. Fifteen dollars from every "Honoring Our Veterans" standard registration plate sold will benefit the Veterans' Trust Fund. To apply for this registration plate, please complete Form MV-914, “Application for Honoring Our Veterans Registration Plate.” Learn more.

Veterans Resource Online Directory: 

In an effort to assist with questions, issues or concerns you may have as a veteran or caretaker/family member, we have compiled a list of helpful links for your use. This list is strictly a directory of references to potentially useful links and resources. None of this information is endorsed or supported by DMVA, the Pennsylvania National Guard or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Click here.

 Around the State 

Pennsylvania Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For: 

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of a serviceman, killed during the Korean War, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. For details about Army Cpl. James T. Mainhart Read more .

Pennsylvania Soldier Missing From World War II Accounted For: 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from World War II, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. For details about Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert E. Moessner Read more. 

5K Race For Respect: 

April 22, 2017
Memorial Lake, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003 (Lebanon County)
POC: SSG Oriana White 717-821-1989, [email protected]; or Mr. Angelo Hernandez 717-821-9032, [email protected]
Registration is free, but donations are accepted and encouraged. All donations will go to support the Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill counties.

Honor Bus With WITF: 

Veterans are invited to join WITF for a special day of gratitude honoring the sacrifices veterans have made for our freedom. WITF’s Vietnam War Stories project, in partnership with Northeastern High School, will host a free Honor Bus trip to Washington, D.C., Saturday, April 22. The trip includes visits to the Vietnam memorials, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Space is limited. Register here. WITF is proud to be able to help bring high school students and veterans together for a day of gratitude through this unique partnership.

 National News 

Partnership For Youth Success: 

The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Army and a cross section of corporations, companies, and public sector agencies. The program provides America’s youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. PaYS Partners guarantee soldiers an interview and possible employment after the Army. This unique program is part of the Army’s effort to partner with America’s business community and reconnect America with its Army. Learn more.

VA Awards Grants To Develop Technology To Help Veterans To The University Of Pittsburgh: 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the awarding of $599,802 in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) grants to eligible individuals, researchers, and organizations to develop new technology that may enhance veterans’ and service members’ ability to live in a specially adapted home. Read more.

VA Now Providing Online Daily Burial Schedules: 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced a new online Daily Burial Schedule (DBS) for all VA national cemeteries, which will allow families and loved ones to retrieve time and location information for those being interred, via its National Cemetery Administration (NCA) website. “We pride ourselves on continuously improving customer satisfaction and meeting the wishes of veterans and their loved ones,” said interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ronald E. Walters. “We want manageable information for anyone wishing to pay their respects.”

The new feature is available to anyone with a smartphone, tablet or computer. Families may also opt out of using this service. Schedules of interments are posted online and updated hourly at: public can search by national cemetery or last name. The DBS will give the scheduled committal service date and time, location of the cemetery and funeral home providing services. The location of the committal shelter will be provided at the cemetery. In addition, users may also navigate to the specific VA national cemetery website for directions and further information.

VA operates 135 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than four million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA's national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve and maintain 105 veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. For veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2016, VA honored more than 345,000 veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries.

VA, DOD Study A Major Breakthrough For Understanding PTSD: 

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) recently released findings of a new study called Prospective Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Trajectories in Active Duty and Separated Military Personnel. This study examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in veterans, compared with active-duty populations. Read more.

 Employment Opportunities 

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]

Seeking GI Bill Eligible Paid On-Farm Veteran Apprentice In New Alexandria, PA: 

Apprentice will be involved in all aspects of the farm, from field work to the agricultural services portion of the farm. While working closely with the experienced mentor farmer/operator and personnel much of the time, s/he will also have many independent responsibilities. Lone Maple Farms has been in operation since 1920 specializing in grown crops such as, corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, barley and barley straw. They practice no-till farming. Work day is generally 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with ½ hour for lunch), Monday to Friday. Some Saturday mornings may be needed. The schedule may vary slightly with season and task at hand. No drug use, excessive alcohol consumption, or pets on the premises. A valid driver’s license is required. The ability to drive a standard is preferred but not necessary. Pay is $10/per hour to start with increases commensurate with additional duties. Housing may be available. This apprenticeship is pending GI Bill approved for eligible veterans. Please be prepared to provide DD214 as proof of honorable service. To apply: Email resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “VA Apprentice” in the subject line.

Temporary Cemetery Caretaker: 

Three vacancies in Annville, PA (Lebanon County). Details:
• Work schedule is full time - temporary NTE Sept. 30, 2017. Opened Monday March 6, 2017, closes Monday April 17, 2017
• Salary range $17.27 to $20.13/per hour
• Series & grade WG-4754-05/05
• Promotion potential -- 05
• Supervisory status -- No
Apply here.

Wawa Plans To Hire 5,000 Employees During Three-Month Campaign: 

April 19, 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Delaware County Community College Career Fair, Stem Lobby, 901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063 (Delaware County)
Open positions include customer service and management.

Veterans Hiring Fair: 

April 28, 2017, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 South Lincoln Avenue, Building 37, Lebanon, PA 17042 (Lebanon County)
POC: 717-274-2554
This is for veterans only. Onsite interviews will be conducted.

Vacancies For Five Veterans Employment Representatives: 

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is currently recruiting to fill five vacancies for the veterans employment representative job titles. There is one vacancy for veterans employment representative 1 in Philadelphia. The agency is willing to fill this vacancy with a service-connected disabled veteran (job code VER1D) or an eligible veteran (job code 06370). There are four vacancies for veterans employment representative 2 -- one in each of the following counties: Allegheny, Berks, Butler, and Dauphin. The agency is willing to fill these positions with a service-connected disabled veteran (job code VER2D), an eligible veteran (job code 06380), or an eligible spouse (job code VER2S).

Log in to the Online Services section of the homepage, and select View Open Announcements & Apply from the menu. Reference announcement #2014-078 for veterans employment representatives to view the minimum requirements for each job title, submit your application and documentation of veterans’ status, and schedule your civil service exam. Be sure to select the one veterans’ status that applies to you, and choose job titles from the announcement accordingly.

POC: Job questions -- 717-772-1853, or for application and testing questions -- 717-783-3058.

UPS Global Business Services In Throop, PA Looking To Hire Veterans: 

The UPS facility in Throop (Lackawanna County) has openings for the following positions:
• Collections associate (Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
• Billing associate – night shift (Sun-Thurs 8:30 p.m.-5 a.m.)

All interested candidates must apply online. Forwarded resumes will not be accepted. The vacancies are listed as a Scranton, PA location on the website. POC: Jennifer Compton 570-969-3394 or [email protected]

 Veteran Events 

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.)

Spring Senior Fair: 

April 7, 2017, 9 a.m.-noon
Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017 (Lehigh County)
POC: Brenda G. Pagan-Fontanez 610-266-1273 or [email protected]

2017 Veterans Initiative Fly Fishing Kickoff Event: 

April 8, 2017, 8 a.m.-noon
Millport Conservancy, 737 East Millport Road, Lititz, PA 17543 (Lancaster County)
POC: Bill Nolan 717-875-7426 or [email protected]
This program will include an introduction to all the aspects of fly fishing, including: the proper fly fishing equipment and setup, flies and hatches on local trout streams, hands-on fly rod casting instruction, and techniques for catching trout in our local streams. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will have its Mobile Veterans Outreach Van there, along with staff, to answer any questions about veterans benefits.

Screening Of "Memories Of The Great War": 

April 8, 2017, 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. & 1:45 p.m.
Lansdowne Theater, 31 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA 19050 (Delaware County)
Watch a screening of the new film "Memories of the Great War," which features four descendants of World War I veterans sharing the stories from the war. Coffee, tea, lemonade and donuts will be available.

Senator McIlhinney Senior Expo: 

April 11, 2017, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Levittown Fire Company #1, Colonial Hall, 701 Fallsington - Tullytown Road, Levittown, PA 19030 (Bucks County)
POC: Jason McEwen 215-489-5000 or [email protected]

50th Anniversary Ceremony Honoring U.S. Vietnam War Veterans: 

April 13, 2017, 3-5 p.m.
Shaler Area Middle School, 1810 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw, PA 15116 (Allegheny County)
POC: Amber Lepic 412-487-660 or [email protected]
Veterans should call or e-mail to register.

Veterans Cafe: 

April 19, 2017, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
U.S. Army Heritage Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County)
POC: 717-258-1102 or [email protected]
Veterans of all services and eras are invited to the Veterans Café, a place for veterans to meet and share their stories. The breakfast is free but please R.S.V.P. to the POC above.

2017 Hersheypark Military Day: 

April 23, 2017, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hersheypark, Hershey, PA 17033 (Dauphin County)
POC: Kaila Lehr, 717-534-3353 or [email protected]
Advance ticket purchase price is $25. Walk-up ticket purchase price is $30. Parking is free. This is a semi-private event. Military and other select groups invited. This event is not open to the general public. Hershey Lodge is offering special military rates starting at $179 – plus applicable taxes. Receive 20 percent off sites and cabins at Hersheypark Camping Resort from April 21-23, 2017. For more information and to make your reservation, please call 1-800-HERSHEY (437-7439) and refer to military days at Hersheypark rooms.

Learn To Fish On Spring Creek: 

April 23, 2017, 1 p.m. until dusk
Fisherman's Paradise, 1150 Spring Creek Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823 (Centre County)
POC: Jim Lanning at 951-231-8000 or [email protected]
All veterans and active duty military personnel -- join the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited talented stream mentors to learn fly fishing, improve your existing skills, and learn about conservation projects to keep our streams and watersheds healthy and protected. They provide fishing gear, supplies, fishing license (as needed), a one-year membership to Trout Unlimited, and lots of fun and laughs. This is a family fishing program for veterans. This event is held the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

111th Attack Wing Military Retirees Appreciation Day: 

May 6, 2017, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Horsham Air Guard Station, 111th HQ, Building 203, Auditorium, Horsham, PA (Montgomery County)
POC: Jenny Pappas or Vincent Acquaviva at 215-323-7135, or [email protected] or [email protected]
This is a retiree information seminar. Complimentary lite buffet will be provided. R.S.V.P by April 21, 2017.

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