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Posted on: May 18, 2017

[ARCHIVED] News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, May 17

DMVA Digest
A publication of Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
May 17, 2017

 DMVA News 

Persian Gulf Bonus Program: 

Any current or former member of the armed forces who was a Pennsylvania resident at the time and served in the Persian Gulf during the period from Aug. 2, 1990 until Aug. 31, 1991 can receive up to $525 by applying for the Persian Gulf Veterans Bonus! The deadline for submitting applications for the program is Aug. 31, 2018. Learn More. 

 Around the State 

Berks County Armed Forces Day Parade Route And Information: 

The 69th Berks County Armed Forces Day parade will begin in the 800 block of Penn Ave., Wyomissing, PA (Berks County) at 10 a.m. For parade route and more information, Read More. 

Governor Tom Wolf Announces ‘Troops To Teachers’ Grant Program: 

Governor Tom Wolf recently announced that $400,000 in federal funds will provide support to veterans transitioning from military service to careers in education. The Troops to Teachers grant program, managed by the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), will create a robust network of teacher preparation programs around the commonwealth supporting veterans as they earn their teaching certifications. Read More. 

The Vietnam War WITF Stories: 

WITF’s Vietnam War Stories project is currently looking for stories from Vietnam veterans, anti-war activists, family members, conscientious objectors, Vietnamese-Americans, and others from south central Pennsylvania communities who lived through the Vietnam War. Share your story and view the Vietnam Story wall at Website.

Wills For Heros Program: 

The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, are proud to bring the Wills for Heroes program to veterans. Wills for Heroes is a free and easy service that provides wills, living wills, and health care and financial powers of attorney to veterans and their spouses/partners. Any questions, e-mail [email protected], or call 717-979-3500. For more information, go to Website.

 Across the Nation 

Blue Star Museums Offers Free Admission for Eighth Year: 

Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, is offering free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017. Learn More. 

New Veterans Affairs Chief: A Hands-On, Risk-Taking ‘Standout’: 

A gray-haired Vietnam veteran sat rustling on the paper of an examining table at the small veterans clinic in Grants Pass, OR on a recent afternoon. Then, his doctor for the day appeared on a screen in front of him, wearing a white lab coat and bulbous headphones. Read More. 

PTSD Decision Aid: 

Not sure about treatment for PTSD? Here’s a new tool to help you and the veteran you’re caring for learn more about what is available. Website. 

Thousands Of Veterans Want To Learn To Code—But Can’t: 

David Molina was stationed at Dover Air Force Base, 100 miles outside Baltimore, MD when he started trying to become a coder. After 12 years of service, his time in the army was almost up, and he needed a new career. Read More.

VA & Hepatitis C: Over 80,000 patients – 90 Percent Cure Rate: 

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made great progress in testing, treating, and curing hepatitis C (Hep C) for veterans enrolled in VA health care.
Read More. 

Veterans Choice Program (VCP) Phone Line Imposter: 

It has come to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) attention that a phone line has been set up by an unknown party to potentially "mimic" the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) phone line. This imposter phone line may be intended to reach veterans who inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly. The Veterans Health Administration Office of Community Care has reported the “mimic” line to the VA Office of Inspector General for a possible civil or criminal investigation. The phone line established to “mimic” the VCP phone line is 1-800-606-8198. You know you have reached the wrong VCP phone line when:
• The phone line offers callers a $100 rebate if the caller provides a credit card.
• The phone line does not state the caller has reached U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the VCP phone line.

The correct VCP phone line is 1-866-606-8198. This line is for veterans to check their eligibility for the VCP and ask questions about the program. If you are unsure if you have reached the correct phone line, hang up and dial 1-866-606-8198 again. The phone line will state the caller has reached the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

 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]

New State Employment Website Offers Improved Experience For Job Seekers: 

An overhaul of the state’s job website and improvements to the application process are helping to make commonwealth employment more attractive to job seekers, according to the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). Read More.

Apprenticeship On Prestigious Lamb Farm In Southwest PA: 

USDA Meat Plant near Latrobe, PA (Westmoreland County), seeking career-minded apprentice for immediate start. For more information and to apply go to Website.

Waste Management Hiring: 

Waste Management is now hiring energy services drivers in Elizabeth, PA (Allegheny County) and energy services rolloff drivers in Washington, PA (Washington County)
Apply at: Website.
You can also text "WASTE" to 51893 for more information.

Veterans Expo & Job Fair: 

May 31, 2017, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel, 1741 Papermill Road, Wyomissing (Berks County)
For more information: 717-285-1350
Veterans of all ages, active military, and their families are urged to attend the second annual Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair. Exhibitors represented will include community service providers, healthcare professionals, U.S. Veterans Administration benefits counselors, education/training providers, and business startup assistance, as well as businesses covering everything from home improvements, legal services, and finance to retirement living and insurance.

Military Hiring Fair Career Event: 

June 16, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
PNC Park 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County)
E-mail [email protected] with questions or for more information.
Join this one-of-a-kind event featuring a hiring fair, networking opportunities and workshops tailored for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members and military spouses. Participants are eligible to receive up to two free tickets for them and their families to attend that evening’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs - limited tickets available. At 9:30 a.m, a free employment workshop for job seekers will feature resume building, networking and interview tips.

 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.)

York Habitat For Humanity Accepting Active Duty/Veteran Homeowner Applications: 

York Habitat for Humanity
33 South Seward St., York, PA, 17404 (York County)
Currently seeking active duty or veteran service member applicants to become the next York Habitat for Humanity homeowner in Manchester, PA. Three main criteria: need, stable income, volunteer.
Contact Stacey at 717-854-6168, or email at [email protected] for an application. You can also stop by the office to apply.

Cohort III Of The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart Program Is Now Enrolling: 

A new program is available for veterans interested in starting their own small business. Cohort III of the Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is now enrolling for Oct. 14-22, 2017 at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia (Philadelphia County). The VEJ program is designed to provide veterans with the training, skills and services necessary to start their own small business. An overview of the program is available in this Video. The application process has begun, and enrollment is available through this Website.

Veterans Free Dental Care: 

May 18, 2017, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA (Luzerne County)
To make an appointment, contact Kerry Kearney 570-947-4441

Kickin It In The Park Tribute To Our Heroes: 

May 19, 2017
Showtime: 7 p.m. with grounds and activities opening at 4 p.m.
Taylor Memorial Park, Brockway (Jefferson County)
Buy Tickets.
All uniformed military personnel - FREE

Veterans Career, Wellness and Education Breakfast & Expo: 

May 20, 2017
Breakfast: 8-10 a.m.\Expo: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Technical College High School Brandywine Campus
443 Boot Rd., Downingtown, PA (Chester County)
Registration is required to attend breakfast. Register.

Walk For The Wounded: 

May 20, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)
Rose Tree Park, Media, PA (Delaware County)
For more information, call 888-289-0280

Sams Club Veterans Open House: 

May 21, 2017, 9 a.m.
Sam’s Club, 280 Indian Run St., Exton, PA (Chester County)
Join Sam’s Club at the event and get a $10 gift card.

Military Appreciation Breakfast: 

May 23, 2017, 7:30-9 a.m.
Community Club Arrowhead Café Bldg. 9-65 Fisher Avenue, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
For information, call 717-273-3727, or email [email protected]. Register.
Cost is $10 for all military (active, retired, vet) and $20 per member. Optional Ft. Indiantown Gap tour and a chance to use the firearms simulators in the Virtual Range Complex after breakfast!

Northwestern Pennsylvania Seven County Military/Veteran Expo: 

May 23, 2017, 2-6 p.m.
Cross Creek Resort, 3815 State Route 8, Titusville, PA 16354 (Crawford County)
POC: Clarion County, Judy Zerbe 814-226-4000 x2601; Crawford County, Richard Krankota 814-333-7314; Erie County, Thad Plasczyinski 814-4516270; Forest County, Basil Huffman 814-755-3404; Mercer County, Larry Scheetz 724-662-7511; Venango County, Richard Mulholland 814-432-9780; Warren County, Ed Burris 814-728-3478. Organizations and agencies from the seven counties will be there to answer questions and offer support.

Free Veterans Breakfast: 

May 25, 2017, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Bethany Village, Oaks Terrace Room, Door 30
5225 Wilson Lane, Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland County)
R.S.V.P. to 717-258-1102, or by email to [email protected]
Veterans of all services and eras are invited to the Veterans’ cafe, a place for veterans to meet and share their stories.

1st Annual Rural Area Veteran Stand-Down & Career Event: 

May 27, 2017, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Clearfield County Fair Grounds, Expo Center 1 & 2
Active military, Reserve and Guard members welcome
This is a great opportunity for our community to connect with our veterans and service members who have selflessly given of themselves by offering a hand up - not a handout - and a small way to say "thank you" for all of the sacrifices they have made.

Learn To Fish On Spring Creek: 

May 28, 2017, 1 p.m. until dusk
Fisherman’s Paradise, 1150 Spring Creek Rd, Bellefonte (Centre County)
We provide fishing gear, supplies, fishing license and lots of fun and laughs. This a family fishing program for all veterans and active duty military personnel.

Lebanon Memorial Day Parade: 

May 29, 2017, 9 a.m.-noon
POC: Bill Meiser, 717-443-0535, or email l[email protected]
Calling all veterans and family members to join us to honor our fallen comrades. The parade will begin at 8th and Cumberland streets (Lebanon County). A memorial ceremony will be held at Monument Park following the parade.

Women Veterans ROCK Summer Leadership Retreat: 

June 23-24, 2017
The Chubb Conference & Beautiful Golf Club, Lafayette Hill, PA (Montgomery County)
The Women Veterans Summer Leadership Retreat is dedicated to providing military women with tools such as "how to" techniques, professional strategies, and a national network, to join other women leaders as America’s newest catalysts for positive social change.

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