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Posted on: June 22, 2017

[ARCHIVED] PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs June 21st newsletter

DMVA News 

HB 218 Would Jeopardize Military Readiness, Care For Veterans: 

Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, said he fears that the cuts contained in the House Republican budget proposal (HB 218) would jeopardize military readiness and diminish care for the commonwealth’s veterans. Read more.

East Vincent Township Veteran Housing Project Holds Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: 

A new affordable housing center looking to help at-risk veterans opened its doors to the public. Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Eric Weller, deputy adjutant general of Veterans Affairs, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, made remarks. Read more.

 Around the State 

Big 33 Hospital Visit Inspires PA Coach Botta, Players: 

Franklin Regional’s Greg Botta coached the Big 33 Football Classic a few years ago, so he already knew to expect the two-a-day practices in the Harrisburg heat. But it’s the off-the-field activities that provide the surprising moments, said Botta, who took his Pennsylvania players to a veterans hospital this week and left inspired. Read more.

Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Announces $200,000 In New Awards - Two PA Veteran Farmers Receive Awards: 

Military veterans turned farmers from around the country received a major boost as Farmer Veteran Coalition announced $200,000 in new awards for the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. Fifty farmer veterans representing all military branches and multiple service-eras were notified via email that they were awarded a 2017 Fellowship, bringing the total amount awarded in the program’s history to more than $1.5 million. Read more.

Gilbert Veteran Records CD To Help Struggling Vets: 

Having served for two years in the U.S. Marines and 25 years in the U.S. Army, Richard Hoffman of Gilbert (Monroe County) knows what it’s like to experience the horrors of war overseas only to return home to struggle with readjusting to society. Read more.

Groups Offer Help To Westmoreland Veterans Who Fall On Hard Times: 

Terrence Stubbs has been settling in at his new apartment for about two weeks. The former Green Beret counts himself lucky to have found one that will accept his four cats — and fortunate to have connected with nonprofit Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, which covered his first month’s rent and helped him find a source of affordable furnishings. Read more.

Pennsylvania Children Of The Wounded And Fallen Patriot Scholarship: 

The Pennsylvania Children of the Wounded and Fallen Patriot Scholarship is a one-time $25,000 scholarship awarded to the dependent child of a military service member who was wounded in the line of duty or died while serving with the United States Military since Sept. 11, 2001. For questions or for an application, contact Denise Ann Todero at 814-533-2481, or email at [email protected].

Plans Forming For Sept. 23 Honor Flight: 

Area veterans who missed the Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. in May, haven’t missed their chance to see the national memorials built in their honor. The Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight hub is planning another flight for Sept. 23, 2017, and veterans in the McKean/Potter county area are invited to join them. Through the program, veterans are transported to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials. Read more.

Saint Joseph’s Small Business Training Program For Veterans -- Apply Today: 

On the front lines, United States service men and women serve and protect the American dream. When they return home, many desire to achieve it for themselves. At Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, veterans with a desire to start their own business or venture are given the tools, confidence and opportunity to make their dreams a reality. Website.

 Across the Nation 

Census Of Agriculture: 

Are you a veteran and work in the agriculture industry? Have you signed up to take part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture? This is the first year they’re tracking military service. With comprehensive data about how many veterans are involved in agriculture, the USDA will be able to shape programs and initiatives, and expand access to resources for farmer veterans. Read more.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship: 

Do you want to run your own dairy farm? Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) is a national apprenticeship registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. There are DGA approved master grazing farms in Pennsylvania seeking apprentices. Read more. For more information, please contact education coordinator Aaron de Long at 484-680-3778, or email at [email protected].

The Van Hipp Heroes Scholarship: 

Through this scholarship, the National Guard Educational Foundation will provide up to $1,000/year higher education scholarships for Guardsmen wounded in OEI, OIF and OND. This year, up to 10 scholarships will be awarded. The deadline for application submission is July 1st. Application. Any questions, contact Luke Guthrie at 202-408-5886, or email at [email protected]

Dental Care Day Of Service For Veterans: 

Dentists and teams with Aspen Dental practices are pleased to bring free dental care to veterans nationwide on June 24, 2017. Interested veterans should call 844-ASPEN-HMM to find a participating Aspen Dental office and schedule an appointment in advance. Advance appointments are required. Website.

 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]

Parole Communications Operator (46021): 

The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole is currently recruiting to fill 12 parole communications operator vacancies in Dauphin County. Applications will only be accepted until June 23, 2017. When applying, you must indicate a willingness to accept employment in Dauphin County.
Website. Log in to the Online Services section of the homepage and select View Open Announcements and apply from the menu. Reference announcement #2015-064 parole communications operator to submit your application and schedule your exam.

Wolf Administration Adds New Programs To Assist Job Seekers With Target Training Opportunities: 

Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) approved the addition of five new apprenticeship programs and two new apprenticeship occupations to help employers train the workers they need and assist job seekers in establishing career pathways that lead to jobs that pay. Website.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg Hiring: 

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg is seeking applicants for full and part-time positions. Website.

Current Positions For Recruitment At The Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center: 

• Physician (part-time) Tobyhanna, AD-0602-00, job opportunity bulletin #693-17-CP-1971434-BU
• Physician assistant (SOPC), VN-0603-00, job opportunity bulletin #693-17-CP-1972339-BU
• Physician (SOPC), VN-0602-00, job opportunity bulletin #693-17-CP-1972325-BU
• Nurse practitioner, Sayre Outpatient Clinic, VN-0610-00, job opportunity bulletin #693-17-CP-1972338-BU
• Registered nurse ICU, VN-0610-00, job opportunity bulletin #693-17-BSN-1973722 –BU
• Registered nurse-care manager (primary care/women’s health), VN-0610-00, job opportunity bulletin #693-17-BSN- 1973762-BU
• Registered nurse-primary care-PACT-Williamsport-(WOPC), VN-0610-00, job opportunity bulletin #693-17-BSN- 1973742-BU
• Physician assistant, VN-0603-00, job opportunity bulletin #693-17-JH-1968292-OCA-BU

To apply and for more information, go to Website.

 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.)

Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ): 

Enrollment thru July 10. Program starts in August; On-campus segment is Oct. 14-22, 2017
All day during Phase II (Oct 14-22) on the Saint Joseph’s University campus
Saint Joseph’s University, 5400 City Ave., Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
POC: Ralph Galati (director, Veterans Services), 610-660-3263 or email to [email protected]
VEJ is designed to provide veterans with the training, skills and services necessary to start their own small business. This program is provided at no charge to all honorably discharged veterans, regardless of disability status. Veterans accepted from all over the country. All travel and living expenses are included. An overview of the program is available in this video: Youtube video.

Veterans Rural Outreach Event Blair & Cambria County: 

June 22, 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sankertown VFW-133 Pennsylvania Ave, Cresson, PA 16630 (Cambria County)
Contact: 814-255-0355
Veteran experts/advocates will discuss and present topics such as benefits, claims, caregiving, discharge upgrades, healthcare, PTSD, veteran support groups, homelessness, outreach & enrollment, military medals & records, vocational rehabilitation, veterans court, and job search assistance. Sponsored by Veteran Community Initiatives, Inc. and the Sankertown VFW.

Women Veterans ROCK Summer Leadership Retreat: 

June 23-24, 2017
The Chubb Conference and 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.

World War II Living History: 

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
402 Henry Rd., Nazareth, PA (Northampton County). Just off the Belfast exit of Route 33
Adults $5, free to children 12 & under, Jacobsburg Historical Society members, active duty military, and Scouts in uniform.

Veterans’ Resource Fair: 

June 24, 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Calvary Lutheran Church, 208 Woods Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA, 17055 (Cumberland County)
For more information, please contact Bill Reed at 717-234-7931, ext. 3126, or email at [email protected]
The event is free. Light lunch provided. On site: Veterans Administration Veterans Center; PA National Guard transition assistance; YWCA Greater Harrisburg veterans housing supportive services and employment programs; New Hope Ministries; assistance obtaining service records; and information on benefits and programs.

Operation Renovation -- A Veterans Affair: 

June 25-July 1, 2017
Berks County area
Contact: Kelley Coates at 610-372-8433, or email [email protected]
Dynamic project that is widely supported by the Berks County community and organized by Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks that both funds repairs and makes the repairs to homes in the community that are owned by U.S. veterans and their families.

Mental Health First Aid - Perry County: 

June 27, 2017, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m.
Newport Family Life Center
27 W. Shortcut Rd., Newport, PA (Perry County) Register.

Mental Health First Aid - Philadelphia County: 

June 29, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Center In The Park (First Floor Classroom)
5818 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)

Women Veterans ROCK: 

Registration Opens July 1, 2017
Women Veterans Civic Leadership Institute, Fall 2017
Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118 (Philadelphia County)
The Women Veterans Civic Leadership Institute is a one-year fellowship program dedicated to transforming the can-do-spirit in military service into a post-military spirit of civic and community leadership which serves and benefits the common good of all humanity.

2017 Honor Ride Philadelphia: 

Sept. 16, 2017
Central Park, 425 Wells Rd., Doylestown, PA (Bucks County)
6:45 a.m. rider check-in; 7:30 a.m. pre-ride ceremony; ride begins at 8 a.m.
There are hundreds of thousands of veterans who suffer from various wounds, whether visible or not. All of Project Hero’s events help fund life-changing veteran rehabilitation services that are available at no cost to these healing heroes.

March For The Fallen: 

Sept. 16, 2017
Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
Register. Email questions to [email protected]
Walk, ruck, or run with your family, friends or unit to remember the fallen.

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