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DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 9, 2017
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Around the State
Bikers Ride To Benefit Veterans Service Canine Program In Lancaster County:
Motorcyclists met at the Marietta American Legion in Lancaster County and traveled to the American Legions in Shiloh and Red Lion, both in York County, before heading back to Marietta. The non-profit program provides service dogs and training to honorable combat Pennsylvania veterans. Read more.
Fort Indiantown Gap Announces August Live-Fire Exercises:
Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center is scheduled to host a series of live-fire exercises during August. The exercises include demolitions training Aug. 3-13 and Aug. 29, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. This schedule could change based on the training mission. Read more.
New Veterans Health Care Center Opens Next Month:
The new U.S. Veterans Affairs Butler Health Care Center will open to veterans on Sept. 5. The new center is located at 353 North Duffy Rd., Butler County, approximately 1.4 miles from the existing campus. It includes primary care, specialty care, mental health, dental, diagnostic, laboratory, pathology, radiology, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, physical rehabilitation, and women’s health. Read more.
On Jobs That Pay Tour, Governor Wolf Visits Logistics Plus Inc.:
Gov. Tom Wolf today visited Logistics Plus, Inc., a worldwide supply chain management company, to meet with employees and view the company’s plans for the expansion of its headquarters in the City of Erie. “It’s exciting to be in Erie touring another thriving company,” said Governor Wolf. “I am committed to supporting the growing business climate in region and love to see first-hand what an innovative company like Logistics Plus has planned for the future.” Read more.
PA-HART Trains With Chinook:
The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) held an exercise in York County focused on the movement of multiple Pennsylvania Volunteer Rescue Service Recognition (VRSR) water rescue teams. Read more.
U.S. Army Disposes Of More Than 700 Civil War-Era Cannonballs At Fort Indiantown Gap:
Members of the U.S. Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard teamed up with civilian authorities to demolish hundreds of Civil War-era cannonballs. Read more.
Westmoreland Notables: Longtime Military Man Helps Veterans:
After a nearly 20-year Air Force career that took him all over the world, Matt Zamosky returned to Westmoreland County looking for a job. Read more.
Across the Nation
1st Woman To Head DAV Will Focus On Female Vet, Caregiver Issues:
The first female commander of a top veteran advocacy organization, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), credits a lifelong love of asking questions and a willingness to try new things with leading her to the new job. Read more.
It's My Country Too:
It's My Country TooAiring Saturday, Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. EDT on C-SPAN2,Former Marine Corps officer, Tracy Crow, and former Naval officer, Jerri Bell, provide a history of women’s military efforts from the American Revolution to today.
Veteran Sexual Trauma Victims: You Are Not Alone:
Mary spends her time raising three children and volunteering to serve other veterans. She enlisted in the U.S. Army immediately after she completed school. During her four years in the Army, she was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions. She is not alone. 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]
Governor Wolf Announces Socafe To Relocate To Pennsylvania And Create 130 New Jobs In Lackawanna County:
Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Socafe, a coffee manufacturer and distributor, will relocate and expand its operations from New Jersey to Pennsylvania and create 130 new jobs in Lackawanna County. “With access to a skilled workforce, extensive infrastructure and committed state and local partners, manufacturers and distributers like Socafe can thrive here,” said Governor Wolf. Read more.
Philadelphia Veterans Job Fair:
Aug. 10, 2017, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.Lincoln Financial Field, One Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)Register.A RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo is an event where transitioning military, veterans, and their spouses can meet with recruiters from dozens of companies. These events are free for attendees.
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.)
VA Butler Healthcare Is Hosting A Series Of Health And Wellfare Activities:
For a full calendar of events for August and September, visit the Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare calendar.
The Chapel Of Four Chaplains Night At The Phillies:
Aug. 10, 2017, 7:05 p.m.The Philadelphia Phillies will play at home against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County)Seats are located at Sections 233-237 at $48 per ticket (includes $12 worth of concession credit that can be used for food or merchandise throughout the ballpark). $8 from each ticket sold will benefit the Chapel of Four Chaplains. When ordering tickets enter coupon code: TCFFC17Order tickets.
Veteran Information Available At Senator Lisa Baker’s Dallas Office Aug. 11:
A VFW service officer will be available for scheduled appointments from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11Senator Baker’s office, 22 Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway, Dallas, PA (Luzerne County)To schedule an appointment, call 570-675-3931State Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Lehman Township) invites veterans of all ages and from all service eras to utilize the Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officer Network to receive free information and assistance for government benefits including veterans affairs healthcare, compensation, pension, education and dependent benefits. Surviving spouses can also use these service officers at no charge to learn about their eligibility for VA benefits.
Lawrence County's 7th Annual Veterans Stand Down:
Aug. 11, 2017, 1-3 p.m.1st Battalion, 107th Field Artillery, 820 Frank Ave., New Castle, PA (Lawrence County)Point of contact: Missy Russell, 724-658-7258, ext. 1414 or Jesse Putnam, 724-656-2172"A Hand Up ... Not a Hand Out" - Serving homeless veterans, service members and their families, community members, and families in need. Free medical screenings, hygiene products, a light meal, and multiple organizations with resource information and referrals will be available.
Aug. 12, 2017, 9-11 a.m.Pittsburgh Area Commissary, 79 Soldiers Ln., Moon, PA (Allegheny County)Operation Homefront is set to host a nationwide school supply operation for military families. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed during the event. Please check the website below for available additional dates/sites throughout the U.S.Eligibility: Dependent children of military members, active and reserve.Website.
Helping Hands Benefit Ride & Creekside Event:
Aug. 12, 2017, registration is from 10-11:45 a.m., ride begins at noon, followed by a BBQ at 3 p.m.American Legion Riders 957, 640 Water St., New Berlin, PA (Union County). The BBQ is at 232 Jolly's Grove Lane, Weikert, PA (Union County)$15 per operator/$5 per passenger - all vehicles and public are welcome!All proceeds benefit Total Outdoors. Website.For further questions, contact Bruce Fisher at [email protected]
Volunteers Needed For 50 USO Center Positions At Ft. Indiantown Gap:
Aug. 14, 2017 5 p.m.USO Building (#13-190) Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)For further information, contact Margie Groy at 1-800-870-2616 or email [email protected]FiftyForward RSVP (volunteer program that engages adults age 55 and over) and USO want you and your friends to support the National Guard.
Aug. 14-18, 2017, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Mt. Pleasant Armory, 2239 School St., Mount Pleasant (Westmoreland County)To schedule an evening or weekend appointment, email Amber Snyder at [email protected] or [email protected]To ensure access to the Armory, please call 724-613-1021 or 724-542-0308 prior to arrival.Sponsored by Operation Homefront and local Dollar Tree stores to help military families offset the cost of the beginning of the school year. Come in and pick out what you need!
Military & Veterans' Appreciation Event, Hosted By Congressman Keith Rothfus:
Aug. 16, 2017, 4:30-8:30 p.m.Windber Recreation Park, Sequoia Pavilion, 2830-2898 Forest Hills Dr., Winder, PA (Somerset County)To R.S.V.P. email [email protected] or call 412-837-1361Please join Congressman Keith Rothfus to recognize all those who serve and have served our country. He will also provide a legislative update as well as information on how to get assistance with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
VA Butler Town Hall Meeting:
Aug. 16-17, 5-6 p.m.Clarion County CBOC, 56 Clarion Plaza, Suite 115, Monroe Township, PA 16214 (Clarion County)Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare is hosting a Town Hall Meeting to solicit feedback on VA operations, as well as provide the opportunity to be updated on current events at VA Butler. Read more.
Special Screenings Of The Vietnam War-A Documentary By Ken Burns And Lynn Novick:
Aug. 16, 29, and Sep. 12-All screenings begin at 6 p.m.Aug. 16 at the Willow Valley Cultural Center Theater, Aug. 29 at the Liberty USO of Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, PA (Lebanon County) and on Sep. 12 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County). WITF invites you to special community screenings of THE VIETNAM WAR–a landmark documentary film series by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick. All screenings are free and open to the public. Details.
Welcome Home Event:
Aug. 18, 2017 6-9 p.m.Erie Zoo, 423 W 38th St., Erie, PA (Erie County)Erie County Veterans Affairs invites returning veterans, their families, and veterans of all eras to attend the annual welcome home event in honor of their service. Ticket required! Call for or pickup your tickets at the following locations: Transition & Care Management Office, 814-860-2567, Erie VAMC, 1st Floor; Voluntary Service Office, 814-860-2453 Erie, VAMC, 2nd Floor; Vet Center, 814-453-7955, Erie Metro Center, 240 W. 11th St.Tickets are limited to first-come first-serve. Tickets include entry to the zoo, free carousel & train rides, a hot dog, chips and a drink. This event is a one stop shop to connect with a number of VA programs and other veteran-related community resources while offering fun for the whole family.
Warriors Of America Black Tie Fashion Style Gala:
Aug. 19, 2017, 5-11 p.m.Scotland Community Center, 3832 Scotland Main St., Scotland, PA (Franklin County)For tickets and information contact Dominique Brown at 717-331-7402 or email her at [email protected]Cocktail reception, wine & spirits bar, three course dinner, dancing, and charity auction. Elected officials/retired military heroes tickets $25-VIP tickets $35.
3rd Annual Jakie Invitational Miniature Golf Tournament:
Aug. 20, 2017, two start times: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.Rich Valley Golf Course, 227 Rich Valley Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland County)Register.Parrot Heads in Amish Paradise is partnering with Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. (PAWW) for the 3rd Annual “Jakie Invitational” Miniature Golf Tournament. $20/adult golfer, $10/child golfer (12 yrs. & under). Event includes golf, picnic-style meal, soft drinks, and water.
Schuylkill County Veterans Town Hall Meeting:
Aug. 24, 2017, 4 p.m.D.H.H. Lengel Middle School, 1541 Laurel Blvd., Pottsville (Schuylkill County)For questions about the event, call 717-272-6621, ext. 4298 or email [email protected]This event provides veterans with an opportunity to be briefed on the latest developments at the Department of Veterans Affairs and services provided in Schuylkill County. The town hall also serves as a forum for veterans to provide feedback and ask questions to Lebanon VAMC senior leadership.
Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) At Night:
August 25, 2017, 7 p.m.Seven Oaks Country Club, 132 Lisbon Road, Beaver, PA 15009 (Beaver County)This event is free with free food and a cash bar.R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or [email protected] . Please mention DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.The VBC is a nonprofit that creates communities of listening around veterans and their stories. Storytelling events, both morning and night, are held throughout Western Pennsylvania. Veterans from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan share their stories.This is open to the public, and you don’t need to be a veteran to attend.
Pennsylvania’s 24th Annual Ride For Freedom Motorcycle Ride:
Aug. 27, 9-11 a.m. with kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. Ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m.The main staging area will be located at 5th and Franklin streets in Womelsdorf, PA (western Berks County).For more information, please contact ride organizer Bernie Bingham at 610-689-5040 or [email protected]The event is sponsored by the POW/MIA/Forget-Me-Nots, Inc. and the Reading Motorcycle Club. Participants will ride to Reading City Park, where a ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Vietnam War Memorial. The names of all Pennsylvanians who remain missing in action will be read and honored.
Military Share A Fresh Express Program:
Aug. 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Elizabethtown National Guard Armory, 1455 N. Market St., Elizabethtown, PA (Lancaster County)Register by Aug. 14 for the free MilitaryShare distribution. Contact Kim Houck at 610-929-1509, ext. 122, or email her at [email protected]MilitaryShare, a Fresh Express Program of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, is designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for families with at least one member who has served or is currently serving in the armed forces.
Flying Legends Of Victory Tour:
Aug. 28–Sept. 4, 2017The B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey” will be in State College, PA (Centre County)For tour and ride hours, pricing, and to book a flight now, please visit this website.A one-of-a-kind collection of the rarest historical military planes in the world will be near you. Come see them up close, and better yet fly in one! Departing from University Park Airport. There are a limited number of seats, flights are filling up fast.