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Posted on: September 13, 2017

[ARCHIVED] DMVA Digest September 17th

 DMVA News 

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends Aug. 31, 2018: 

Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 have less than one year to collect a special, one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice. Applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus are due by Aug. 31, 2018. Read more.

Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Recipients Acknowledged For Improving The Lives Of Pennsylvania’s Veterans And Their Families: 

Recently, Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, acknowledged central PA Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) grant recipients for improving the lives of nearly 900,000 Pennsylvania veterans and their families. The event was held in Camp Hill and hosted by Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. and the first of four stops throughout the state. Grants issued through the VTF allow DMVA to expand its partnerships with charitable organizations, veteran’s service organizations and county directors of veterans’ affairs. Read more.

PA National Guard Chinook Helicopters Air Drop Hay To Starving Cattle: 

Cowboy Church has become a main staging area for cattle rescue in Orange County, Texas. Chinook helicopters are being loaded with bales of hay to be air dropped to various locations where cattle is stranded and starving. The Chinook helicopters are part of the Harvey recovery effort provided by the Pennsylvania National Guard. Two helicopters are working in tandem to shuttle hay by air across flooded terrain. Read more.

 Around the State 

National Guard Offers Insight On What To Research Before Joining Military: 

Joining the military can be a life changing decision. Pennsylvania National Guard member, SSG Mike Schriefer stopped by FOX43 Morning News to offer his insight on what to research before joining the armed forces. Read more.

Operation Toy Soldier - Local Effort Begins To Collect Toys For Military Families: 

Operation Toy Soldier, a charitable effort to provide toys to children of military families, is bringing its program to Mercer County, PA. Christmas as well as back-to-school can be very stressful for military families because of the financial demands placed on them. Operation Toy Soldier aims to relieve some of that pressure. Read more.

Popular Historian John Maietta Returns To Library For World War I Program: 

Join local historian John Maietta as he presents a two-part program, “Over There and Back Home: America and World War I,” that covers the causes of the war, its course on the battlefields of Europe, and its impact on the lives of ordinary people back home. The first program will be presented at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, with the second part at Monday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m., both at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E 4th St., Williamsport, PA 17701 (Lycoming County). Read more.

Team Spends 9/11 Improving Altoona War Monuments: 

A group of volunteers was hard at work recently sprucing up monuments on 40th St. as a thank you to local veterans. The Central Pennsylvania National Guard and Veterans Association has been working to maintain all of the 32 monuments in Blair County. Read more.

 Across the Nation 

Final Mission: Vietnam Veteran Makes Fishing Trip Near His Point Marion Home: 

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Lincoln's last tour in Vietnam was cut short in 1970. Nearly 50 years later, he had only one mission left — to set out onto the Monongahela River near his childhood home in Point Marion for a fishing trip. Read more.

Owing $60,000 For A $20,000 loan? That's What's Happening To Several Elderly Veterans: 

When Nola Wright agreed to get a $20,000 advance on his pension, little did the 66-year-old Vietnam War veteran know that he was one of hundreds of retirees to do business with a company in the crosshairs of regulators in Pennsylvania and eight other states. Read more.

Remembering 9/11: Veterans, First Responders Share Their Stories: 

Monday marked 16 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., and memories of that day and its aftermath still weigh heavy on the minds of Humboldt County residents, veterans and first responders. Read more.

Rutgers University R Heroes Program - 2,400 Tickets Available To Rutgers Vs. Morgan State: 

Sept. 16, 2017, 3:30 p.m., High Point Solutions Stadium, 1 Scarlet Knight Way, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
Point of contact: Jessica Koffie, 609-553-4851
Rutgers University R Heroes program invites all retired and active military personnel to attend a Military Appreciation Day football game against Morgan State for free.

September Marks Suicide Prevention Month: 

The message from the Department of Veterans Affairs during Suicide Prevention Month is simple: Be there. “We know that in 2014, an average of 20 veterans a day died in this country from suicide, which is 20 too many,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin. Read more.

VA Awards $188 Million In Grant Funding To Help Homeless Veterans: 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced $188 million in grants for two programs benefiting homeless veterans. The grants were made through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program and awarded to community agencies that provide services to homeless veterans. Awards were made to programs in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Read more.

Wounds From War Still Fresh: 

As the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks unfolded, Army wife Tera Bull felt compelled to call her husband to reveal she was pregnant with their first child. Douglas Bull, a Wilkes-Barre native, was nearing the end of his four-year commitment and she thought the news might convince him to opt for civilian life rather than reenlist. 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]

Harold Warner Construction Hiring: 

Call 717-697-6281
Harold Warner Construction (Cumberland County), a veteran owned general contractor serving both commercial businesses and government organizations, is looking for tradesmen or subcontractors with the following skills: masonry, carpentry, electric, plumbing and HVAC. Experienced veterans please apply!

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Veteran Recruitment Appointment: 

Veteran Recruitment Appointment allows VA Pittsburgh to hire eligible veterans without competition to positions at any grade level through GS-11. Read more.

Waste Management Hiring Diesel Mechanics: 

Waste Management is now hiring evening shift senior diesel mechanics and diesel mechanics in Telford, PA (Bucks and Montgomery County).
Text WASTE to 51893 or call 877-220-5627 for more information.
Must be 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, and clean driving record. Applicant must have two years of relevant experience working on heavy trucks, diesel engines or farm equipment (minimum of four years experience for senior level positions).

Waste Management Hiring Event: 

Sept. 14, 2017, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Text WASTE to 51893 or call 877-220-5627 for more information.
310 Leger Rd., North Huntingdon PA (Westmoreland County)
Waste Management is now hiring drivers, diesel mechanics and welders for Elizabeth and North Huntingdon, PA locations. Pre-registration strongly encouraged.

Military Hiring Fair Career Event: 

Sept. 14, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St., Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County)
Questions contact [email protected]
Join local and national employers for a hiring fair for veterans, military service members and military spouses. Jobs will be available for all ranks and levels of experience.

Lancaster Career Night: 

Sept. 19, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
This event will provide you the opportunity to meet and speak with management and financial advisors, and explore career opportunities.

 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.)

MilitaryShare Food Assistance Program: 

Second Monday monthly, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
VFW Post 8685, 126 North 16th Ave., Altoona, PA (Blair County)
Call Patti Robinson at 814-312-3212 to pre-register.

Every fourth Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
American Legion Post #44, 309 Point Township, Northumberland, PA (Northumberland County)
Call Dick Simpson at 570-847-1974 to pre-register.

First Wednesday of the month, 3 p.m.
Airville Volunteer Fire Company, 3576 Delta Rd., Airville, PA (York County)
Call Dawn Moskos at 717-246-1446 to pre-register.

Starting Sept. 13 & every third Friday, 2-5 p.m.
Palmyra Memorial Post 6417, 232 E. Main St., Palmyra, PA (Lebanon County)
Call Tina Snavely at 717-980-6880 to pre-register.

All veterans, service members and their families in need. Proof of military service, such as DD214, Military ID or VA Medical Card is required to register. Participants must pre-register to be eligible.

Walk With A Veteran: 

Sept. 14, 2017, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Dr., Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County)
Point of contact: Jeff Hawks, 717-258-1102 or email [email protected]
Veterans of all services are invited. Share your experiences with local middle-school students and explore the Army Heritage Trail together. Lunch is included.

James E. Van Zandt VAMC Health & Wellness Community Summit: 

Sept. 14, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., registration, 8:30-9 a.m.
John P. Murtha Center for Public Service & National Competitiveness, campus of Pitt-Johnstown, 450 School House Rd., Johnstown, PA (Cambria County)
Point of contact: [email protected]
This free summit will address key issues that affect veterans, their families, and the community, including suicide prevention, teaching kids to cope, advanced treatments for injured service members, and access to care and services for veterans.

Candlelight Vigil To Honor POWs And MIAs: 

Sept. 15, 2017, 7 p.m.
Lititz Springs Park, Lititz, PA (Lancaster County)
Every year since 1989, our country remembers and honors military men and women who remain missing in action or are prisoners of war. This year, the Lititz VFW will hold a candlelight vigil on Sept. 15 to honor the POWs and MIAs with guest speaker Brigadier General David E. Wood, who serves as director of the Joint Staff for the Pennsylvania National Guard. Read more.

Telehealth Education Delivered: 

Sept. 14, 2017, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Heinz Campus, O'Hara Twp., PA (Allegheny County)
Telehealth Education Delivered (TED) is a vehicle equipped with technologies that provides education and training on a range of telehealth and patient care solutions. TED will demonstrate ways telehealth can extend healthcare access, enhance patient care, and enable collaboration among healthcare. The team from Paws4Vets will be there to inform visitors of service dog opportunities for veterans.

6th Annual March For The Fallen 5K, 14-Miler, 28-Miler: 

Sept. 16, 2017
Fort Indiantown Gap (Lebanon County)
For questions, email [email protected]
The March for the Fallen is a greater community event hosted by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap to honor the memory of all who have fallen in the defense of our nation.

Free Making $ense Of Finance Conference Coming Up For Service Members: 

Sept. 16, 2017, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA (Franklin County)
Registration and conference information are available at Free Making $ense Conference.
Pennsylvania Military Finance Alliance, a cooperative effort that includes the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, is sponsoring a free one-day conference to educate members of the military and their families on the unique financial and investment decisions they will face.

The Mutt Strut At Upper Frick Park In Pittsburgh: 

Sept. 16, 2017, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Upper Frick Park, Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
Spend a beautiful day in the park and make a difference in the life of a veteran – register now to attend the 2017 Pittsburgh Mutt Strut!

Out Of The Darkness Community Walk: 

Sept. 16, 2017, registration at noon, walk at 1 p.m.
Johnsonburg Community Center, 600 Market St., Johnsonburg, PA (Elk County)
Point of contact: Alyse Martinez, 814-594-7182 or email [email protected]
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP®): 

Sept. 18, 25, and, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 24, 31, 6-8 p.m.
Halcyon Activity Center, 728 Walnut St., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
To register call the Recovery InSight, Inc. office, 877-597-9497, Ext. 10
Develop a daily maintenance plan, identify triggers and how to deal with them, identify early warning signs, develop a crisis action plan, and learn how to live a healthy, independent life. Workbook, snacks and drinks provided. Certificate received upon completion of all eight-week sessions.

Honor Flight Philadelphia WW-II & Korea Veterans: 

Sept. 18, 2017
Flourtown Country Club, Flourtown, PA (Montgomery County)
Veteran application.
Point of contact: JoDean at 610-627-1494
Honor Flight Philadelphia recognizes veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by taking veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial, as guests, at no charge to the veteran. Top priority (for which applications are being accepted) is given to World War II veterans and terminally ill veterans from all wars.

Trap And Pistol Shoot: 

Sept. 22-24, 2017
Clairton Sportsmen's Club, 412 Coal Valley Rd., Clairton, PA (Allegheny County)
Sept. 22, 2017: pistol shoot, 9:45 a.m.; registration for trap, noon-4:30 p.m.; picnic reception, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 23, 2017: trap shoot, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; "top the top shot", 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 24, 2017: trap shoot, 9 a.m.; awards lunch, 1 p.m.
Trap and Pistol Shoot is Sponsored and organized by the Paralyzed Veterans of America and benefits programs for paralyzed veterans. Open to everyone.
Point of contact: Joe Dornbrock at 1-800-775-9323 or 412-781-2474 or by email [email protected]

PA Veteran Farming Project: 

Sept. 22, 2017, 1-4:30 p.m.
Chester County Economic Development Center (Chester County)
The PA Veteran Farming project is co-sponsoring a workshop for those interested in leasing land to farm. Cost is $10 and attendees will learn about: farm leasing from a legal perspective; farmland leasing options through land trusts; protecting your farmland through land trusts; farmer panel and networking opportunities. Visit the website for more information.

Veterans' Cafe: 

Sept. 23, 2017, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1480 Jerusalem Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland County)
Please RSVP to 717-258-1102 or by email [email protected]
Veterans' Café is a time for veterans of all services to meet and share their stories.

The Pottstown Veterans' Community Day: 

Sept. 23, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Memorial Park, 75 W. King St., Pottstown, PA (Montgomery County)
Point of contact: Cathy Paretti at 610-327-4331 or email [email protected]
The Pottstown Veterans' Community Day is a day of community togetherness and entertainment for the Greater Pottstown Area. Proceeds from this event, support the event and used to serve the veterans' community and improve and maintain the WWII and Vietnam Veterans Memorials in the Park.
Connect with us on Facebook to learn more. Facebook.

Butler County Stand Down: 

Sept. 29, 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
American Legion Post 778, 150 Legion Memorial Ln., Butler, PA (Butler County)
Point of contact: Dhana LeFevre at 724-287-6797 or Allyson Rose at 724-284-5114
A day of free services, supports and resources for homeless veterans, veterans at risk of homelessness, service members, community members, and families in need.

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