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Posted on: January 18, 2018

[ARCHIVED] News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs Jan. 17, 2018


DMVA's Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home Is Hosting An Open House:

You're invited! DMVA's Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home, situated in the scenic rolling hills of Blair County, will host an Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Come and witness the first-class care available to PA veterans and their spouses. Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home is committed to its philosophy, "We care for our veterans." Read more.

Ceremony Was Held For 500 Members Of PA National Guard Set To Deploy Overseas:

A departure ceremony was held on Jan 13, 2018 in Harrisburg for about 500 members of Pennsylvania National Guard deploying to the Middle East. Members of the 28th Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion were honored during the ceremony at the Zembo Temple. Read more.

Busiest National Guard Training Site Getting New $11.5 Million Facility:

Fort Indiantown Gap (Lebanon County) is the busiest National Guard training facility in the U.S., and a new $11.5 million building will help it support that mission. "The National Guard's job has not gotten easier over the last 5-10 years," said Pennsylvania Adjutant Gen. Anthony Carrelli. Read more.

State Military Officials Visit Houtzdale State Correctional Institution (SCI) Veterans Service Unit:

Several high-ranking state military officials visited the SCI at Houtzdale to tour the prison’s Veterans Service Unit. Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli and the PA National Guard’s senior enlisted leader Command Sgt. Maj. Harry Buchanan, were among the honored guests. Read more.

 Around the State

1,800 Gymnasts Perform In Erie To Benefit Veterans:

More than 1,800 athletes competed in Erie, PA (Erie County) recently and it was quite the show. Erie Gymnastics Center and Team Lighting hosted the 17th annual Stars and Stripes Invitational. The event is the largest co-ed gymnastics invitational in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the eastern United States. Read more.

150,000 Volunteers Participate In Service Projects Across Region On MLK Day:

The 23rd annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service put an estimated 150,000 volunteers to work at 1,800 service projects across the region. Jose Martinez of the veterans group gave away blankets, clothing and toiletries to vets in transition. The theme for this year is the Poor People’s Campaign, launched by Dr. King months before his assassination. Read more.

171st Spotlight – Staff Sgt. Sheldon Williams:

Staff Sgt. Sheldon A. Williams Jr., crew chief and aircraft mechanic with the 171st Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Group, persues his lifelong passion for music while continuing a family legacy of public service. Read more.

Business Events Generate Donations For Central Pennsylvania Food Bank:

A donation from two Lewisburg (Union County) community leaders will help the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provide 6,000 meals to Union County residents. Threading Love owner Kaitlin Schuck and Lewisburg Studio photographer Amber Gardner presented a $1,000 check to Carla Fisher, the food bank’s marketing coordinator, and Laura Kittle, volunteer associate. Read more.

Damaged Veterans Memorial Will Be Repaired:

Two panels from the Greencastle-Antrim Veterans Memorial in Franklin County will be removed and sent to Ohio to be restored after being spray-painted by vandals last summer. A $2 can of spray-paint caused about $10,000 in damages. Read more.

Going Mobile To Help Veterans:

Getting the answers you seek to puzzling questions can be extra difficult when you don't know who to talk to or where to go. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is trying to remove that obstacle. A service on wheels is helping vets throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Read more.

Governor Tom Wolf Declares Opioid State Of Emergency, Announces 13 New Initiatives:

Governor Tom Wolf announced a 90-day opioid emergency declaration. Wolf says the declaration will increase the state’s response to the epidemic and allow agencies to work more closely together. The governor also announced 13 new initiatives in hopes of having an impact on that crisis. Read more.

Return The Favor – Troops To Tractors:

One of the mottos this year at the Pennsylvania Farm Show is “farmers are the two percent of the nation who feed us, veterans are the two percent of the nation who protect us.” There’s an organization helping those who served transition into a career in agriculture. Read more.

Store Policies Can Be Confusing For Veterans:

If stores want to say they are “honoring those who serve,” then they should do just that. Honor those who serve means honoring those who are on active duty or in the National Guard or the Reserve. Read more.

Veterans Organizations Exempt From Realty Tax In Pennsylvania:

Nationally recognized veterans organizations are now exempt from the Realty Transfer Tax, under a sponsored provision. Read more.

 Across the Nation

Calling All Artists, Performers, Musicians And Writers – Veterans Arts Festival And Competitions Kick Off:

The 2018 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition began Jan. 1, 2018. During the months of January, February and March, veterans enrolled at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities or outpatient clinics are invited to enter their art, music, dance, drama and creative writing entries into the local competition phase. Read more.

Childhood Adversity And Alcohol, Drug Use – Risks Veterans Should Know:

Veterans with a history of childhood abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction may be at a higher risk for problematic alcohol or drug use, especially if you are a woman veteran. Read more.

New Commemorative Silver Dollar Recognizes World War I Centennial:

The World War I centennial year has arrived. There are a number of events planned in Europe to commemorate military campaigns and battles in the months ahead. In the meantime, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and many federal agencies will continue to participate in planning for the 100th anniversary of the armistice. Read more.

President Trump Signs Executive Order To Improve Mental Health Resources For Veterans:

President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled, “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.” This executive order directs the U.S. Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to develop a plan to ensure that all new veterans receive mental health care for at least one year following their separation from service. Read more.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Becomes First Hospital System To Release Opioid Prescribing Rates:

Secretary of VA Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA has begun publicly posting information on opioids dispensed from VA pharmacies, along with VA’s strategies to prescribe these pain medications appropriately and safely. Read more.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Furthers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy:

On Jan. 20, 1986, the United States celebrated the first national holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Today, the observance has become not only a day of celebration, remembrance and education, but also a day of service. Read more.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Now Offer Same-Day Care:

VA announced a major milestone, that 100 percent of its more than 1,000 medical facilities across the country now offer same-day services for urgent primary and mental health-care needs. Read more.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Revises Regulations On Reimbursement For Emergency Treatment Of Veterans:

VA revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service connected conditions at non-VA facilities. VA will begin processing claims for reimbursement of reasonable costs that were only partially paid by the veteran’s other health insurance. Read more.

Veterans Continue To Succeed In Higher Education:

Thousands of student veterans and their supporters convened in San Antonio, Texas, for the annual Student Veterans of America conference. The conference lasted two and half days, providing breakout sessions and keynotes to help inspire student veterans. Read more.

Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program:

The Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship applications are being accepted through Feb. 28, 2018. 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]

Governor Tom Wolf Tours All Sports America, Touts Collaboration In Reshoring And New Jobs Creation:

Governor Tom Wolf visited All Sports America, a manufacturer of athletic uniforms, to highlight the administration’s support for the project and manufacturer’s efforts to reshore jobs from overseas to Pennsylvania. Read more.

Governor Tom Wolf Announces Silgan Containers Expanding Into Pennsylvania And Creating New Manufacturing Jobs In The Lehigh Valley:

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Silgan Containers, LLC, a manufacturer of steel and aluminum containers for human and pet food, will expand their operations into Pennsylvania and create 29 new manufacturing jobs in Upper Macungie Township (Lehigh County). Read more.

Join U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Nursing Virtual Career Fair:

VA is the nation’s largest employer of nurses, offering a wide range of practice settings and opportunities in which to advance a career. To kick off the new year, you are invited to join an online career fair on Jan. 18, 2018. Read more.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System Vocational Services Open Briefing:

- Every Tuesday, 9 a.m.
- VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, H.J. Heinz Campus, Veterans Recovery Center, Building 69, Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- Point of contact: 412-822-1286 or 412-822-1287
- Learn about employment opportunities available.

The Farm At Greater Washington County Food Bank Is Seeking An Agricultural Innovation Manager:

- Greater Washington County Food Bank
- 909 National Pike West, Brownsville, PA (Washington County)
- Position: agricultural innovation manager
- Type of position: Full-time
- Job posting.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Is Looking For Medical Center Directors To Honor America’s Veterans In These Locations:

The recent VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 dramatically speeds up the hiring process for medical center and network director positions. Thanks to the new law, VA now has the flexibility to hire qualified health care executives without going through a previously cumbersome and time-consuming hiring process. Read more.

 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.)

Homeless Veterans Stand Down:

- Jan. 19, 2018
- Harrisburg Military Post, 1400 Calder St., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- Point of contact: YWCA Vets at 717-234-7931; 717-576-8135; 717-614-0681; or email [email protected] or [email protected]
- Open to all homeless and at-risk veterans
- Services provided include: employment assistance; VA benefits and enrollment; clothing; medical exams; housing assistance; counseling; food; legal advice; assistance filing claims; haircuts; help with PTSD; recovery; and showers
- Website.

Winter 2018 Fly Fishing Program:

- Jan. 20, 27; Feb. 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 1-3 p.m.
- South Hills School of Business & Technology, 480 Waupelani Dr., State College (Centre County)
- Point of contact: Dan Kerstetter at [email protected] or Jim Lanning at [email protected]
- Register for this free class by email. Equipment and supplies will be provided. Classes are open to all veterans and their families.
- Website.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Workshop:

- Jan. 27-28, 2018, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Armed Forces Reserve Center, 3401 Olyphant Ave., Scranton, PA (Lackawanna County)
- Point of contact: Eric Darling at 570-878-7725
- Valhalla Veterans’ Services is sponsoring an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop.
- Register.

MilitaryShare Fresh Express Program:

- Jan. 29, 2018 and every last Monday of the month, 10 a.m.-noon
- War Veterans Memorial Field, at Bearcat Alley, Huntingdon, PA (Huntingdon County)
- Point of contact: Reeder Swartz at 717-315-5509, 814-599-2299 or [email protected] to pre-register.
- Registration is required for MilitaryShare distribution. MilitaryShare, a collaborative program of local food banks and the Pennsylvania National Guard, is desgined to provide fresh, nutritious foods for veterans and military families in need.

Allegheny County Veterans' First Fridays:

- Feb. 2, 2018, 1-3 p.m.
- PA Careerlink, Downtown Pittsburgh, 304 Wood St., Pittsburgh PA (Allegheny County)
- Point of contact: Melissa Handlovitch at 412-436-2225 or email [email protected]
- This is a free event for veterans and their dependents. Explore opportunities for apprenticeships, on the job training and education. Meet with employers, training institutions and state providers and learn about Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits.
- Registration is required.

Afghanistan And Iraq Veteran Outreach Program:

- 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m.
- 1026 Providence Rd., Secane, PA (Delaware County)
- Point of contact: 610-259-8162
- Open to veterans from any branch. Helping to create a seamless transition for military personnel & their families through peer support.

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