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Posted on: January 25, 2018

[ARCHIVED] News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs 25 Jan 2018


DMVA's Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home To Host 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.

Pa. National Guard Facility Breaks Ground On New Training Facility At Fort Indiantown Gap:

The busiest National Guard training facility in the country has broken ground on a new $11.5 million building, and officials say it was a long time coming. The training operation at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, has grown exponentially in the aftermath of 9/11. In just the last three years, it helped prepare over 130,000 service members from all branches of the military, and also worked with law enforcement officers. Read more.

44 Photos Of PA Veterans Who Died As A Result Of The Vietnam War Still Needed For Memorial In D.C.:

Thanks to the dedication and continued support from Pennsylvanians, Cumberland County, PA., has found a photo for each of its veterans who died as a result of the Vietnam War. The final photo was of Army Staff Sgt. Emmet L. Dressler of Carlisle, PA. Dressler died on Nov. 11, 1965, at the age of 26. Please help us find the remaining 44 photos from nine Pennsylvania counties by sharing this message. For information on how to submit a photo, visit: Read more.

 Around the State

County Directors Of Veterans Affairs Provide PA Veterans And Their Dependents With Assistance:

County Directors of Veterans Affairs provide county veterans and their dependents direct assistance to identify, determine eligibility and assist in the preparation of applications for county, state and federal veterans benefits and programs. Most importantly, their services are FREE! Learn more.

Rebuild Erie’s Three Forts Presque Isle?:

Erie native Carl Anderson grew up on the 500 block of East Sixth Street of Erie, PA (Erie County) and fondly recalls spending many childhood days with friends playing football on the grounds next to the Wayne Blockhouse at East Second and Ash streets. “In those days, on Saturday mornings, there would be a caretaker there who would open the blockhouse," said Anderson, 50, an Erie County Council member whose occupation involves historical research. Read more.

WWII Veteran’s Remains Identified, To Be Buried In Delaware:

The remains of Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Stanley F. Stegnerski, 25, of Chester, PA, that have been unaccounted for since WWII, have been identified by the POW/MIA Accounting Agency and will be returned to his family and buried with full military honors on Jan. 22, 2018 in Millsboro, Del. Read more.

 Across the Nation

More Than 3,000 Volunteers Needed For The 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games:

The 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games is coming to Orlando, Fla., July 30-Aug. 4, 2018. Co-presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the games inspire veterans living with conditions such as a spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other physical disabilities to lead healthier and more active lives through sports and recreation. Read more.

National Guard Veteran Finds Help, Home And Hope With His Four-Legged Friend:

James Robinson didn’t have a home. He had a tent, a river and a flat rock. “I was there for four years straight,” Robinson said. “I was safe there.” Read more.

Partnership Allows U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) To Reach More Veterans With Services, Supplies:

Knitted inside every pair of Bombas socks, there’s a message that reads, “Bee better.” Bombas’ slogan serves as a reminder to the company’s customers that for every purchase they make, another pair of socks is donated to someone in need. The VA and Bombas partnered to provide homeless veterans nationwide with socks. Read more.

Questions To Ask A Health Care Provider:

My HealtheVet has a list of what to ask your doctor about your medications. Learn more.

Regional Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Using Technology To Keep Veterans Informed, Manage Appointments:

The Phoenix VA Health Care System launched VEText to provide veterans a convenient text messaging appointment reminder that allows them to opt out of an appointment with a simple text message reply. Every veteran in the Phoenix VA system is automatically enrolled in the convenient program. Read more.

Tax Prep - Military One Source:

Simplify your taxes this year with MilTax’s free, secure software. Quickly find military tax credits and deductions or get expert tax guidance from MilTax consultants. Access MilTax software and guidance online, at your installation or call 800-342-9647. Website.

The Battle Of The Bulge Remembered:

Shortly after the Allied forces' successful invasion of Normandy, France, the Germans launched their last major offensive of World War II. The surprise attack from Hitler’s forces caught the Allies off guard. YouTube.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Agent Orange Newsletter:

Information for Vietnam veterans and their families. In this issue... Read more.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Therapist Helps Dying Veteran Complete Bucket List:

VA Salt Lake City Recreation Therapist Lili Sotolong knew skydiving was a lofty goal considering his condition, but she was determined to make that dream come true. Read more.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA), In The Spotlight – Arthritis, What You Need To Know:

Arthritis is a disease that can affect any joint in your body. Arthritis is caused when the cartilage that protects the bones wears down and causes the bones to rub against each other, causing pain and swelling. You can take care of arthritis by following a healthy lifestyle, reducing stress and finding the right balance of rest and exercise. Read more.

Women Veterans Featured At Student Veterans Of America’s 2018 National Conference:

In a recent survey by Service Women’s Action Network, about a quarter of women reported not feeling welcome in service member and veteran organizations. 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]

Governor Tom Wolf Announces VF Corporation To Expand Into Pennsylvania, Creating More Than 175 New Jobs:

Governor Tom Wolf announced that VF Corporation (VF), a provider of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories will expand into in Jonestown, PA (Lebanon County), creating more than 175 new jobs. “Originally founded in Pennsylvania, VF has a long history in our state,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re pleased that VF has chosen to expand on this successful foundation by bringing more than 175 good-paying jobs to families in Lebanon County. Read more.

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.

Waste Management Hiring Diesel Mechanics In Washington, PA (Washington County):

- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information
- Requirements: two plus years of previous experience. Must be at least 18 years of age and must have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record.
- Apply.

 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.)

“Three Tours” Film Screening At SteelStacks:

- Jan. 29, 2018, 7:15 p.m.
- Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA (Lehigh County)
- Point of contact: 610-297-7100
- Three Tours is a documentary film that captures the lives of three veterans as they work to heal their wounds and battle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from their direct experience with the traumas of war. Told through their own voices, Three Tours documents their profound transformation from U.S. military trained killers to agents of change advocating for proper mental health treatment of veterans and an end to unjust wars.
- Website.

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.

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