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Posted on: February 8, 2018

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Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans Deliver Information On Benefits, Services Across Pennsylvania:

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) may be headquartered in Lebanon County, but its ability to reach the state's nearly 820,000 veterans and their families extends to all corners of the commonwealth thanks to its two Mobile Veterans Outreach Vans. Read more.

Pennsylvania Offers Its Veterans Six Extended Care Facilities Throughout The State:

You served us, now let us serve you! The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs operates six long-term care facilities open to veterans and their eligible spouses. Our homes offer personal and skilled nursing care in a safe, secure and caring environment. Read more.

 Around the State

American Legion Post Members Surprise WWII Vet For His 104th Birthday:

Bill Hufford of Upper Southampton, PA (Bucks County) was among the thousands of U.S. Army troops who landed in France after D-Day in June 1944. Read more.

Guardians Of The National Cemetery Honored For Their Service:

The non-profit guardians group is the official support committee of Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Upper Makefield, PA (Bucks County). A gift of appreciation was presented to Vietnam War veteran Joe Hogan during a recent banquet to recognize his more than 12 years of volunteer service as president and vice-president of the Guardians of the National Cemetery. Read more.

Monongahela History Buffs Honor 'The Invincible Grays' And Black Veterans:

It’s not every month that a man dressed in a Civil War uniform marches into the public meeting room for an audience with the Washington County commissioners, but one appeared Thursday to kick off Black History Month. Eric Wible of Youngwood, PA (Westmoreland County), portrayed a Union Army corporal as he read a list of last names from Pennsylvania’s all African-American National Guard unit from Washington County. Read more.

Pennsylvania Veteran Farmer Project:

The Pennsylvania Veteran Farming Project and Troops For Tractors are a resource hub for those who have served. The organizations connect honorably discharged veterans, Guard, and Reserve members with agriculture resources and bring together employers and mentor farmers with veterans. Website.

Rodale Institute Veteran Farmer Training Program:

The Veteran Farmer Training Program is open to any honorably discharged, military veteran who is passionate about learning about organic agriculture. This is also a great opportunity for veterans currently in college to be able to work outside, in a community setting, with like-minded individuals over the summer. Read more.

 Across the Nation 

12-Year-Old Preston Sharp’s Campaign To Honor Veterans Recognized By President, VA Leaders:

Twelve-year-old Preston Sharp was originally inspired to recognize veterans buried at private cemeteries in his hometown of Redding, California. It didn’t take long before his efforts expanded to surrounding communities, and now in as many states as possible. Sharp says that people should not only recognize veterans on holidays, but also every day. After seeing his story last September, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) senior leadership saw the shared mission of honoring veterans every day and asked for Sharp and his family to come to Washington D.C. to meet others charged with the same mission. Read more.

Arizona Lawmakers Make Another Pitch To Save National Guard Apaches:

Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation are making an eleventh-hour appeal to suspend a decision to cut the number of Apache attack helicopter battalions in the Army National Guard and disband a unit based in Marana, Ariz. Rep. Martha McSally, a Tucson Republican, and Rep. Tom O’Halleran, a Democrat from Sedona, joined two members from Pennsylvania in sending a letter Wednesday to Army Secretary Mark Esper and Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley. Read more.

Benefits Breakdown From U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA):

The VA recently released a welcome kit that can guide veterans to which benefits they may qualify for. What makes this product unique and refreshing is the guidance is based on the veteran’s stage of life. The road map starts with the moment you join the United States military and goes all the way to a veteran’s later years. Read more.

February Is American Heart Month:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Women's Health Services in collaboration with the American Heart Association is joining this national movement to raise awareness and education about heart disease and stroke among women veterans. Read more.

Local Veteran Recalls The Tet Offensive On Its 50th Anniversary:

In the early hours of Jan. 31, 1968, Richard Fulton looked up from his bunk at Tan Son Nhut Air Base outside of Saigon, Vietnam to see a stream of enemy tracer fire. It was the beginning of the Tet Offensive. Fulton was a journalist with the United States Air Force and got to Tan Son Nhut in 1967. Read more.

More Than 133,000 Vets May Qualify For This Tax Refund Windfall:

More than 133,000 veterans may qualify for a refund of federal taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991. Within the next month, U.S. Defense Department officials will send notification letters to veterans that they may be eligible for the refund, said Army Lt. Col. David Dulaney, executive director of the Armed Forces Tax Council. Read more.

Online Scheduling Available Through My HealtheVet:

This past fall, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded veterans’ access to scheduling by integrating VA Online Scheduling, formerly known as the Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) App, into My HealtheVet. You can now schedule and manage your primary care and certain specialty care VA appointments online through the health portal at participating VA facilities. Read more.

Sea Isle World War II Veteran Receives Quilt Of Valor:

The South Jersey Quilts of Valor sewing group presented a Quilt of Valor to World War II veteran Gerald Gardner, 91, of Sea Isle City, NJ. The red-white-and-blue handmade quilt, which was ceremoniously wrapped around Gardner during the presentation, was bestowed as part of the Quilts of Valor organization’s mission to “cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts,” according to a press release. Read more.

Social Worker Helps Make Veteran’s Final Dream Come True:

As a little girl, she dreamt of Hawaii as she paged through her parents’ photo albums and heard the story of how they first met. As a woman, she day dreamt of sandy beaches and a tropical paradise as her plane flew over Oahu en route to Taiwan. But, at age 60, Rebecca Golden was diagnosed with lung cancer and given a prognosis of less than 12 months to live. Read more.

Statement By U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin At State Of The Union:

Under President Trump’s leadership, VA is engaged in the largest transformation and modernization effort in decades. As part of this effort, the department is tackling head-on issues that have lingered for years, including accountability, whistleblower protection, improving transparency and customer service for veterans and expanding suicide prevention and mental health care services. Read more.

This Feb. 15, Find Out How The Forever GI Bill May Impact You:

From restoring lost education benefits to expanding where they can be used, the Colmery Act, commonly known as the Forever GI Bill, brings significant changes to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. Learn more during a Facebook Live event on February 15 at 1 p.m. EST. Robert M. Worley II, VA’s Director of Education Service, and Besa Pinchotti, Communications Director for the National Military Family Association (NMFA), will discuss the changes, eligibility requirements, how to apply and more. Read more.

Veteran Entrepreneur Discusses How Military Service Has Influenced His Career:

How often do you get to meet people who’ve been a dairy farmer, car salesman, entrepreneur, photographer, polyglot and a veteran, all in the same lifespan? Read more.

Women Veterans Health Care:

Did you know that women are the fastest growing group within the veteran population? Learn more about the changing face of women veterans and what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is doing to meet their health care needs. 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]

Wolf Administration Announces New Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship With Conagra Brands Facility In Milton:

Department of Labor & Industry Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani continued the Wolf Administration’s ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour recently at the Conagra Brands facility in Milton, PA (Montgomery County), and announced a new industrial maintenance mechanic apprenticeship. Read more.

Waste Management Hosting Hiring Event At Hyatt Hotel In Washington, PA:

- Feb. 9, 2018, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Walk-ins welcome.
- Hyatt Place Hotel, 212 Racetrack Rd., Washington, PA (Washington County)
- Point of contact: Joy Korst at [email protected] or text WASTE to 51893 to learn more
- Waste Management is hiring experienced and non-experienced residential drivers, oilfield drivers, and diesel technicians for the Washington, North Huntingdon, Ambridge, and Elizabeth, PA facilities. Sign-on and Relocation bonuses are being offered.
- Apply today.

Rodale Institute (Berks County) Veteran Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications:

- Hands-on training in livestock, machinery, vegetable production, cover crops, pasture rotation, apiary, and more.
- Point of contact: Lyndsey Antantis at 610-683-1442, or email lyndsey.antanitis@rodaleinstitute
- Rodale Institute's Veteran Farmer Training Program is tailored, flexible, two-to-four month training in organic farming, that includes a stipend and housing allowance.
- Website.

Waste Management Hiring Experienced & Non-Experienced Residential Drivers In North Huntingdon, PA (Westmoreland County):

- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information
- Requirements: one year of CDL driving experience within the last seven years. Some positions require no experience. Must be at least 21 years of age and must have a Class A or B license with Air Brake Endorsement. $3,000 sign-on bonus for experienced position. $1,000 sign-on bonus for non-experienced position.
- 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.)

REBOOT: Combat Recovery From Moral Injury:

- Thursdays, through April 26, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
- James A. Danner VFW Post 537, 1095 Pines Rd., Goldsboro, PA (York County)
- Point of contact: Charlie Yost at 724-630-4956 or email [email protected]
- REBOOT focuses on healing the spiritual injuries of war. Previous REBOOT courses have led to decreased divorce rates, reduced suicide deaths, increased veteran employment, and restored communities. This fresh approach includes topic-based instruction, class discussions, homework, group exercises and a family-style meal in its weekly format.
- Register.

Veterans Job Club:

- 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, 1:30-4 p.m.
- York CareerLink, 841 Vogelsong Rd., York, PA (York County)
- Point of contact: Bill Fallon at 717-767-7600, ext. 232
- Help is available for veterans who are low income, long term unemployed, homeless, 18 to 24 years old, recently discharged, have a VA disability rating or law violations and in the pursuit of full time living wage employment opportunities.
- Registration required. Website.

Lebanon Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center Open House:

- Feb. 14, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Lebanon VA Medical Center, Building 17 Lobby, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- Point of contact: 717-272-6621
- Enroll in VA Health Care on the spot with your DD214, most recent tax return and 2017 out-of-pocket household medical expenses. Learn about suicide prevention, veterans employment, and the National Cemetery Administration.
- Facebook.

MilitaryShare Fresh Express Program:

- Feb. 16, 2018, and every 3rd Friday of the month, 2-5 p.m.
- Palmyra VFW Memorial Post 6417, 232 E. Main St., Palmyra, PA (Lebanon County)
- Point of contact: Joe Hartzell at 717-644-5182 or email [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 designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for veterans and military families in need.
- Website.

MilitaryShare Fresh Express Program:

- Feb. 20, 2018, noon-3 p.m.
- 252nd Engineers National Guard Armory, 565 Walters Ave., Johnstown, PA (Cambria County)
- Point of contact: Kathy Ross at 717-821-4650 or email [email protected] pre-register.
- Registration is required for MilitaryShare distribution. MilitaryShare, a collaborative program of local food banks and the Pennsylvania National Guard, is designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for veterans and military families in need.
- Website.

MilitaryShare Fresh Express Program:

- Feb. 23, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- PA Army National Guard Spring City Armory, 111 Armory Dr., Spring City, PA (Chester County)
- Point of contact: Kim Houck at 610-929-1509 x122 or email [email protected] pre-register.
- Registration is required for MilitaryShare distribution. MilitaryShare, a collaborative program of local food banks and the Pennsylvania National Guard, is designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for veterans and military families in need.
- Website.

WWI And America Traveling Exhibit At Elizabethtown College:

- Exhibition continues through Feb. 28, 2018, during normal library hours, with a lecture and panel discussion taking place Feb. 14 and Feb. 21.
- Elizabethtown College, High Library, One Alpha Dr., Elizabethtown, PA (Lancaster County)
- Point of contact: Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh at 717-261-1506 or email [email protected]
- Visit the High Library to view the historic traveling exhibition which features WWI documents, images, and interpretive texts
- Read more.

Free Admission To The Pennsylvania Military Museum On Charter Day:

- March 11, 2018, noon-5 p.m.
- Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg, PA (Centre County)
- King Charles II granted a Charter to William Penn in 1681 which founded "Penn's Woods." The event is being commemorated with free admission to the Pennsylvania Military Museum.
- Read more.

Habitat For Humanity Bucks County:

- Applications are being accepted through March 30, 2018, for several single-family homes.
- Point of Contact: Stefanie Clark at 215-822-2812, ext. 307 or email [email protected]
- Several single-family homes in Newportville, Levittown and Morrisville, PA (Bucks County) will be fully renovated, then sold to qualified buyers.
- Apply.

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