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Posted on: February 16, 2018

[ARCHIVED] DMVA Digest Feb. 14, 2018


 DMVA News 


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.

Submit Employment Opportunities And Veteran Or Military Related Events To Be Included In The DMVA Digest: 

As a service to Pennsylvania’s veteran community, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is committed to sharing notices from employers who are interested in hiring veterans as well as sharing information about veteran or military-oriented events being held in Pennsylvania, via the DMVA DIGEST. We encourage you to submit your event or employment opportunity for consideration to be included in the weekly Digest. To submit an employment opportunity, please email application details to [email protected]. To submit an upcoming veteran or military-oriented event being held in Pennsylvania, please email [email protected] with the following details: 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 (required fee to attend, pre-registration, etc.).

County Directors Of Veterans Affairs Can Assist In Obtaining The Benefits And Services You Have Earned: 

Do you know who your County Director of Veterans Affairs is and how they can assist you in obtaining the benefits and services you have earned? County Directors provide Pennsylvania veterans and their dependents direct assistance to identify and determine eligibility and assist in the preparation of applications for county, state and federal veterans benefits and programs. Read more.

 Around the State 


National Guard Crew Named "Top Gun": 

A tank crew from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard based in Wellsboro (Tioga County) earned the title of "Top Gun" at a recent training exercise. Tank commander SSgt. Jason Welch said the K Troop 3-278 Armored Calvary Regiment competed in a crew gunnery qualification at Fort Picket, Va., recently. Read more.

Pennsylvania Veteran Farmer Project: 

The Pennsylvania Veteran Farmer 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.

Their View – Quilts Of Valor Honor True American Heroes: 

Ralph Capristo, a 92-year-old World War II combat veteran from Wilkes-Barre, PA (Luzerne County) who resides at the Community Living Center at the Wilkes-Barre Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), was awarded a Quilt of Valor from Columbia County Quilts of Valor members. Read more.

Warmth For Warriors Program: 

Jack Lehr, Inc. is offering the unique, specially-tailored heating maintenance and repair program, Warmth for Warriors, free of charge to those called upon to deploy. It is Jack Lehr’s way of saying thanks for serving our nation while also recognizing the strain placed on a serving family’s finances. Read more.

 Across the Nation 

Brain Stimulation May Soon Help War Veterans: 

Memory loss is among the most common war-related injuries. Ongoing studies aim to help veterans with memory loss through deep brain stimulation. Read more.

Department Of Labor Awards Program Honors Employers Who Hire And Retain Veterans: 

The U.S. Department of Labor is currently accepting applications for the beta phase of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) veterans medallion program to recognize employers who hire and retain veterans as employees. The program stems from the (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act of 2017. Read more.

First Army Prepares PA Guard Division For Middle East Deployment: 

Almost 100 years ago, in 1918, soldiers of the 28th Infantry Division and the newly created First Army fought together in France during the Muese-Argonne Offensive, which helped bring World War I to an end. In World War II, the units fought together in major battles including the Hurtgen Forest and the Ruhr Pocket. Read more.

Help For Veterans With Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): 

SAD is a condition associated with feeling sad or blue during certain times of the year. It is a disorder that triggers symptoms of depression, most commonly in the fall or winter. In the fall and winter there is less sunlight, hence it is sometimes called winter depression. Read more.

Here's How To Sign Up Online For A Veterans ID Card: 

Veterans with honorable service can apply for the Veterans Identification Card (VIC) to use as proof of military service. “The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most veterans to show proof of service,” said U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. Read more.

Master Your Taxes With Military OneSource MilTax: 

Taking command of your taxes is easy with Military OneSource MilTax, a suite of free tax services provided by the Department of Defense, designed exclusively for our military community to take the hassle out of tax time. Tailored for military life, MilTax offers: Read more.

National Salute To Veteran Patients Week: 

Valentine's Day is a great time to say thanks to America's veterans during our annual national Salute to Veteran Patients. All this week, we invite you to join us as we pay tribute to America’s heroes, the men and women we proudly care for and serve. These men and women have given more than most to protect and preserve all we hold dear as Americans. Read more.

Phoenix U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Participates In National Homeless Point-In-Time Count: 

Employees from the Phoenix VA’s Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) participated with local, state and federal agencies recently in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) annual effort to estimate the number of Americans, including veterans, who are without safe, stable housing. Read more.

President Trump Seeks $12B Increase In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Budget To Support Nation’s Veterans: 

In the FY 2019 budget, President Donald Trump is proposing a total of $198.6 billion for the VA. This request, an increase of $12.1 billion over 2018, will ensure the nation’s veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services. The budget also continues to implement reforms that will modernize VA and rebuild the full trust of veterans. Read more.

Program Helps Formerly Homeless Army Veteran Land A Job At The U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Serving His Fellow Veterans: 

Michael Brumfield’s hard work is starting to bear fruit as a full-time cook at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. After he got out of the Army, Brumfield came back home to New Orleans but fell on hard times and eventually became homeless. Having nowhere else to go, he walked into VA’s Community Resource and Referral Center and asked for help. Read more.

Veterans Benefit From Intermediate Care Technician Program: 

Thousands of veterans across the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system are benefiting from the Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) program, which employs military-trained medics and corpsmen as VA health care clinical providers to deliver health care services to those with whom they have a shared background in military service. Read more.

Veterans Legacy Program: “Pride Of The Buffalo Soldiers”: 

Sgt. William H. Thompkins was an African-American soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Spanish-American War. He was part of the 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, one of the Buffalo Soldier regiments that the Army formed in 1866. A short film produced by San Francisco State University recently highlighted Thompkins. 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]

STS Delta Aerospace Seeking CONUS Based Sales Representatives: 

- The positions require an in depth knowledge of Rf electronics in both the defense and commercial arenas.
- Point of contact: Send your contact information to [email protected] and a STS Delta Aerospace representative will respond to you.
- The positions are based on commissions of secured workload, pay and compensation will be above average.
- Website.

Take A Closer Look At U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Psychiatry Careers: Mental Health Hiring Initiative: 

Improving the lives of veterans with mental health issues is incredibly rewarding, just one of the many reasons to consider becoming a VA psychiatrist. To learn more, check out the following infographic developed as part of the Mental Health Hiring Initiative. Read more.

The Department Of Homeland Security Is Hiring: 

Are you looking for an exciting new career in national security? The Department of Homeland Security is hiring now for jobs around the country in a variety of fields, including law enforcement, administration, and technology. Don't miss this great opportunity! Apply.

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 [email protected] 
- 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 Commercial & Rolloff Drivers In Beach Lake, PA (Wayne County): 

- Join us for our hiring event Feb. 14, 2018, 2-6 p.m.
- 165 Rosencranse Rd., Beach Lake, PA (Wayne County)
- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information
- Requirements: one year of CDL driving experience and 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.)

Embracing Diversity – Recognizing African American History Month: 

- Feb. 18, 2018, 10 a.m.
- Alumni Memorial Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion, 1001 Eagle Rd., Wayne, PA (Delaware County)
- The Valley Forge Military Academy and College family welcomes Rear Admiral Barry Black, U.S. Navy (Ret.), 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate and first African American to serve as the Navy’s Chief of Chaplains. Black will address the 90th Corps of Cadets.
- 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.

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.

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