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Veteran's Affairs

Posted on: March 28, 2018


A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
March 28, 2018

 DMVA News 

Southwestern Veterans’ Center To Hold Open House: 

The public is invited to an open house at the Southwestern Veterans’ Center at 7060 Highland Dr., Pittsburgh, on Friday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The SWVC is one of six state veterans’ homes operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Read more.

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

In an effort to preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, DMVA is working with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in D.C. to find a photo for every Pennsylvanian whose name is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 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.)

Pure American Naturals Farm: 

- March 31, April 2 and April 5, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Glen Cauffman Farm, 545 Centerville Rd., Millerstown, PA (Perry County)
- R.S.V.P. to 717-580-1416 or 610-764-0506 or email [email protected] 
- Pure American Naturals Farm will be shearing for their exceptional Angora wool and invites veterans to join them to either watch, learn or to participate. You will learn how they collect, sort animals that are pregnant, vaccinate, treat and trim feet.

Events To Honor Vietnam Veterans: 

American Legion Post 343 is planning a salute to veterans of the Vietnam War era from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 29, 2018. The post is inviting the public, but particularly all those who served their country during the years 1955-75. There is no charge, and a lunch will be served. Read more.

Vietnam Era Veterans Recognition Day: 

- March 29, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Cambria County War Memorial, 326 Napolean St., Johnstown, PA (Cambria County)
- Point of contact: Veteran Community Initiative Office at 814-255-0355
- All veterans and their families are invited to a light lunch and pastries. Memorabilia, equipment, vehicles, and pictures from the Vietnam War era will be on display. Enjoy the camaraderie and music of that era.

Veterans Honoring Veterans – All Heroes Tribute: 

- March 29, 2018, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Temple University, Howard Gittis Student Center South, 1755 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, (Philadelphia County)
- Registration required. Please click the link below or call 215-204-VETS (8387).
- National Vietnam War Veterans Day is a commemorative holiday which recognizes the sacrifices veterans and their families made during the Vietnam War. Join military service members for a celebration honoring Temple University’s alumni, staff and students who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.
- Register.

Vietnam Veterans Recognition And Pinning Ceremony: 

- March 29, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
- Patriot Café, Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 South Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- Open to Vietnam veterans, Vietnam War era veterans and a significant other. Veterans attending the pinning ceremony are encouraged to pre-register at 717-272-6621, ext. 4298 or email [email protected].
- Prior to the ceremony, the medical center will host an information and enrollment fair specifically for Vietnam veterans who want to enroll in VA health care. The fair will be from 1-3:30 p.m.
- Facebook page.

Veteran Breakfast Club (VBC) At Night: 

- April 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
- Spoonwood Brewing, 5981 Baptist Rd., Pittsburgh (Allegheny County)
- R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or [email protected]. Please mention the DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.
- The VBC is a nonprofit that creates communities of listening around veterans and their stories. Storytelling events, both morning and night, are held throughout western Pennsylvania. Veterans from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan share their stories. They are open to the public, and you don’t need to be a veteran to attend.
- Facebook page.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP): 

- April 3-May 22, 2018, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
- Quest Inc., 704 Metro Dr., Lebanon PA (Lebanon County)
- Register by calling 877-597-9497, ext. 10
- Free to anyone to attend. Identify early warning signs and action plan, identifying when things are breaking down and action plan and crisis and post crisis planning.
- Website.

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 

- April 4, 2018, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
- Seven Oaks Country Club, 132 Lisbon Rd., Beaver, PA (Beaver County)
- Breakfast is $12, but you may opt out. R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or [email protected]. Please mention DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.
- The VBC is a nonprofit that creates communities of listening around veterans and their stories. Storytelling events, both morning and night, are held throughout western Pennsylvania. Veterans from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan share their stories. They are open to the public, and you don’t need to be a veteran to attend.
- Facebook page.

Military Retirees Appreciation Day: 

- April 7, 2018, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- 1051 Fairschild St., Bld. 203, Rm. 168, 111th Attack Wing Horsham Air Guard Station, Hatboro, PA (Montgomery County)
- R.S.V.P. By Sat. March 24, 2018 to Jenny Pappas or Vincent Acquaviva at 215-323-7135 or email [email protected] or [email protected] 
- Briefings from representatives of Defense Finance and Accounting Service/My-Pay, Tricare, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, casualty assistance, ID cards, retirees activities office, family programs and veterans organizations.

Free Webinar Coping With Stress And Depression Strategies For Families: 

- April 10, 2018, 7 p.m.
- Join us to learn ways to support a service member or veteran.
- Esteemed presenter Dr. Liza Zwiebach will discuss how stress impacts family and special considerations for military families. The program is designed for families, caregivers, employees and military personnel, and anyone interested in mental health resources.
- Register.

2nd Annual Women's Leadership Symposium RESCHEDULED: 

- April 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-noon
- Valley Forge Military Academy & College, Eisenhower Hall, 1001 Eagle Rd., Wayne, PA (Delaware County)
- Female speakers who serve as leaders from the Philadelphia region will share their experiences and expertise on a wide range of topics including career advancement, law, health and wellness, small business, entrepreneurship and more.
- Register.

A Little Bit Country And A Little Bit Rock And Roll: 

- April 14, 2018, Doors open at 4:30 p.m., Dinner starts at 5 p.m.
- Hopwood Amvets Post 103, 123 Buttermilk Ln., Hopwood, PA (Fayette County)
- Point of contact: Patty Tegge at 724-430-1241 or email [email protected] 
- Event features tribute artists Elvis, Patsy Cline and Garth Brooks, basket auction and a 50/50 .

Milton Hershey Spend The Day With Students And Veterans: 

- April 20, 2018, 8:15 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
- Milton Hershey Schools Senior Hall South, 1201 E. Homestead Ln., Hershey, PA (Dauphin County)
- R.S.V.P. by April 6, 2018 to Sarah Cole at 717-343-4605 or email [email protected].
- Please show up by 7:45 a.m. for a briefing about your day and a light breakfast. Lunch will also be provided.

Around the State 

Bucks County Air National Guard Vet Gets Home Makeover: 

A Bucks County Air National Guard veteran gets a home makeover as a show of appreciation for his service to the country. An unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently at the home of Charles Trost. Read more.

Combat Medic’s Quick Action Saved A Life: 

Trevor Tompkins was at the Philadelphia International Airport last week awaiting the arrival of his mother from England. Tompkins otherwise would not have even been in Philadelphia, but his presence in the airport likely proved to be the difference between life and death for someone in need. Read more.

Events To Honor Vietnam Veterans: 

American Legion Post 343 is planning a salute to veterans of the Vietnam War era from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 29, 2018. The post is inviting the public, but particularly all those who served their country during the years 1955-75. There is no charge, and a lunch will be served. Read more.

Funeral Announcement For Soldier Killed During The Korean War: 

The remains of Army Sgt. 1st Class Pete W. Simon, 34, of Grindstone, PA (Fayette County), that have been unaccounted for since the Korean War, have been identified by the @POW/MIA Accounting Agency and will be returned to his family and buried with full military honors on March 31 in Northfield, Ohio. Read more.

 Across the Nation 

Applications Opening Soon For 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games: 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin accepting applications from veterans interested in competing in the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 3-8, 2018. Read more.

Army Veteran Seeks To Inspire Others Through Adaptive Sports: 

Deanna Callender has learned to focus without sight. In 2007, the Army and Army National Guard veteran was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease that would eventually take her eyesight. The news was anything but tragic for her. Read more.

Changes Coming To The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program: 

Do you have TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) coverage now? If so, then you need to know that the TRDP will end on Dec. 31, 2018. Read more.

Dietitians Reshaping Veteran Health And Nutrition: 

Angela Moore-Romprey struggled with the loss of her husband. The 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran had proudly lost 50 pounds attending a Healthy Teaching Kitchen class taught by nutritionist Dana Herring. However, the emotional toll led her back to the comfort of fast food. Read more.

Mailing Of New Veteran ID Cards Delayed: 

Veterans waiting for their new ID card to arrive by mail won't see it until at least April, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials announced in an email this week. The free ID cards, available to honorably discharged veterans of all eras through the VA website, were to be mailed in early March. Read more.

Making “Herstory” – Profiles Of Dedicated Women Veterans Still Serving: 

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a war-time surgeon and Civil War POW, was the first and only woman to receive the Medal of Honor. Today, many women follow in her footsteps, serving our nation courageously. Read more.

Million Veteran Program Advancing Genomic Research: 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with veterans to build the world’s largest genomic database through the Million Veteran Program, an initiative that aims to improve the accuracy and efficacy of their health care. Read more.

New Web Tool To Help Veterans Track Their Benefits Appeals: 

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Digital Service announced their launch of an improved appeals status tool to increase transparency and enable veterans to track the progress of their benefits claims appeals. “It’s important that our veterans have the opportunity to track their appeals process in a timely and efficient manner,” said VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin. Read more.

Preparation Key For Veteran With Chronic Condition: 

For Army veteran Nicole Bundas, life is a constant game of anticipation. As someone with Crohn’s disease who has frequent bouts of diarrhea, she always has to plan where she is in relation to a restroom. Read more.

She Lost Her Legs Too That Day: 

As he lay there on the ground, somewhere in Afghanistan, Julian remembered the advice from a platoon commander. “If you’re a leader, and you get on the com, you have to take a breath before you talk. Because … the people you’re leading, they know your voice. And if you sound panicked, who’s going to lead them?” Read more.

Traumatic Brain Injury By The Numbers: 

Brian was drawn to military service after working as a volunteer firefighter during recovery from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Three months after returning home from his deployment in Iraq, he went back to school. Sitting in a classroom was a giant culture shock after serving in Baghdad. But more than that, the U.S. Army veteran found himself suddenly struggling to memorize things. Read more.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs Working With Community Clergy To Support Rural Veterans: 

A quarter of all U.S. veterans choose to reside in rural communities when leaving the service. These 5.2 million veterans face challenges accessing health care that are only intensified by their military-related injuries and illnesses. Veterans in rural areas have a higher risk of suicide and less access to mental health providers than their urban counterparts according to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Psychological Association. Read more.

Veterans Join March For Our Lives To Push For Gun Reform: 

Navy veteran Richard Roberson stood beside the Lone Sailor statute at the United States Navy Memorial, directly in the center of the massive anti-gun-violence rally March for Our Lives. He watched as thousands of people streamed by, all of them urging Congress for stricter gun-control measures. Read more.

Vietnam War Veterans Day: 

They were not always welcomed home with open arms, but the men and women who served in the Vietnam War earned our respect. Sometimes in blood. And now, 51 years after the anniversary of the war, they are about to get the salute they are due. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. On March 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed Public Law Act 115-15, the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, to declare March 29 annually as Vietnam War Veterans Day. 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 New SUPERVALU Facility In Dauphin County, Creating Approximately 350 Jobs: 

Governor Tom Wolf announced that SUPERVALU Inc., the largest public company grocery wholesaler in the United States, has selected the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, for its new facility, a move that will create at least 350 new jobs. “Any time a large employer like SUPERVALU chooses to expand in Pennsylvania, not only is it fantastic news for our workers, but it’s more evidence that Pennsylvania has the workforce and business climate that makes companies want to grow here,” Governor Wolf said. Read more.

Free Truck Driving Training: 

Current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Guard and Reserves, qualify for free truck driving training as well as spouses and adult children. You must live in Northampton, Pike, Wayne, Carbon or Lackawanna counties. Documents are required to prove eligibility but not limited to DD-214, military ID and retiree card. Training and tuition are free. Contact the Driver Training Program at the Northampton Monroe Campus at 570-369-1885 to make an appointment.

Veterans Job Fair: 

- March 29, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., Pittsburgh (Allegheny County)
- A free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and spouses.
- Register.

Veterans' First Fridays – Hiring Programs: 

- April 6, 2018, 1-3 p.m.
- PaCareerLink Downtown Pittsburgh, 304 Wood St., Pittsburgh (Allegheny County)
- Point of contact: Melissa Handlovitch at 412-436-2225 or email [email protected] 
- This event is free to veterans and spouses. Registration is required. Panel discussion with employers who have veterans' hiring programs or initiatives.

Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair: 

- April 9, 2018, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Wyndham Hotel York, 2000 Loucks Rd., York PA (York County)
- Point of contact: Kimberly Shaffer (717) 285-8123 or email [email protected] 
- The veterans’ expo will connect active and retired military members of all ages and their families with the benefits and resources available to them. In addition, the Job Fair will provide an opportunity for veterans and employers to meet face-to-face to discuss available positions. Workshops and seminars will be offered on relevant topics.
- Website.

Waste Management Hiring Throughout PA: 

- Waste Management is hiring diesel mechanics in In Beaver, Butler and Washington Counties; diesel mechanic assistants in Washington County; and CDL drivers for residential and rolloff routes in Bucks County.
- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information
- Apply.

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