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Posted on: June 20, 2018

[ARCHIVED] DMVA Digest 20 June 2018

DMVA Digest
A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
June 20, 2018


  


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.)

Westmoreland County: Next Generation Farm Summit: 

- June 29, 2018, noon-3:30 p.m.
- J. Roy Houston Conservation Center and Donohoe Center, 214-218 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg, PA (Westmoreland County)
- Point of contact: Sandy Donovan at 724-837-5271
- Farmers and those aspiring to be farmers are encouraged to attend the Next Generation Farm Summit to learn about new trends and markets in agriculture. The event will feature a light lunch, short presentations and exhibits by industry representatives who can answer your questions about the next generation of farming. PA Veteran Farming Project staff will be on site.
- There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required by June 20. Register.

Welcome Home Veterans Appreciation Event: 

- July 13, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
- Erie Zoo, 423 W 38th St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- Tickets for the annual Welcome Home Veterans Appreciation Event at the Erie Zoo are available and free to veterans (four available per veteran). In addition to providing fun for the whole family, this event is a one-stop-shop for veterans and their families to meet with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) representatives on-site and veteran-related community resources to help connect veterans to the right services.
- Facebook page. 
- Ticket pickup locations.


PTSD Care And Support Real Warriors Campaign Resources: 

- June 21, 2018, 1-2 p.m.
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop after experiencing, witnessing or learning the details of a traumatic event. This webinar will discuss PTSD signs, symptoms and treatment options, as well as how to overcome barriers to seeking care. An overview of Real Warriors Campaign resources for service members, veterans and families who are coping with PTSD will also be provided. Join us for a presentation and Q&A session.
- Register.


Focus Group About Health Care: 

- June 23, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m.
- Temple University Harrisburg, 234 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- Point of contact: Jessica Losito to register at 610-639-4501
- Looking for interested veterans to participate in a 90-minute group discussion about their health and healthcare experiences. The research is part of a community health needs assessment being conducted for Penn State Health. All participants and responses will be confidential. Advanced registration is required - space is limited. Receive a $25 Gift Card.


Ride With The Vets Poker Fun Run: 

- June 24, 2018, kickstands are up at 11 a.m., so come early to register!
- Appalachian Harley Davidson, 6695 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland County)
- Point of contact: 717-567-3634
- The cost is $15 per person or $20 per couple. Motorcycles or cars are welcome to join in. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the poker run and the New Bloomfield VFW will be providing all participants a delicious chicken dinner with a beverage.
- Facebook event.


Veterans Town Hall On The Move - Washington County: 

- June 25, 2018, 6 p.m.
- American Legion Post 175, 168 Park Ave., Washington, PA (Washington County)
- Point of contact: Liz Zemba at [email protected] 
- Veterans, families and the public are welcome to attend this veterans town hall session. Veterans town halls are part of an ongoing effort to hear from veterans and the community and to use this feedback to improve U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care. Senior leadership and front-line employees, including experts from the Veterans Benefits Administration will be available to offer on-the-spot assistance with individual questions and concerns.
- Website. 
- Facebook page.


Purple Heart Truck Run: 

June 26, 2018 10 a.m.
Bethany Church, 3801 Brookside Rd., Macungie, PA (Lehigh County)
Join the celebrations as the Military Order Purple Heart commemorates the gifting of three specialty trucks to amputee purple heart veterans.
Free catered lunch and presentations from local leaders.


Veterans Town Hall On The Move - Beaver County: 

- June 27, 2018, 6 p.m.
- Rochester VFW Post 128, 179 Virginia Ave., Rochester, PA (Beaver County)
- Point of contact: Liz Zemba at [email protected] 
- Veterans, families and the public are welcome to attend this veterans town hall session. Veterans town halls are part of an ongoing effort to hear from veterans and the community and to use this feedback to improve U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care. Senior leadership and front-line employees, including experts from the Veterans Benefits Administration will be available to offer on-the-spot assistance with individual questions and concerns.
- Website. 
- Facebook page.


The Wall That Heals Exhibit Will Make A Stop In Brockway, PA (Jefferson County): 

- The Wall That Heals exhibit, June 28-July 1, 2018
- Brockway Parkside Complex, 929 McCullough Ave., Brockway, PA (Jefferson County)
- The new Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and mobile Education Center that gives visitors a better understanding of the legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War.
- For a schedule of the events and to R.S.V.P. visit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website. 
- Facebook page.


Veterans Town Hall On The Move - Westmoreland County: 

- June 28, 2018, 6 p.m.
- American Legion Post 344, 109 S. 5th St., Jeannette, PA (Westmoreland County)
- Point of contact: Liz Zemba at [email protected] 
- Veterans, families and the public are welcome to attend this veterans town hall session. Veterans town halls are part of an ongoing effort to hear from veterans and the community and to use this feedback to improve VA care. Senior leadership and front-line employees, including experts from the Veterans Benefits Administration will be available to offer on-the-spot assistance with individual questions and concerns.
- Facebook page. 
- Website.


Women Veterans Town Hall And Expo: 

- June 30, 2018, 9 a.m.-noon
- U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Dr., Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County)
- Point of contact: Crystal Petery at 717-861-6904 or email [email protected] 
- The Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Services is inviting women veterans and those actively serving to attend a free town hall and expo. Learn about programs and services available to you, speak with representatives from various state agencies and pick up valuable resource materials.
- Attendees are not required to register for this event and it is open to women veterans, women service members, and their families.


Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 

- July 4, 2018, 9-11 a.m.
- Conemaugh Township Fire Department, 1942 Kring St., Tire Hill, PA (Somerset County)
- R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or email [email protected]. Please mention the DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.
- Free breakfast provided by the Richland American Legion Post #849. The VBC is a nonprofit that creates communities of listening around veterans and their stories. 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.


Veterans’ First Fridays – Disability And Employment: 

- July 6, 2018, 1-3 p.m.
- PA CareerLink® Downtown Pittsburgh, 304 Wood St., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- Point of contact: Melissa Handlovitch at 412-552-7100 or email [email protected] 
- Registration is required and seating is limited. All veterans and eligible spouses are welcome. Employers seeking veterans with disabilities will discuss their hiring process and programs. Guest speakers will provide information on disability status, self-identification, talking about disability in the hiring process and more.
- Register.


The Wall That Heals Exhibit Will Make A Stop In Birdsboro, PA (Berks County): 

- The Wall That Heals exhibit, July 5-July 8, 2018
- Renziehauzen Park (Jimmy Long Field), Sycamore Dr., Birdsboro, PA. (Berks County)
- The new Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and mobile Education Center that gives visitors a better understanding of the legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War. The event is being hosted by the American Legion Post 626 Auxiliary.
- For a schedule of the events and to R.S.V.P. visit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website. 
- Facebook page.


The Wall That Heals Exhibit Will Make A Stop In McKeesport, PA (Allegheny County): 

- The Wall That Heals exhibit, Aug. 9-Aug. 12, 2018
- Renziehauzen Park (Jimmy Long Field), Sycamore Dr., McKeesport, PA (Allegheny County)
- The new Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and mobile Education Center that gives visitors a better understanding of the legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War. The event is being hosted by the Lions Club and Burt Foster American Legion.
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website. 
- Read more.


Introduction To Whole Health Class: 

- Second and fourth Friday of every month 9-11 a.m.
- Erie VA Medical Center, 135 East 38th St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- Point of contact: Will Lachner at 814-860-2447
- Whole Health coaches are available to help recently discharged veterans and their families work through challenges that arise from transitioning from military service by equipping them with tools for self-care and well-being. Family members are highly encouraged to attend.


 DMVA News

Women Veterans Town Hall And Expo: 

The Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans Services is inviting women veterans and those actively serving to a FREE Women Veterans Town Hall and Expo on Saturday, June 30 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County). Learn about programs and services available to you, speak with representatives and pick up resources. No registration is required and the event is open to women veterans, women service members and their families. For more information call Crystal A. Petery at 717-861-6904 or email [email protected]. We hope to see you there! Facebook post.


PA National Guard And Lithuanian Armed Forces Commemorate 25 Years Of Partnership: 

The Pennsylvania National Guard hosted a commemoration of the 25th anniversary between the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Lithuanian Armed Forces at Fort Indiantown Gap. Military leaders and military bands from both Pennsylvania and Lithuania, the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States of America, and Pennsylvania legislators and representatives from both the federal and state levels, were among the many participating in the event. Read more.


Vietnam Memorial Needs 28 Photos Of Pennsylvania Heroes Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice: 

Help honor the men and women from Pennsylvania who paid the ultimate sacrifice as a result of the Vietnam War. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is working with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. to locate the final 28 photos from seven different Pennsylvania counties needed for the Virtual Wall of Faces. For information on how to submit a photo, please visit website.


 Around the State 


Flag Day Ceremony Honors Local Vietnam Veterans: 

Family, friends and community supporters welcomed more than 100 Vietnam veterans to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, giving them the warm welcome home they never received many years ago. The event welcomed veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces any time between Nov. 1, 1955-May 15, 1975. More than 150 veterans gathered together, many dressed in full uniform. Read more.


PA Hotel Gives Wounded Warriors A Ride: 

The management at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh decided to donate their used “Cookie Van,” to the Western Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors. “When the opportunity to make the vehicle donation came up, one of our team members suggested the local Wounded Warriors,” said Lisa Reskey, general manager of the hotel. “They were definitely interested. They had one van already, and they use their van to transport the wounded warriors to different activities." Read more.


Summit Could Help Bring Veterans’ Remains Home: 

The remains of at least 23 men from the Wyoming Valley (Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties) never came home from the Korean War. The men were either taken prisoner of war, confirmed killed or declared missing in action and presumed dead. Local veterans are hoping the recent agreement between U.S. and North Korean officials to bring them home, happens. Read more.


 Across the Nation 


Brothers Like These: 

Living among us are an estimated 250,000 Vietnam veterans whose lives have in many ways been defined by Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Untold numbers carry less obvious emotional, mental or moral wounds. They were changed forever by their service to the country as young men. Many of these men are needing to come to terms with and reconcile what they’ve buried inside for 50 some years. Read more.


Emergency Medical Care: 

A medical emergency is an injury, illness or symptom so severe that without immediate treatment, you believe your life or health is in danger. If you believe your life or health is in danger, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away. Veterans do not need to check with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) before calling for an ambulance or going to an emergency department. During a medical emergency, VA encourages all veterans to seek immediate medical attention without delay. Read more.


Gulf War Follow-Up Study: 

The Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era veterans is the third in a series of surveys that examines the health of veterans who deployed to the Gulf War in 1990-1991 and veterans who served elsewhere during the same period. The current survey examines trends in health status over time. The results of this study will help to better understand the health consequences of military deployment and to guide delivery of health care. Read more.


Hepatitis C Screening Initiative Tests Positive For Saving Veterans’ Lives: 

Veterans and their families can count on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Bay Pines Healthcare System (VAHCS) in Florida, to deliver high quality, comprehensive, coordinated and continuous care. The healthcare system’s strategic plan outlines provisions currently at work, meeting the unique needs of America’s heroes. The Hepatitis C Screening Initiative is one of the ways Bay Pines VAHCS is strategically accomplishing these important objectives and fulfilling the overall mission. Read more.


Hospitals Perfomance Rated In Care Quality: 

At the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), providing high quality care to America’s veterans has always been and continues to be the top priority. Efforts are paying off according to a new RAND Corporation study in which VA hospitals performed “the same or significantly better” than non-VA hospitals for most inpatient and outpatient effectiveness measures. Read more.


Medical Center Employees Partner With Local Organizations To Serve Veterans And Their Families: 

Every year, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) holds a national contest to spotlight successful partnerships between U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities and nongovernmental organizations. The contest brings attention to the collaborative efforts taking place in local communities to serve veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. Under this year’s Return on Partnership contest theme, VA medical facilities were encouraged to submit entries that demonstrate how their partnerships are paying off for veterans and advancing VA’s mission. Read more.


Men’s Health Month: 

This June, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) joins the nation in recognizing Men’s Health Month, a time to spread awareness of preventable health issues and encourage early detection of disease among men and boys. Activities including screenings, media appearances, health fairs and other educational and outreach events will be held to teach men how to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Read more.


Texas Celebrates Inaugural Women Veterans Day: 

On a podium filled with dignitaries and honorees, Texas commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act by declaring June 12 the first annual Women Veterans Day. The event, hosted and moderated by the Texas Veterans Commission, brought 400 attendees together on the steps of the state capitol in Austin, Texas to honor the service and sacrifice of women veterans. Also highlighted was one special World War II woman veteran, Anna Gatti, for her dedication to duty during her service. Read more.


U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Issues New Policy To Protect Veteran Homeowners From Predatory Lending: 

VA has issued a new policy implementing the May 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, to protect veteran homeowners from predatory lending practices when obtaining a VA-guaranteed refinance loan. The act helps protect veterans and service members from the dangers associated with repeatedly refinancing their home loans, requiring, among other things, the seasoning of the original loan and a recoupment period for fees, closing costs, and expenses related to the refinance. Read more.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Releases National Suicide Data Report: 

Combating veteran suicide is a top clinical priority for VA. Data is an integral part of VA’s public health strategy and enables VA to tailor research-backed, suicide-prevention initiatives, to reach diverse groups across the veteran population. 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]


As A U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Psychiatrist, You Can Positively Impact Veterans Lives: 

Improving the lives of veterans with mental health issues is incredibly rewarding. And that’s just one of the many reasons to consider becoming a VA psychiatrist. See some of the great benefits VA psychiatrists enjoy. At VA hospitals throughout the nation, opportunities are available for psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals, as VA looks to hire 1,000 mental health providers this year. Consider a career with VA if you’re interested in improving the lives of America’s veterans. Read more.


Careers Facebook Chat – Physical And Occupational Therapy: 

Every day, physical therapists (PT) and occupational therapists (OT) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide top-quality, personalized rehabilitative care to help veterans recover from injury, improve mobility and reclaim their independence. Join in for an upcoming Facebook chat to find out about career opportunities in these fields and how you can help veterans achieve a better quality of life. Read more.


Supporting Veterans’ Success After Service: 

Veterans make an incredible sacrifice in order to protect America and its freedom. When they return home, they deserve a hero’s welcome and a clear path to a secure future. However, many face struggles as they transition back to civilian life, from physical and mental disabilities to employment difficulties. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to supporting veterans through their adjustment period and beyond, helping them attain fulfilling careers, greater confidence and happier lives. Read more.


Veteran Job Club Opens In Meadville (Crawford County): 

- 2nd & 4th Friday of the Month, June 29, 2018, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- PMI, 764 Bessemer St., #105, Meadville, PA (Crawford County)
- Points of contact: Marty Acri at 814-860-2861, Lorie Panitzke at 814-860-2008, or Nicole Siira at 814-860-2128
- The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Erie Medical Center (Erie County) provides a free job club open to all veterans interested in obtaining employment. Starting June 29, the medical center will be expanding the Job Club to the Meadville community. All veterans interested in seeking employment are invited to attend the veteran Job Club in Meadville. This Job Club offers employment assistance with resumes, interviewing, job searching and support throughout the process.


Cumberland County Director Of Veteran Affairs: 

Cumberland County is looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join its team. If you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, you are encouraged to continue with this online job application. This position is to provide advice, assistance and counseling to the public concerning veteran benefits and services. This job posting will close at 4:30 p.m. on June 29, 2018. Apply.


PA State Police Hiring: 

- The Pennsylvania State Police are hiring.
- Application deadline is June 30.
- Are you looking for a career that's exciting, fulfilling and makes a difference? Visit website.


Governor Wolf Announces Increased Training Opportunities For Careers In Demand In Western Pennsylvania: 

Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of two apprenticeship grants to assist with classroom training for 60 apprentices in western Pennsylvania, enabling the recipients to strengthen and expand their apprenticeship programs. The funding, granted to Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #12 and Steamfitters Local Union 449 in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County), will build on the governor’s commitment to expanding job training opportunities for Pennsylvanians. Read more.


Governor Tom Wolf's Employment First Policy To Help People With Disabilities Find Work Becomes Law: 

“My executive order two years ago focused Pennsylvania on being a model state that is hospitable to workers with disabilities and I’m proud to sign this bill adding the weight of law,” said Governor Wolf. “This is a win-win for Pennsylvania. Our employers need smart and skilled workers and increasing employment opportunities ensures people with disabilities can achieve greater independence and inclusion in our communities.” Read more.


Governor Tom Wolf Proposes Job Licensing Reform To Cut Red Tape, Strengthen Workforce: 

Building on his commitment to make state government more responsive to Pennsylvania’s growing economy, Governor Tom Wolf is calling for reforms to several job licensing boards and the licensing requirements to remove barriers to employment so skilled workers can enter the careers of their choice, strengthen the workforce, and grow our economy. Read more.


 



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