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Posted on: November 14, 2018

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DMVA Digest
A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
November 14, 2018

 DMVA News 

DMVA To Host Open House At Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home In Erie: 

You're invited to an open house at the Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home in Erie, PA (Erie County) from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Take a tour, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments, participate in activities and experience the comradery of fellow veterans. Read more.

Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Application Deadline Extended: 

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has extended the deadline for the 2018-19 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) grant cycle. Grant applications under the new deadline must be received by 3 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. The original deadline for applications was Nov. 30, 2018. Read more.

DMVA's Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home Is Hiring For CNA, LPN And RN: 

Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home, Erie (Erie County), is hiring for CNA, LPN and RN positions. Come to an Open House on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, from 2-5 p.m. at 560 E. 3rd St., Erie, PA. The open house will feature tours, refreshments, and the opportunity to apply in person. Candidates unable to attend may apply online at Website. Contact Victoria Krueger at 814-878-4974 or email [email protected]. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Homes Offer Memory Care Services: 

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness and Caregivers Month, which serves as an optimal time to let people know that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) offers care for residents with memory loss at each of its six veterans homes. Read more.

DMVA Celebrates Veterans And Military Families Month: 

November is Veterans and Military Families Month. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will be spotlighting veterans programs and services offered by different Pennsylvania State Agencies under the Governor Tom Wolf Administration throughout the rest of November. Follow us on Facebook.

Wolf Administration To Honor Military Service Members And Veterans At The 2019 PA Farm Show: 

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will join forces to recognize veterans and military services members on Thursday, January 10, at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show. Read more.

 Around the State 

Female Veteran's Day Nomination Form: 

Each year during Women’s History Month in March, the Pennsylvania Commission for Women hosts a Female Veterans Day Ceremony at the governor’s residence in Harrisburg in which women veterans from around the state are recognized for their selfless service and sacrifice for our country. Eligible candidates for consideration must be a current resident of Pennsylvania and have served a minimum of four years in the U.S. Military. Nominations must be received no later than Feb. 1, 2019. If you know a woman veteran deserving of this honor, please submit a nomination using this online form.

Lewisburg Grants Diploma To Vietnam-Era Veteran: 

52 years after leaving Lewisburg High School (Union County) in 11th grade to join the Marines, a Vietnam-era veteran was awarded his high school diploma by the Lewisburg School Board in a special recognition program. Marlin E. Keister, recipient of the diploma, was choked up by the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony, which drew more than 40 people, including his family, friends, Pennsylvania House Representatives Fred Keller and Lynda Schlegel-Culver, school administrators, and fellow veterans to a special school board session at the high school. Read more.

PA Department Of Corrections Statewide Veterans Coordinator Ryan Yoder Is On A Mission – Leave No Veteran Behind: 

Ryan Yoder, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, shares his story, from why he joined the Marines, and his time served in Somalia to his current role with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections helping incarcerated veterans. Watch.

PA Treasurer Torsella Seeking Owners Of Abandoned Military Decorations: 

Pennsylvania’s treasurer is trying to return military decorations collected by his department after helping 85 owners reclaim theirs. “With each return, we’ve seen how service medals can embody so much more than an act of military merit,” Treasurer Joe Torsella said in a statement." Read more.

Penn State Berks Named To Military Times 'Best For Vets – Colleges 2019' List: 

Military Times recently announced its "Best for Vets: Colleges 2019" rankings, and Penn State Berks ranked as one of the five best colleges for service members, military veterans and their families in Pennsylvania. With an overall ranking at No. 124, Berks is the only Penn State campus, and one of just five colleges in the commonwealth, to appear on the list in the four-year-school's category. Read more.

Pennsylvania National Guard Takes Flight In Fight Against Drugs: 

The Pennsylvania National Guard has been part of the war on drugs for nearly 30 years. But for the last few years, it hasn't been fighting with all of its weapons. WGAL's Katelyn Smith explains how that changed this year and how it's making a difference. Watch video.

Veteran Town Hall Schedule: 

The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, will host eight veteran town hall meetings for fiscal year 2019 (FY-19) for veterans, family members, veterans service organizations, elected officials, and the public, to provide feedback on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care, benefits and address veterans’ questions and concerns. Read more.

 Across the Nation 

“I Am Not Invisible” Honors Women Veterans: 

There are roughly two million women veterans, making up 10 percent of the veteran population, and growing. The I Am Not Invisible (IANI) photography project, developed in Oregon, aims to increase awareness and dialogue about women veterans, and open viewers’ eyes to the myriad contributions, needs, and experiences of women who have served in the military. In support of Women’s History Month 2019, this virtual IANI exhibit celebrates and honors women veterans across America. Watch video.

All Gave Some – Coast Gaurd Veteran Recalls The Nuances Of Service: 

On Nov. 11 each year, Americans honor veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. There are many facets to how military service impacts an individual, some so nuanced that they might seem insignificant. To people who have never had an immediate family member or close friend in the military, these impacts could be invisible. Read more.

Freedom Award Nomination Season Now Open: 

If your employer goes above and beyond in their support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate them for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – it only takes a few minutes! Nominations for the Freedom Award must come from a Guard or Reserve service member, or family members employed by the organization they are nominating. Service members can nominate large and small employers from health, transportation, hospitality, entertainment, banking, service and security industries, as well as federal, state and local government agencies. Read more.

New HBO Documentary Puts A Much-Needed Face To Complex Veteran Struggles With PTSD: 

“When I first got back home from Afghanistan, my dad was like, ‘Hey, if you ever want to talk, we’re here for you,'" retired Marine Joe Merritt says in “We Are Not Done Yet,” a new HBO documentary. Almost three million service members have deployed in support of American war operations since 2001. Of those who deployed to operations in Iraq or Afghanistan, approximately 14 percent to 20 percent suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more.

Redesigned VA.GOV Built With Input From Veterans: 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary, Robert Wilkie has made it a priority to give VA customers the best possible experience the minute they encounter VA. They are doing just that with the newly redesigned Read more.

Remembering World War I, 100 Years Later: 

Nov. 11 marked 100 years since the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. The New York Times asked readers to tell them how their families commemorated the centennial. Here are some of their stories.Read more.

Veterans Disability Benefit Criteria Expanded: 

Military veterans and veterans’ widows now may be eligible for disability benefits under new guidelines the federal government issued recently, expanding income eligibility criteria. Westmoreland County Veterans’ Affairs Director Matt Zamosky said federal authorities raised the asset limit for those seeking benefits for a non-service based disability from $80,000 to $123,600. Read more.

Young Veterans Hunt For Community As Older Generations Dwindle: 

Steve Wahle, a Marine Corps veteran, works with veterans every day thanks to his job as a social worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Columbia, SC. But he still chooses to keep his veteran status mostly to himself. 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]

Do You Want To Run Your Own Dairy Farm?: 

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is a National Apprenticeship registered with the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration. This innovative training program provides paid employment, comprehensive training in all aspects of owning and operating a managed-grazing dairy operation, and the experience needed to transition to farm ownership. Website.

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Advocates Veteran Employment: 

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is joining utilities and other entities in advocating for more veterans to be considered for work within the industry. “We are surrounded by #UtilityCareers opportunities, but they often hide in plain sight because job-seekers are unaware of the options available to them or unsure who to contact,” Gladys M. Brown, PUC chairman, said. “Connecting skilled candidates with these jobs – which offer good wages, growth opportunities and the chance to make a difference in our communities – benefits us all.” Read more.

Thank You For Your Service. Now What?: 

Bunker Brews, is a meetup for a rare group of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars—those who return to the U.S. with ideas for their own second chapter in life. It’s hosted by Bunker Labs, a four-year-old nonprofit started by Navy veteran Todd Connor that offers financial and logistical support, networking events, and informational classes for veterans who want to become entrepreneurs. Read more.

Veterans Have More Cybersecurity Skills Than They Know: 

According to Lt. Col. Timothy Stoner, cybersecurity is one area where veterans may underestimate their own skills and training. Cybersecurity is a field that seems technical and intimidating but is well-suited for almost anyone who has spent time in the military. Hirepurpose sat down with Lt. Col. Stoner to talk about why more veterans should consider cybersecurity in their job search. Read more.

Transition Assistance Programs Employment Opportunities: 

Transition Assistance Programs (TRG) values the expertise and fresh perspective experienced professionals bring to its organization. It recruits experienced professionals across a wide range of roles, business areas, and regions. The global presence, variety of work assignments, and business strength help to make it one of the most dynamic companies in the Washington metropolitan area. Careers.

Waste Management Hiring Rolloff Drivers In Coal Township: 

- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information
- Must be at least 21 years of age, one year of previous experience operating a vehicle requiring a CDL, or equivalent military driving within the last seven years, and Class A or B CDL with air brake endorsement.
- Apply.

PennDOT Has Job Opportunities In The Winter Maintenance Program: 

Seasonal job opportunities are available in ALL COUNTIES and run from September 2018 through April 2019. Read more.

Waste Management Hiring Event – Diesel Mechanices And CDL Drivers West Sunbury: 

- Nov. 15, 2018, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Waste Management Butler Hauling, 1436 West Sunbury Rd., West Sunbury, PA (Butler County)
- On-site interviews with immediate opportunities available, so bring a copy of your resume. Pre-registration strongly encouraged.
- Apply. Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information.

Waste Management CDL Driver And Diesel Mechanic Hiring Event: 

- Nov. 15, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Camp Hill Hauling, 4300 Industrial Park Rd., Camp Hill, PA (Cumberland County)
- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information.
- Apply.

PA Soldiers' & Sailors' Home – Job Open House Hiring For CNA, LPN And RN's: 

- Nov. 16, 2018, 2-5 p.m.
- Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home, 560 E. 3rd St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- Point of contact: Victoria Krueger at 814-878-4974 or email [email protected] 
- Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home, Erie (Erie County), is hiring for CNA, LPN and RN positions. The open house will feature tours, refreshments, and the opportunity to apply in person. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.
- Candidates unable to attend may apply online at

Hiring Our Heroes Military And Business Community Networking Event: 

- Nov. 28, 2018, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
- 117 N. Hanover St, Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County)
- Attendees and employers must register in advance at Website, via email at [email protected], or over the phone at 717-243-4515.
- Service members and their spouses are encouraged to bring their resumes and network with employers in the Carlisle area. The event is free and registrants will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from Market Cross Pub and Brewery.

 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.)

Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans Hunting Camp: 

- Nov. 25, 2018-Dec. 1, 2018, each day sunrise to sunset
- Address will be provided upon registration (Pike County-Delaware State Forest)
- Point of Contact: Ryan Bowman at 484-629-5454 or email [email protected] 
- Additional Details: Pre-registration is required A.S.A.P., upon registration packing list and directions to hunting camp will be provided. Spots are limited.

2018 Veterans Service Partnership Fly Tying Instruction: 

- First and third Tuesday of each month beginning Nov. 6, 2018, 7-9 p.m.
- American Legion Post #34 (Enter through the rear door), 1388 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
- Point of contact: Bill Nolan at 717-875-7426 or email [email protected] 
- Donegal Trout Unlimited Veteran Service Partnership is offering a free program to veterans, designed to teach the basics of fly fishing. All equipment and supplies provided free of charge and FREE to veterans and their family members.

Open House At Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home: 

- Nov. 16, 2018, 2-6 p.m.
- Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home, 560 East Third St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- Point of contact: Laurie Rice at 814-878-4939
- Take a tour, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments, participate in activities and experience the comradery of fellow veterans. Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
- Website.

Rededication Of WWII Submarine Memorial: 

- Nov. 17, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
- Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Section 24C, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
- The Submarine Veterans of the United States Keystone Base will rededicate the World War II Submarine Memorial with a ceremony of remembrance along with a “Tolling of the Boats” and military honors.
- Website.

Veterans’ Celebration Hosted By State Rep. Rosemary M. Brown – 189th Legislative District: 

- Nov. 17, 2018, Noon-3 p.m.
- Middle Smithfield Elementary School, 5180 Milford Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA (Monroe County)
- Point of contact: Linda Meglio at 570-420-8301 or email [email protected] 
- Pre-registration is required! This is a free event offered to our area veterans to celebrate and thank them for their service. There will be food and vendors offering veterans services as well as complimentary haircuts, hand massages, foot massage therapy, etc.

Veteran's Appreciation Game Reading Royals: 

- Nov. 17, 2018, 6 p.m.
- 700 Penn St., Reading, PA (Berks County)
- Reading Royals Are recognizing the women veterans of Berks County. Join in the purple section and cheer on the home town Royals! $5 of your ticket goes for fundraising for the Women Veterans of Berks County.
- Tickets.

A Healthier Mind Is A Happier Life Conference: 

- Nov. 18, 2018, pre-conference, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 19-20, 2018, conference
- The Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey, PA (Dauphin County)
- Point of contact: Sharon Engdahl at 717-343-4945 or 717-957-3432 or email [email protected] or [email protected] 
- Website.

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 

- Nov. 20, 2018, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
- Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Rd., Bethel Park, PA (Allegheny County)
- Breakfast is $12. Without breakfast is free. R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or [email protected] 
- 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.

The American Veterans Warriors Martial Arts Club Luncheon: 

- Nov. 22, 2018, Noon
- The American Veterans Warriors Martial Arts Club, 2242 Denglar St., Mount Penn, PA (Berks County)
- If you have any question's please call 610-743-5498 and ask for Anthony.
- When a warrior comes home from battle, it is a difficult transition. The discipline and balance required in martial arts training are similar to military training. Martial arts also contain the characteristics required to handle the stresses of daily life. HEAL-Martial Arts have been proven to assist in healing the physical, mental and spiritual losses caused by traumatic brain injury, physical injury recovery and many other issues. All instructors are veterans and police officers.

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