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Posted on: November 21, 2018

[ARCHIVED] PA Veteran News 21 November 2018

DMVA Digest
   A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs 
  November 21, 2018

  DMVA News

Two Local Veterans, 35 Medal Of Honor Recipients Inducted Into The Southeastern Veterans’ Center Hall Of Fame:

The Southeastern Veterans’ Center (SEVC) in Spring City (Chester County) inducted two local veterans and 35 Medal of Honor recipients into its Hall of Fame. The SEVC is one of six veterans homes operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). “These 37 military heroes are deservingly part of our Hall of Fame family, where their legacy of selfless sacrifice can be forever honored and appreciated,” said Rohan Blackwood, commandant. Read more.

PA VFW Presents Eagle Awards To Top State DMVA Officials:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) presented Pennsylvania's adjutant general and head of the DMVA, Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, and Deputy Adjutant General of Veterans Affairs, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Eric G. Weller with honorary VFW Eagle Awards for their outstanding leadership and accomplishments. Both were praised by the State VFW for dedicating their lives to both serving in the military and managing how the commonwealth supports its service members and veterans. Read more.

DMVA Highlights State Agency Programs For Veterans And Military:

With Thanksgiving approaching, what better time to support a PA veteran farmer? Next time you are shopping, make sure to look for the PA Preferred, Homegrown By Heroes combined logo and purchase products grown or made in PA by Pennsylvania heroes. To learn more about PA Preferred and Homegrown by Heroes, visit: PaPreferred website.DMVA is spotlighting veterans programs and services offered by various Commonwealth of Pennsylvania agencies throughout November. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and share!

DMVA Still Looking For 11 Photos Of Pennsylvania Veterans Who Paid Ultimate Sacrifice In Vietnam:

To further honor and preserve the memory of our veterans for future generations, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in D.C. is leading an initiative to locate a photo for every U.S. service member who died during Vietnam. Please help find the remaining 11 photos from three Pennsylvania counties. For information on how to submit a photo, visit: Read more.

  Around the State

PA Soldiers Returning From Middle East Deployment:

Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers deployed to the Middle East may be home in time for Thanksgiving. Five hundred soldiers of the Harrisburg-based 28th Infantry Division Headquarters have spent the past nine months in the Middle East, coordinating 10,000 troops as part of Task Force Spartan. In a ceremony this week, the unit also known as the Iron Division turned over responsibility of their mission to a Minnesota National Guard unit.Read more.

Veterans In Crisis Embark On An 'Odyssey' At This Somerset County Camp:

On the large veranda outside the mess hall, Dick Liston sat alone, elbows on knees, soda can on the table. His eyes seemed to draw a bead on a gold-leafed thicket just beyond the porch. He had a searing headache. Inside, veterans and support teams were scuffing and scraping chairs, filling plates with bagels and sausage, refilling coffee cups and settling in for the day’s first session. Two sets of crutches leaned against a table where, of five men seated around it, one had visible scars. Read more.

Vietnam Veteran Receives High School Diploma 56 Years Later:

It was a long time coming, 56 years, but a local veteran finally got his high school diploma. "It took a long time to get here because people asked why I didn't come before, well I was too busy making a living," said James Neal. "My friend was talking about the class reunion, I said I never did that because I never graduated." Read more.

Vietnam War Veterans Honored In Mount Jewett:

More than 30 area Vietnam War era veterans were recognized in a Vietnam Pinning Ceremony at the Mount Jewett American Legion Home Post #574, co-sponsored by the office of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and the McKean County Office of Veteran Affairs. Read more.

WWII Bomber Pilot’s Remains Will Join Those Of His Son At Arlington:

The remains of an Air Force pilot from Latrobe Pennsylvania whose plane crashed off Croatia during World War II are coming home and will be interred alongside those of his son, a Vietnam War veteran, at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. Read more.

  Across the Nation

K9s For Warriors – Because Together We Stand:

James Rutland is a 12-year Army veteran who served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004, followed by two more tours in South Korea. He left the military in 2014, suffering from multiple medical conditions related to his service. Thinking he could do it alone, Rutland tried healing from the trauma on his own. That wasn’t working. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got,” says Rutland. In 2016, Rutland finally rounded the bend of recovery when he was paired with his service dog, Dunkin. “I started focusing on "we" instead of "me," says Rutland. Read more.

Lesser Known Memorials In Washington, D.C.:

Washington, D.C. is home to many renowned memorials. However, there are many lesser-known memorials in our nation’s capital that have a rich history and honor many important groups and events. Website.

Missing From Top Colleges – Veterans:

A lot of colleges, public and private, like to think of their campuses as highly diverse. And they are diverse racially, religiously and geographically. But many of them remain dominated by affluent students. One twist on this problem is the embarrassingly small number of military veterans at many top colleges. Read more.

New Approach Integrates Mental Health Treatment With Job Placement For Veterans With PTSD:

The Veterans Coordinated Approach to Recovery and Employment (Veterans CARE) project takes an individualized approach to employment services for veterans with service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more.

Powerball Lottery Winner Gives $500K To Veterans Group:

An Iowa woman who won a nearly $700 million Powerball lottery jackpot has donated $500,000 to a veterans group. Lerynne West announced on the Ellen DeGeneres Show broadcast that she gave the money to the Travis Mills Foundation. The Maine-based organization offers programs for disabled veterans and their families. Read more.

Sharing Decisions Helps Veterans Manage Diabetes:

Diabetes affects an estimated 30.3 million people in the United States or about 9.4 percent of the population. Patients with diabetes have a lot to manage to stay healthy – paying close attention to their diet, making sure they get plenty of exercises, often managing multiple medications, and ensuring their numbers (blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol) are within their goal range. Read more.

The New Website Is Now Available:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making it easier for veterans and those who support them to find the information and tools they need. The new design focuses on the top 80% of information veterans seek out across all VA websites. Read more.

Trees For Troops 2018:

Delivering the spirit of Christmas to military families – one Christmas tree at a time.Website.

Tricare Dropping Retiree Dental And Vision Plans:

Dental and vision plans are being dropped by Tricare this year, but eligible military families and retirees can get full coverage for 2019 through the federal government’s existing plan as long as they enroll by the Dec. 10 deadline. Read more.

VA Opens Dayton, Ohio Food Pantry During Hunger And Homelessness Awareness Week:

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, observed the week before Thanksgiving, brings people from across the country together to shine a light on the issues of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups engage their communities by hosting events that generate public awareness and action. One of these events included the grand opening of the VA food pantry in Dayton, OH. 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]

Dan's Auto body, Hershey:

- Dan's Auto body, 359 Gates Rd., Hershey, PA (Dauphin County) 
- Call G.M. Matt Brown at 717-533-6050 to schedule and interview. 
- Looking for body techs/frame techs., etc.

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.

Kellenberger Excavating LLC Hiring Veterans:

Donald Kellenberger, a U.S. Marine with an honorable discharge, returned home from active duty about 10 years ago and opened Kellenberger Excavating LLC in Reading, PA (Berks County). He is seeking qualified veterans to work for his company. Website.

Mack Truck Participating In Effort To Recruit Veterans To Trucking Industry:

Mack Trucks will be donating one of its Lower Macungie-manufactured Anthem Trucks to the American Trucking Association to help in its efforts to recruit and hire veterans into the trucking industry. The truck, which was designed with a camouflage wrap, will be used to travel across the country in the recruitment effort. Read more.

Quality Drive Away, Inc. Hiring:

- Quality Drive Away, Inc., 3 Cloverleaf Dr., Jonestown, PA (Lebanon County) 
- Contact Nate Baum at 717-865-4955 X 204 
- Welcoming drivers as independent contractors. Set own schedule. Will train for CDL if needed.

Wal-Mart Giving Hiring Preference To Military Spouses:

Wal-Mart has announced it will be giving hiring preference to military spouses, becoming one of the largest companies nationally to make the commitment. The hiring is based on the chain's newly-launched "Military Spouse Career Connection" initiative, which goes hand-in-hand with its "Veterans Welcome Home" program, enhanced in 2015 with a goal to hire 250,000 military veterans by 2020. Read more.

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.)

2018 Veterans Service Partnership Fly Tying Instruction:

- First and third Tuesday of each month, 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 to veterans and their family members.

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.

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. 

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event:

- Nov. 30, 2018, 8:30-10:30 a.m. 
- Comfort Inn Conference Center, 699 Rodi Rd., Penn Hills, PA (Allegheny County) 
- Breakfast is $12. Without breakfast is free. 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. 

Try Hockey For Free Day!:

- Dec. 2, 2018, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
- 1099 E Venango St., Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County) 
- For questions call 703-463-8412 or email [email protected] 
- This event is designed for U.S. military veterans. It is a completely free experience to try hockey. 

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event:

- Dec. 5, 2018, 8:30-10:30 a.m. 
- Seven Oaks Country Club, 132 Lisbon Rd., Beaver, PA (Beaver 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.

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) at Night:

- Dec. 6, 2018, 7 p.m. 
- Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County) 
- This event is free, free food, cash bar. R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or [email protected] Please mention DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P. 
- Women veterans of various eras and ages will talk about their experiences serving our country. Open to the public, all are welcome. 
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