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Posted on: December 12, 2018

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DMVA Digest
A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
December 12, 2018

 DMVA News 

DMVA Digest Holiday Schedule: 

In observance of the Christmas holiday, the DMVA Digest will not be published on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. The week of New Year's, the Digest will be published on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. The following week the Digest will resume its normal schedule.

Military And Veterans Affairs Hall Of Fame Welcomes Three New Inductees: 

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs inducted three new members into its prestigious Hall of Fame, recognizing their exceptional service to the department, the Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania’s veterans. Honored today were Maj. Gen. (ret.) Walter F. Pudlowski Jr.; Command Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Nicholas “Chip” Gilliland; and Helen Sajer. Read more.

Supporting Our Heroes During The Holiday Season: 

The holiday season is a great time to show your support for the commonwealth's military, veterans and their families by donating to the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, the Veterans' Trust Fund, any of DMVA’s six veterans home Resident Welfare Funds, and/or the Pennsylvania Veterans' Memorial Trust Fund. Find out how you can make a tax-deductible donation today: Read more.

Reminder – Veterans' Trust Fund Applications Must Be Received By Friday, Dec. 14, 2018: 

The 2018-19 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) Grant applications must be received by 3 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Up to $800,000 in VTF grant funding will be competitively awarded for programs and services benefiting Pennsylvania veterans. Learn more: Read more.

Residents Celebrate The Holidays At Southeastern Veterans’ Center: 

'Tis the season to be merry, and that's exactly what it was at the Southeastern Veterans' Center. Residents at the center were visited by Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, along with other National Guard members, to celebrate the holidays. Read more.

PA Department Of Military And Veterans Affairs Employees Go Behind The Scenes Here: 

Civilian employees from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs attended an education and outreach event hosted by the Fort Indiantown Gap installation in October. The intent of the event was to show administrative support employees how their efforts support the installation. Read more.

 Around the State 

Wolf Administration To Distribute Free Naloxone On Dec. 13 At Locations Across Pennsylvania As Part Of Stop Overdoses In PA – Get Help Now Week: 

The Wolf Administration will provide naloxone for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment. Read more.

Holiday Wish Program Gift Drive: 

The 29th annual Holiday Wish Program gift drive got underway in Harrisburg (Dauphin County). Representatives from the state departments of Aging, Human Services, Labor and Industry and the Pennsylvania National Guard participated. The program provides donated gifts to about 200 families and 100 seniors across Pennsylvania. Read more.

For Active Troops And Veterans, Second Harvest Providing Boxes Of Relief: 

The cardboard boxes moved swiftly down the assembly line as a dozen or so volunteers filled them with groceries. This process goes on all the time at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Northampton County, which helps thousands of people in six counties stave off hunger from day to day. Read more.

Penn State Veterans Clinic Wins Disability, Back Pay Awards For PA, NJ Veterans: 

The Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic has won several disability and back pay awards for veterans since its inception nearly four years ago, all while providing students hands-on experience with administrative law, pretrial litigation and appellate advocacy skills. Read more.

Military Father Surprises Three Daughters At Penguins Game: 

Daniel Lehman’s three daughters thought they were attending a Pittsburgh Penguins game, to be recognized with other military families who sacrifice so much. Little did they know that after 11 months of not seeing their father, a sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, they would be surprised by his return from Afghanistan and Kuwait. Read more.

 Across the Nation 

#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran George Herbert Walker Bush: 

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy veteran and former president, George Herbert Walker Bush. Bush was born in 1924 in Milton, Mass. After the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Naval Reserves to become a naval aviator and join the war effort. Read more.

2019 Freedom Award Nomination Season Closes Soon: 

Do you have a story to tell about how exceptional your employer’s support is to Guard and Reserve service members? 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! For more information about the Freedom Award, or how to nominate your employer, visit our Website.

AARP Watchdog Alert Handbook Veterans’ Edition – Nine Ways Con Artists Target Veterans: 

As a veteran, you have protected our country with your service. Now let AARP help you protect yourself from scams that target veterans and your guaranteed benefits. As with all scams, vigilance is your No. 1 weapon. Read more.

America's Veterans By The Numbers: 

There are 20.4 million living veterans in the United States, representing less than 10 percent of the population. 7.1 million living veterans served in the Gulf War era; 6.8 million living veterans served during the Vietnam era; 770,000 served in World War II; and there are 1.6 million living Korean War Era veterans. Read more.

Another For-Profit College Chain, Popular With GI Bill Users, Closes Suddenly: 

One of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains announced that it was abruptly closing in dozens of locations nationwide, after its accrediting agency suspended approval. Birmingham, Alabama-based Education Corp. of America said it was closing schools in more than 70 locations in 21 states. Read more.

Chat With A Nurse Practitioner Via Video Connect: 

Veterans receiving health care at VA medical centers throughout VISN 4 have an opportunity to obtain some care with the ease of a video chat. VA Video Connect (VVC) is a web application that veterans can use to connect with their health care team from anywhere with an internet connection and compatible device. Read more.

D-Day Tour Of Normandy France: 

July 9-17, 2019, tour Includes: U.S. roundtrip coach transportation to airport and transfer home; roundtrip international non-stop economy airfare; seven night accommodations in four centrally located hotels; comprehensive sightseeing tours including, transportation to and from all included activities; touring in a private modern motor coach with A/C; and experienced, professional English-speaking tour director. For More Information contact Cathy at 717-921-2097 or email [email protected]

Drunk Driving Among Veterans Is Up Nearly 60 Percent Since 2014, Study Finds: 

Drunk driving and binge drinking among the American veteran population has spiked considerably in recent years, a recent study by the American Addiction Centers found. Read more.

Get The Right Treatment For PTSD: 

You've probably heard people say, "doctor knows best." But new information challenges this old saying. Research tells us that when it comes to choosing a PTSD treatment, it may very well be the patient who knows best. A recent study found that people who chose which PTSD treatment they received (either therapy or medication) improved more than people who were assigned treatment. Read more.

Hubbard Charity Seeks Homeless To Help Them Survive Frigid Weather: 

An estimated 24,000 people in Ohio and Pennsylvania are homeless and about one in 10 are veterans. Patty Summers, founder of Youngstown Blue Coats in Ohio, started the charity two years ago to seek out the homeless where they live. Many of the homeless people have hidden camps along rivers and in wooded areas, but finding people who need help can be a challenge. Read more.

NAMI Homefront Online!: 

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans. The class helps families understand what the service member or veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions. The program is designed to help family members understand and support their service member/veteran while maintaining their own well-being. Register.

VA’s Office Of Transition And Economic Development Engages Puerto Rico’s Veteran Community: 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently hosted and participated in a series of partnership events in Puerto Rico to advance the economic success of service members, veterans and families living on the island. 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]

Waste Management Hiring CDL Truck Drivers And Diesel Technicians In North Huntingdon: 

- Dec. 14, 2018, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
- 310 Leger Rd., North Huntingdon, PA (Westmoreland County)
- Walk-Ins welcome. Please bring a copy of your Resume! Immediate opportunities available!
- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information. This position is eligible for up to $7,000 in bonuses available.
- Apply.

Executive Opportunities And Service To Veterans Led Marlene To Choose VA For Her Nursing Career: 

Marlene Brewster took advantage of the many opportunities for advancement during her 33-year nursing career at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Now, in her role as an executive leader at the VA Greater Los Angeles (GLA) Healthcare System, she promotes and supports the very programs she benefited from, including education and leadership opportunities. Read more.

Governor Wolf Announces Expansion Of Tram Bar Co-Packing, Creation Of 30 New Jobs In Blair County: 

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Tram Bar Co-Packing LLC, who will manufacture energy bars for Kate’s Real Food of Jackson, Wyoming, will construct a new manufacturing facility in Allegheny Twp., Blair County, creating 30 new food manufacturing jobs over three years. Read more.

Symmetry Financial Group Hiring: 

Symmetry Financial Group is looking for veterans who are motivated, have high integrity and are willing to learn a sales process. Veterans and their spouses receive the fast-start veterans program. Visit Website and apply or call 610-742-1413 or email [email protected]/careers.

UPS Supply Chain Is Hiring: 

UPS is seeking talented individuals for Warehouse Associate positions. Enjoy competitive benefits and the chance to grow your career with a world-class brand. Visit our Website to apply.

BAE Awarded $140M Marine Corps Contract – New Jobs Expected: 

BAE Systems has netted a contract worth $140 million to build 30 more amphibious combat vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps, extending a current deal. The contract comes on top of a $198 million award to BAE in June to deliver an initial 30 amphibious combat vehicles, or ACVs. BAE said much of the work on the new vehicles will be done at its facility in West Manchester Township, York County. 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.)

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 

- Dec. 19, 2018, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
- Robert Morris University, RMU Yorktown Hall (former Holiday Inn), 8256 University Blvd., Moon Township, 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.

AMVETS Sponsoring One Day Women Veterans Workshop: 

- Dec. 15, 2018, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1601 Valley Forge Rd., Valley Forge (Berks County)
- Call Nancy at 610-952-2595 or email [email protected] 
- Life can leave us shattered. Life also offers us ways to smooth the sharp edges into something beautiful. Free event, meals included. A safe, private environment for women only. Open to all veterans, active duty, Guard and Reserves.

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 

- Dec. 15, 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 [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.

Wreaths Across America: 

- Dec. 15, 2018, ceremony in the PA Veterans Memorial at noon; assist in placing the wreaths on graves starting at 1 p.m.
- Indiantown Gap National Cemetery PA Veterans Memorial, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
- Everyone is invited. Due to the limited parking at the cemetery, parking will be nearby (follow cemetery event parking signs) and buses will shuttle guests to and from the cemetery continuously. Arrive early and dress warmly. All activities are outdoors and will be held rain or shine.
- Website.

Air National Guard Band Of The Northeast To Appear In Concert This December: 

- Dec. 16, 2018, 3 p.m., doors open at 2 p.m.
- The Scottish Rite Cathedral Auditorium, 2701 N. Third St., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- The concert is FREE! Call The Valley of Harrisburg Office at 717-238-8867 or Reserve Tickets. Tickets may also be picked up at our business office.
- The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast will present an exciting concert of holiday favorites. The Band of the Northeast represents the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, the United States Air National Guard, and the United States Air Force as musical ambassadors for both military and civilian audiences throughout the entire MidAtlantic and Northeast region.

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