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Posted on: December 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] DMVA Digest, December 19


Around the State

Wolf Administration Works To Keep Heroin, Fentanyl Out Of PA Communities: 

As part of Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick, Acting Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), and Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, reinforced the Wolf Administration’s collaborative approach toward disrupting the flow of illegal drugs into the commonwealth. Read more.

PA Guard Welcomes Lithuania's Vice Minister Of Defense To Fort Indiantown Gap: 

Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, recently welcomed Lithuania’s vice minister of defense and other senior officials to the Pennsylvania National Guard's Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site at Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County. Read more.

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.

Centre County Looks For Grant To Expand Outreach Services For Veterans: 

Centre County will submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for outreach funding. The Veterans' Trust Fund Grant would be used to provide outreach initiatives throughout the county over the next year. Read more.

DMVA Visits PA Veterans' Home For Holiday Celebrations: 

Pennsylvania's Adjutant General and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, members from the Pennsylvania National Guard, and DMVA employees, have been visiting with staff and residents throughout December for the holiday celebrations going on at DMVA's six veterans' homes located throughout Pennsylvania. The celebrations are continuing throughout this week. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see the pictures from the events as they happen. You can also visit DMVA's Flickr page which will be updated with photos soon. DMVA's Veterans Homes are accepting applications for admission. For details, visit www.VeteransHomes.pa.gov

 Around the State 

A Small Pennsylvania Town Lost A Son In Combat: 

Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, the special tactics airman who was killed along with three other U.S. service members in Afghanistan late last month, reflected the place he was raised as much as a person could. He hailed from Beaver County, PA, a region of tough, practical people about 10 miles down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh. Read more.

Brewing Up Something Special For Veterans: 

A bag of coffee can make someone's day, especially if they're deployed. It's heartwarming. Dunkin' is donating two tons of coffee to a local veterans organization and another to the overseas military, along with packages and thank you notes. Read more.

Indiantown Gap Cemetery Participated In National Wreaths Across America Day: 

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery (Lebanon County) held its own Wreaths Across America ceremony, recently. Each year about 8,000-10,000 people attend the ceremony, helping place all of the wreaths. They had about 30,000 wreaths to places on veterans' graves. For some, this is an annual tradition. Americans placed wreaths at more than 1,400 locations, including Arlington National Cemetery. Watch video.

Making A Difference – Holiday Stockings Made For Homeless Veterans In Pennsylvania: 

Pennsylvania has the fourth largest population of veterans in the U.S. and sadly, many become homeless when they return from service. In this week's Making A Difference, an Indiana County woman's idea to spread Christmas cheer to homeless veterans, after being homeless herself, just keeps growing and she hopes more people will want to help. Read more.

Woman Finds Urn With Veteran's Ashes In Bedford County Barn: 

A Pennsylvania woman cleaning out a barn discovered an urn containing ashes of an Air Force veteran, as well as an American flag, photos from his life and other items. Phyllis Gregor found the urn as she was cleaning a deceased in-law's barn in Bedford County. Read more.

Working Warrior Sees Surge In Interest After Volunteer's 'Jeopardy!' Run: 

The founder of a small Pittsburgh nonprofit that aims to put area veterans to work said interest in the organization has surged since one of its regular volunteers competed on “Jeopardy!” Dave Leffler, a retired Allegheny County police officer, took home $101,102 on the game show before his winning streak came to an end.Read more.

 Across the Nation 

Dementia Risk Increased In Female Vets With Brain Injury, PTSD: 

Female military veterans with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or depression are more likely to develop dementia later in life. If a female vet was diagnosed with more than one of those conditions, that risk went up.Read more.

FCC And VA To Combat Illegal Robocalls Targeting Veterans: 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to team up to combat illegal robocalls targeting Americans, including veterans and their families. Each year, the FCC receives more than 200,000 complaints about unwanted calls. Website.

Helping Veterans Cope With PTSD During Holidays: 

The winter holiday season is regarded by many as a wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays can be a painful reminder of past times when life seemed better. Large groups of family and friends are often part of the holiday festivities, but this and other things may be stressful for someone with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read more.

NAMI Homefront Online!: 

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-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.

New VA Tool Helps Verify Veterans’ Mental Health Claims: 

Mental health claims can now be verified faster and easier thanks to the Official Military Activities Report (OMAR), a new tool that allows VA employees quick access to significant activity data used to verify combat and other military participation in what could be considered stressful events. Read more.

No Wrong Door: 

This video explains VA’s “no wrong door” approach to preventing and ending homelessness among veterans through stories of veterans who once lacked stable housing. VA’s “no wrong door” philosophy ensures that veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness have timely access to appropriate housing and services. Watch video.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels 2019 Airshow Schedule Released: 

Here is the 2019 airshow schedule for the US.. Navy Blue Angels! Will you see them in 2019? Post in the AirshowStuff Forums or on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show! 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]

DMVA's Bureau Of Programs, Initiative, Reintegration And Outreach Is Hiring Someone To Manage Projects: 

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is looking for someone to manage projects for the Bureau of Programs, Initiative, Reintegration and Outreach. This exciting and challenging position offers an opportunity to use your creativity. If you are goal oriented and productive, we have the job for you! Read more.

Hiring Our Heroes President – Military Spouse Employment Is ‘Critical To National Security’: 

How many service members have talked about leaving the military because their spouse can’t find a job? The number recorded in a recent Hiring Our Heroes survey might shock you. Watch video.

TSA Jobs Available Nationwide For Veterans: 

Today, thousands of veterans just like you are finding the next stage of their career at Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In fact, with federal benefits, competitive wages and significant growth potential, there’s never been a better time to renew your commitment to service. To learn more visit the Website. or, call 1-877-872-7990 or TEXT TSO to 95495.

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.

Virtual Events Let Healthcare Jobseekers Explore Careers Serving Veterans: 

Graduates of the Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) are gearing up to attend a new, innovative U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Careers event: a virtual career fair. Although the first virtual event this month is open only to HPSP graduates, it is one of many virtual career fairs planned to highlight career opportunities at VA. No matter where they’re located around the country, jobseekers attending virtual events can explore open job opportunities, chat with recruiters and choose where to start their healthcare career at VA. Read more.

Funding From Wolf Administration To Support The Expansion Of Morgan Advanced Materials And Technologies, Create 41 New Jobs: 

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Morgan Advanced Materials and Technologies, Inc. (Morgan), a materials company specializing in carbon and silicon carbide manufacturing, will expand its presence in Pennsylvania. The expansion project is expected to create 41 new jobs at the company’s facilities in Elk and Potter counties. 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.)

MilitaryShare Fresh Express Program: 

- Jan. 11, 2019
- Fort Indiantown Gap - USO - Bldg. 13-190, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
- Point of contact: Roxie Norris at 717-861-6299 or email [email protected] to pre-register.
- Pre-register by Jan. 3, 2019. Registration is required for MilitaryShare distribution. MilitaryShare, a collaborative program of local food banks and the Pennsylvania National Guard, is desgined to provide fresh, nutritious foods for veterans and military families in need.
- Website.

Live Q&A Webcast With The Honorable Robert Wilke, Secretary Of Veterans Affairs: 

- Jan. 17, 2019, 1-3:30 p.m.
- Open window for question and concern submissions: Dec. 14-21,2018. If you want to speak to someone directly about a concern, contact the White House VA hotline at 855-948-2311
- Are you part of the veteran community? Join VA for their second virtual townhall event. Please send your questions and key challenges impacting your local veteran-community to [email protected] 
- Veterans Experience Office website VA welcome kit

Cabela's Veterans Outreach (Berks Co)

- Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- 100 Cabela Dr., Hamburg, PA (Berks County)
- Point of contact: Ron Leh at 610-476-7089 or email [email protected] 
- Department of Military and Veterans Affairs mobile veterans outreach team will be at Cabela's to assist veterans with obtaining information and initiating compensation claim paperwork. Veterans service officers also raise awareness of existing services and benefits that are available to veterans.

"They Shall Not Grow Old" – Poingnant WWI Documentary Presented In Cinemas In 2D And RealD™ 3D: 

- Dec. 27, 2018
- Fathom Events will screen the film in 500 theaters nationwide on Dec. 27, 2018
- The acclaimed documentary is an extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented in a way the world has never seen. By utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, Peter Jackson puts forth an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it.
- Read more.

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