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Posted on: February 28, 2019

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 DMVA News 

Governor Wolf Calls For Support Of Program That Offers Education Benefits To Spouses, Children Of PNG Members: 

Today at Fort Indiantown Gap, Gov. Tom Wolf outlined the benefits of his proposed Military Family Education Program (MFEP) that enables members of the Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) to earn college benefits for their spouse and/or children. The MFEP is part of the governor’s recently proposed budget and would be the first program of its kind in the nation. Read more.

Help Military Families During Tax Time Through Program Administered By DMVA: 

Individuals filing their 2018 state personal income taxes can help Pennsylvania’s military personnel and their families by donating part or all of their refund to the state’s Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP). The program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), provides grants of up to $3,500. Read more.

DMVA Still Looking For 10 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 Washington, 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 10 photos from three Pennsylvania counties. For information on how to submit a photo, Read more.

These Six States Have National Guard Forces That Could Rival A Foreign Army Including PA: 

Don't mess with Texas' National Guard. Texas has a number of capabilities that elevate the Lone Star State to the #1 position. Its sheer size is a significant factor, host to nearly 21,000 troops, including its army and air components. Find out what other states throughout the country made the list. Read more.

We Salute You Wendy Myers: 

Sgt. Wendy Myers served 10 years in the Pennsylvania National Guard in the 328th Brigade Support Battalion based in Elizabethtown (Lancaster County). She did three overseas tours, including two in Iraq as a combat medic. Watch.

 Around the State 

‘It’s OK To Ask For Help’ – Coroners Present Suicide Prevention Program To Local Soldiers: 

Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees and Deputy Coroner Chuck Mahon presented their office’s suicide prevention program to more than 100 local soldiers. “It was a great honor to speak to our military men and women this morning,” Lees said, “again reaffirming that it’s OK to ask for help.” Lees and Mahon presented the Yellow Ribbon Program to members of the 252nd Engineer Company of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard at their base on Walters Avenue in Johnstown, PA (Cambria County). (Read more.

Academy Programs Eligible For U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits: 

The Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology has received the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s stamp of approval to allow veterans to use their VA education benefits at the school. “We’re grateful to the staff from the PA Department of Education for their assistance through the application process and for providing these resources for our students,” said Mike McMonigal, supervisor of adult and post-secondary education at the academy. Read more.

Army Amputee Veteran Surprised With New Service Dog: 

A fundraiser at Miller's Ale House in Philadelphia was held recently for humans and canines. These dogs aren't just any dogs. "We had a bond immediately," said Joseph Rafferty of Buckingham, Pennsylvania (Bucks County). They're service dogs trained to help veterans and law enforcement with PTSD and other disabilities. "He actually jumps on me when I get super anxious," said Raul Carbajal of Williamsport. Read more.

Helping Those Who Served – Vietnam Veteran Helps Give The Support He Didn’t Have: 

Work is set to begin this spring on a project to remodel and build a large addition on the Shenango Twp. municipal building (Lawrence County). Tom Hubert, chairman of the township’s supervisors, announced a timetable for the long-planned project at the supervisors’ regular monthly meeting. Projected to cost between $2.4 million and $2.8 million, the project could be completed without having to raise taxes, Hubert said. Read more.

March Consumer Financial Protection Events Announced: 

Education and outreach staff from the Department of Banking and Securities will be meeting with senior citizens, professionals, students, and members of the public across Pennsylvania during the month of March to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf's Consumer Financial Protection Initiative. Read more.

Mount Union Vet From "Greatest Generation" Laid To Rest: 

The Veterans Administration estimates there may be fewer than 500,000 World War II veterans currently alive in the United States. Around 350 of those vets die each day. Communities across the country are paying special tribute to those men and women as they pass. On Feb. 22, a highly decorated Army veteran from WW II was laid to rest in Mount Union (Huntingdon County). Read more.

Providing Veterans With Jobs And Housing: 

A nonprofit organization that helps veterans held a job fair and ribbon cutting in Schuylkill County. We Agape You has helped countless veterans in Pennsylvania. In 2017, the nonprofit organization built a house near Pottsville for a veteran who lost his home in Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Watch.

Veteran's Story – After Coming Home From WWII, He Taught At Mansfield City Schools: 

Soon to be 94 years of age, Joe Mento was a proud member of the "Roarin’ Twenties" in the United States Army Air Corps’ 312th Bombardment Group. “We flew the A-20 Havoc, made by Douglas,” the former turret gunner said. “It was a light bomber, very fast. We flew mostly low-level missions.” A native of the small town of Cresson, PA (Cambria County), roughly 75 miles east of Pittsburgh, Joe said he grew up in a railroad family, having four brothers and two sisters. Read more.

 Across the Nation 

An IED Took Both His Legs – But That Won’t Stop This Vet From Driving 18-Wheelers: 

Erin Schaefer has always felt most like himself behind the wheel of a truck. “I’ve always had what a lot of people say is the trucker’s blood,” he said. “I like to get out and drive and live on the open road. All my life I’ve just loved to drive.” He spent a decade in the Army doing just that. Then one IED blast damaged his legs so badly that they had to be amputated. Read more.

Anniversary Of The Flag Raising At Iwo Jima: 

Iwo Jima was a porous, barren, sulfur-scented island, hundreds of miles away from Tokyo, Japan. Yet, for the Marines and sailors who ultimately defeated the entrenched Japanese imperial forces there, it was salvation. The Americans desperately needed the island to gain access to permanent air bases, crucial for bombing campaigns on the Japanese mainland, and critical for an Allied victory in the Pacific theater of World War II. Read more.

Application Period Now Open For 2019 National Veterans Golden Age Games: 

The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has begun accepting applications for the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games, scheduled to take place June 5-10, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska. The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multievent sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Read more.

Helping Vets Deal With Chronic Pain Without Opioids: 

A double amputee veteran looks through his special headset and suddenly is scuba diving under the sea, and sees fish swimming all around. This is an example of how veterans dealing with injuries are experiencing a special virtual reality rehabilitation therapy program. Read more.

Prepare For Home Buying Season With A U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan: 

Looking to buy a house? VA can help. Most VA home loans do not require a down payment, have competitive interest rates, fewer closing costs and do not require mortgage insurance. Plus, qualifying veterans can use this benefit again and again. Read more.

Team Provides Health Care For Transgender Veterans: 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities all over the world recognize the health care needs of veterans whose gender identity differs from that on their birth certificates. At VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, an all-volunteer team of experts provides medical and psychological care to transgender veterans throughout the VISN 4 service area. Read more.

There Is An Iwo Jima Monument In South Texas: 

Most Americans know the historic significance of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA, and the iconic image it is modeled after. Few, however, may know that the original, working model used by sculptor Dr. Felix W. de Weldon to create the monument is on display thousands of miles away in S. Texas. Watch.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Proposed Rules For Veteran Community Care Now Open For Public Comment: 

Last month, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced its proposed access standards for community care and urgent care provisions that will take effect in June and guide when veterans can seek care to meet their needs under the MISSION Act – be it with VA or with community providers. 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]

Driver License Examiner Assistant (Exam): 

Do you have an enthusiastic approach to customer service? Are you looking for an entry-level job that can lead to a satisfying career? There are hundreds of PennDot Driver License Center positions located throughout Pennsylvania. Apply!

FedEx Is Hiring Package Handlers: 

- Harrisburg Hub, 510 Industrial Dr., Lewisberry, PA (York County)
- For more information, text FedEx to 69922 or go to the Website. 
- Must be at least 18 years of age and able to load, unload and sort packages, as well as perform other related duties.

From Homeless To Working For Deloitte – Free Program Puts Vets On Path To Lucrative Tech Jobs: 

When Daniel Moss got a job offer from Deloitte, he thought it was too good to be true. Moss, an ex-Navy air traffic controller, had struggled re-adjusting to civilian life after his almost six-year military stint. Read more.

Military Training Helped These Veterans Launch Small Businesses: 

Having trouble finding an employer who understands your military skill set? Why not be your own boss? That strategy seems to be working for the veterans who showed off their small businesses in southeast Washington, D.C., during Bunker Labs’ third-annual Muster Across America Tour. Read more.

National Park Service’s Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program: 

The Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP) provides a six-month, immersive experience for veterans to learn from historic preservation leaders, developing skills and knowledge to enter the workforce, while preserving traditional trades and addressing critical maintenance projects within national parks. Learn more about TTAP and start your application today by visiting the program Website.

Pennsylvania Department Of Military And Veterans Affairs (DMVA) Is Hiring: 

Veterans services officer, installation police officer, pharmacist, nurse aide, licensed practical nurse and registered nurse are just a few of the positions that DMVA is currently hiring for. We have employment opportunities in several counties throughout Pennsylvania! Visit the state employment website.

School District Of Philadelphia Recruiting Teachers And School Counselors: 

Apply to be a teacher or school counselor. Serving a richly diverse population – creativity, innovation, and an intrinsic desire to improve the academic outcomes for all students are at the heart of the Philadelphia School District's approach to education. Its student body comes from a vast range of cultural, socioeconomic, and family backgrounds. Apply.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) To Launch New Program Aimed At Getting Vets information technology (IT) Jobs: 

VA is planning the April launch of a new program aimed at placing vets in high-paying IT jobs, with the department picking up the full tab for training and fees once the vet actually gets employment. The Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) program will work through what the VA is calling an "incentivized payment structure" to encourage the veteran to stay with the program to completion. Read more.

Waste Management Is Hiring: 

- Waste Management is hiring mobile diesel technicians in Camp Hill (Cumberland County) and diesel technicians in Telford (Montgomery County) and Bristol (Bucks County).
- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information
- These positions are eligible for bonuses up to $5,000.
- Apply.

Youth Development Aide (Online Exam): 

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is seeking dedicated and attentive individuals to make a difference in the lives of court-adjudicated youth. This position involves a willingness to work with a diverse population, along with a driving desire to make a difference in the lives of youth. Apply!

 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.)

Free Veterans Breakfast: 

- March 4, 2019, 9-11 a.m.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5265, 199 W. 1st Ave., Spring Grove, PA (York County)
- R.S.V.P. to Jeff Hawks at 717-258-1102 or email [email protected] 
- The Army Heritage Center Foundation invites you to hear Joe Boslet discuss his experience as an advisor in Vietnam and his display of artifacts. The program will include a pinning ceremony to present official Department of Defense issued Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pins to any eligible veterans in attendance. Living United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin.

2019 Women Veteran Trailblazers: 

- March 6, 2019, 2-4 p.m.
- Women in Military Service for America Women’s Memorial, Arlington, VA
- The 15 women veteran trailblazers selected are an example of the sacrifices and accomplishments that women veterans contribute every day.
- R.S.V.P.

Legal And Domestic Relations Clinic: 

- March 8, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- For more information, please contact Sarah Primak at 717-926-0872
- Clinics are presented by the PA Bar Association, Lancaster County Domestic Relations and York County Domestic Relations. Veterans with legal and/or domestic relations issues in ALL counties are welcome to attend.

3rd Annual Harriet Tubman Women's Military Day: 

- March 11, 2019, 2-4 p.m.
- Philadelphia City Hall Caucus Room, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- For more information, please call 301-283-7883
- Come and help honor Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell with the Harriet Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Website.

Open Meeting With Veteran Service Organizations: 

- March 16, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
- Carrolltown Fire Company Banquet Hall, 148 South Main St., Carrolltown, PA (Cambria County)
- Point of contact: George Legros at 814-931-7634 or email: [email protected] 
- Experts from the following organizations will be in attendance to address the needs of veterans and their families: The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Veteran Community Initiatives of the Laurel Highlands; the Pennsylvania National Guard Family Assistance Center from Johnstown; the Cambria County Director of Veterans Affairs from Ebensburg; and the Altoona James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, which is sending representatives specializing in suicide prevention and the Inter-service Physician Assistance Program. The Dubois Veterans Center of the Van Zandt VA Medical Center will also be represented.

Student Veteran Career Conference At Villanova University: 

- March 27, 2019, 12:30-7 p.m.
- Villanova University, Villanova Room, Connelly Center, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA (Delaware County)
- Current students, recent graduates, and other area veterans and active military members are welcome to come together to discuss career readiness, employment, and transition hurdles with local leaders in the veteran community. This conference will provide workshops, networking and panel discussions on career readiness, transition hurdles and more. You will leave with tangible tools to move forward in your career and professional development.
- Read more.

Penn State Veterans Outreach Fair: 

- March 30, 2019, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Lewis Katz Building, University Park, State College, PA (Centre County)
- The fair is being offered as a way to thank veterans and their families for their sacrifice and commitment to serving their country.
- Students, faculty and community partners will offer a variety of services, including health screenings and education and legal consultation, all free of charge, to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces across PA, including members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Penn State employee military veterans.
- Register.

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