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Posted on: March 13, 2019

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PA Army National Guard In Mt. Pleasant Hosting Open House March 27: 

Anyone wondering what it takes to join the Pennsylvania Army National Guard will have an opportunity March 27 at the 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Armory in Mt. Pleasant Township (Westmoreland County) during a public open house. Master Sgt. Angela Burd said the event, to be held from 2-7 p.m., is aimed at people who have had an interest in joining and want to learn more about the benefits and commitments of being in the Guard, but the public is invited to attend. Read more.

Delmont Scout Troop’s Veteran Memorial Recognized With Statewide Award: 

Rebecca Shissler’s 97-year-old grandfather fought in World War II, and honoring the military is important to her and her family. That’s how a project, whose original goal was simply mapping the grave sites at Eastview Union Cemetery in Delmont (Westmoreland County), grew to include a veterans’ memorial with a bench, a paver program to solicit additional donations, a flagpole and plans to expand. Read more.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Town Hall: 

- March 18, 2019, 10 a.m.
- University Drive campus, Bldg. 29, 2nd floor Learning Exchange, Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System invites you to join them for a veterans town hall. Town halls allow veterans, their families and the public to meet with VA leadership. Attendees can ask questions, converse, and suggest ways VA can improve its services.
- Facebook event.


DMVA News 

Head Of DMVA, Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Looks To New Approach To Reduce Veteran Suicides: 

Pennsylvania saw roughly 300 suicides among veterans in just one year. Pennsylvania's adjutant general and head of DMVA, Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, wants to set up five regional offices across the state where veterans can be connected to resources like medical, mental health, or addiction care. 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 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, visit: Read more.

Retired U.S. Army General Spoke On International Women’s Day At DMVA Veterans Home: 

A retired U.S. Army general brought some World War I history to DMVA's Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home, Erie (Erie County). On International Women’s Day, Maj. Gen. Mari Kaye Eder told the story of the “Hello Girls.” They were a group of about 450 female switchboard operators who were members of the Army Signal Corps and who helped relay communications in Europe during World War I. Read more.

 Around the State 

A Centennial Salute To The American Legion: 

The image of military veterans spending their time sitting around telling war stories at American Legion halls isn’t true, said Tom Burke, an Army veteran. Burke is a former commander of Sharon American Legion Post 299 (Mercer County) and currently serves as its historian. “In my 28 years as a Legion member, I have never heard one war story here,’’ he said. Read more.

DeSales University Opens Office Of Veterans And Military Services: 

Student veterans at DeSales University (Lehigh County) have a new resource to help guide them through their college careers. The university opened an Office of Veterans and Military Services with the goal to give student veterans a central point of contact on campus. Read more.

Editorial – A Proper Salute To Veterans In Sharon Hill: 

As part of his budget address, Governor Tom Wolf announced plans for $10 million in new funding for PAsmart, the state program that specializes in training non-traditional students in the in-demand skills to fill openings in trade fields. Wolf suggested the program will help returning veterans get the training they need to rejoin the workforce. Read more.

Hundreds Of Strangers Sending Birthday Cards To Local Veteran: 

Joseph Leonard Gravish, a veteran from Schuylkill County is turning 99 years old and hundreds of strangers are doing something to make his day extra special. "I am just happy that I made it to 99," said Gravish. Read more.

PCN To Air Three Days Of Opioid Awareness Programming: 

PCN is airing three nights (March 18-20) of FREE programs on opioid addiction and treatment with PCN original programs and public affairs presentations. The call-in program opens up a live dialogue between experts and viewers to discuss current issues important to Pennsylvania. Watch on cable, the PCN App, or online at pcntv.com. All programs will be available to watch on demand. Visit pcntv.com/opioids to see the schedule.

Pennsylvania Airman Accounted For From World War II: 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced recently that U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer, 22, of Pottstown, (Montgomery County), killed during World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 20, 2018. Read more.

Pennsylvania Pilot Accounted For From World War II: 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced recently that U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Howard T. Lurcott, 26, of Philadelphia, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Jan. 28, 2019. Read more.

Service Held At Washington Crossing National Cemetery Gives Honor To Veterans Who Died Alone: 

Their final salute and military honors comes from military brethren who converge on the sprawling Bucks County cemetery every month to carry out a solemn ritual, paying homage to members of the military who died alone. Read more.

Woman Gives Back To Veterans In Unique Way: 

Julie Singer of Hollidaysburg (Blair County) the daughter of an Army and National Guard veteran, was taught at a young age to be a proud American. "I remember growing up when I was little, I have two sisters and each one of us had a turn to go to work with dad, so we would get to go to the Armory and just hang out for a day and look at the tanks and jeeps and everything. It just, I don't know...I'm just very grateful for our veterans and that's just instilled in me," says Singer. Read more.

Governor Tom Wolf Honors American Legion Posts Statewide: 

Nine American Legion posts across western Montgomery, eastern Berks, and northern Chester counties, as well as dozens of others throughout Pennsylvania, will be publicly recognized and honored by the state during September under a proclamation scheduled to be issued Friday (March 15, 2019) by Governor Tom Wolf. Read more.

 Across the Nation 

2019 National Vietnam War Veterans Day: 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) along with the veterans they serve, want to thank the country’s more than six-and-a-half million living Vietnam veterans and their families.Two years ago, President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act into law. That Act designates every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Read more.

Building Trust With Women Veterans: 

Women make up about 10 percent of the veteran population in the United States and are one of the fastest growing groups of veterans. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has pledged to be more responsive as the population of women veterans, including those who are patients at many VA medical facilities across the country doubles. Read more.

Desert Storm Vets To Get Their Own Memorial: 

The National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial is one step closer to becoming a reality in the nation’s capital. A site dedication ceremony was held recently at its location near the Lincoln Memorial. Read more.

How Vets Get Free Tickets To Awesome Events: 

Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) teams up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, and venues to provide free and discounted tickets-to-active duty military and veterans. Their Hero's Wish initiative takes it even further, creating once in a lifetime experiences for wounded warriors and families of men and women killed in action. Read more.

John Mayer Launches Foundation Focused On Veterans: 

John Mayer is launching a foundation focused on improving the health of veterans through scientific research. The Grammy-winning singer recently announced The Heart and Armor Foundation, which plans to focus on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and meeting the emerging needs of women veterans. Read more.

March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month: 

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) supports veterans who are coping with injuries sustained during their service, including invisible wounds like traumatic brain injury (TBI). Follow DAV throughout the month as they share the signs of TBI and its prevalence in the military community. Making a difference starts with raising awareness. Follow DAV and share today. DAV Facebook.

President Donald Trump Signs The Executive Order To Empower Veterans And End Veteran Suicide: 

President Donald Trump recently signed the Executive Order to empower veterans and end veteran suicide. “Our mission is to mobilize every level of American society to save the lives of our great veterans and support our veterans in need,” the president said. Surrounded by veterans service organizations, state and local veteran leaders, and those who have lost a friend or family member to suicide, the president pledged his support. Read more.

Three Reasons Employers Should Apply For The #HireVets Medallion Award: 

The U.S. Department of Labor is accepting applications for the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program. The Award recognizes employers for their investments in recruiting, employing, and retaining U.S. military veterans. Here are three reasons you should apply: Read more.

Transition Program Helps Vets Find Their Mission After Service: 

When a friend asked Jeff McDonald to visit a new camp aimed at helping veterans transition to civilian life, the call could not have come at a better time. Read more.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affair (VA) Veterans Pension Eligibility: 

If you’re a wartime veteran who meets certain age or disability requirements, and your income and net worth are within certain limits, you may qualify for monthly payments through a VA Veterans Pension program. Find out if you can get this benefit. Read more.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loans For Veterans: 

VA loans allow veterans to purchase with some big-time benefits, including no down payment, no mortgage insurance, more flexible credit guidelines, and the industry’s lowest average interest rates. Watch video.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Selects 18 Medical Facilities To Start ‘High Reliability’ Journey: 

The VA announced the selection of 18 medical centers that will lead the way in the department’s efforts to transform the nation’s largest integrated health care system into a high reliability organization (HRO). Pioneered in highly complex environments, such as aviation and nuclear energy, HROs put procedures and protocols in place that maximize safety and minimize harm. Read more.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Struggles To Unlock The Reasons Behind High Suicide Rates Among Older Veterans: 

Much of the focus by the Veterans Health Administration has been on the growing number of younger veterans who commit suicide. However, statistics show that the suicide rate for elderly veterans is higher than that of non-veterans of the same age.
Read more.

Veterans Serving Veterans – U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Researchers Who Served: 

Dr. Erik von Rosenvinge, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is the chief of gastroenterology for the VA Maryland Health Care System. He has been the lead local investigator for a series of large multicenter studies, including one on colorectal cancer screening for veterans, and has authored or coauthored dozens of published papers. 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]

Six Crucial Job Search Tips From Vets, For Vets: 

Ever thought your military experience made you the perfect candidate for a job, only to apply and get nothing but radio silence on the other end? You’re not the first veteran to go through that, and you won’t be the last. Here are some tips to help you make it through the job-search process without losing your mind, courtesy of five veterans who have been there. Read more.

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!

Department Of Labor And Industry Hiring Veterans Employment Reps. 1 And 2: 

As a veterans' employment representative 1, you will serve as a disabled veterans' outreach program specialist (DVOP) in a PA CareerLink career center. You will provide employment services to disabled veterans as well as veterans facing significant barriers to employment. Working as a DVOP, you can take pride in helping fellow veterans find and keep meaningful employment, and you can make a significant and positive difference in the lives of veterans in your community. Apply now!

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!

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 some of the positions that DMVA is currently hiring for. We have employment opportunities in several counties throughout Pennsylvania! Visit the state employment website.

Operation Boots To Business: 

- March 27-28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
- Building 842 Sumner Rd., SFL-TAP Media Center, Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County), left hand side of the Commissary end of the sidewalk.
- Point of contact: Army Community Service Transition Assistance Program at 717-245-3684 or 717-962-5342; to register please call 717-245-3684 or 717-961-2060
- You must be a transitioning service member, military spouses, or veteran who is interested in starting a business. There are 50 seats for those who are interested in participating in the workshop. You will learn if starting a business is right for you, if your business idea is feasible and much more.

Veterans’ Expo And Job Fair – York: 

- March 26, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Rd., York, PA (York County)
- Any questions please call 717-285-1350.
- The Veterans’ Expo connects active and retired military members of all ages and their families with the benefits and resources available to them. Covering everything from home improvement, legal services, finance, retirement living and insurance. The Job Fair will also provide an opportunity for veterans and employers to meet face-to-face to discuss available positions. Workshops and seminars will be offered on relevant topics.
- Website.

Student Veterans Career Conference: 

- March 27, 2019, 1-7 p.m.
- Villanova University, Connelly Center, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA (Montgomery and Delaware counties)
- Point of contact: email Mike Brown at [email protected] 
- The goal of this conference is to bring together students, recent graduates, and leaders in the veteran space to discuss veteran employment, career transition, and offer up networking opportunities. Tangible tools for attendees, provided. This event is sponsored by Villanova University, and The Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network. Event is FREE!
- Register.

Waste Management Hiring Drivers And Mechanics In North Huntindgdon, PA: 

- March 28, 2019, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- 310 Leger Rd., North Huntingdon, PA (Westmoreland County)
- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information.
- Sign-on bonuses of up to $7,000 are available.
- Apply.

Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair: 

- March 28, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St., Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County)
- For more information contact Jeffrey Hanks at 717-962-5342 or email [email protected] 
- Bring your resume and dress for success! Network with over 100 central PA and nationwide businesses in all career fields!
- Register.


 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 RA-VA-N[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.)

Round Table: 

- March 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
- Vietnam Veterans of America, Michael J. Novosel Medal of Honor Capital Chapter, 542, 8000 Derry St., Harrisburg, PA. (Dauphin County)
- For further information, please call 717-545-2336 or email [email protected] 
- Read more.

Veterans’ Expo And Job Fair – York : 

- March 26, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Rd., York, PA (York County)
- Any questions please call 717-285-1350.
- The Veterans’ Expo connects active and retired military members of all ages and their families with the benefits and resources available to them. Covering everything from home improvement, legal services, finance, retirement living and insurance. The Job Fair will also provide an opportunity for veterans and employers to meet face-to-face to discuss available positions. Workshops and seminars will be offered on relevant topics.
- Website.

Blood Drive: 

- March 15, 2019, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
- Butler VA Health Care System, 353 N. Duffy Rd., 2nd Floor Lobby, Butler, PA (Butler County)
- Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter "ButlerVA" to schedule an appointment.
- Breakfast items from Panera will be available to donors while supplies last. Each donor will receive a t-shirt while supplies last.
- Facebook Event.

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.

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 

- March 17, 2019, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
- American Legion Post 527, 103 West Braddock Ave., Braddock, PA (Allegheny County)
- R.S.V.P. at least two days in advance to 412-623-9029 or [email protected]. Please mention DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.
- This breakfast is FREE. 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.

REBOOT – Combat Recovery From Moral Injury: 

- Will take place every Thursday from March 21-June 6, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
- James A. Danner VFW Post 537, 1095 Pines Rd., Goldsboro, PA (York County)
- Point of contact: email Doug Wahl at [email protected] or call 717-649-4479.
- Free training, meal, and childcare. REBOOT focuses on healing the spiritual injuries of war. This fresh approach includes topic-based instruction, class discussions, homework, group exercises and a family-style meal in its weekly format.
- Register.

Coffee And Camaraderie: 

- Fourth Friday of every month, starting on March 22, 2019, at 9 a.m.
- Heisey’s Diner, 1740 PA-72, Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- Reserve your spot by calling 717-272-8317 or email [email protected].
- Share a free cup of coffee, your stories, and friendship with other veterans of the Lebanon Valley. All veterans are welcome. Feel free to order breakfast, but at your own expense. For those in need, breakfast sponsorships are available.

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 

- March 26, 2019, 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. at least two days in advance, 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.

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.

Free Sandwich For Vietnam Veterans – Mission BBQ: 

- March 29, 2019, all day.
- Mission BBQ, 5045 Jonestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- Free sandwich for Vietnam Vets for National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Thanks for your service, Vietnam Veterans. When your country called, you answered. You are our heroes every day. Please enjoy a FREE sandwich with our gratitude.

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 

- March 29, 2019, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
- Comfort Inn Conference Center, 699 Rodi Rd., Penn Hills, PA (Allegheny County).
- R.S.V.P. at least two days in advance to 412-623-9029 or email [email protected]. Please mention DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.
- Breakfast is $12. Without breakfast is free.
- 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.

Vietnam War Commemoration Program: 

- March 29, 2019, 9 a.m., doors open at 8 a.m.
- KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact [email protected] or call 215-737-2311
- Recognition ceremony for Vietnam veterans. All Vietnam Veterans will receive a welcome home pin. Seating is limited so please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible.

Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony: 

- March 29, 2019, 2-4 p.m.
- American Legion Post 217, 133 Centre Ave., Topton, PA (Berks County)
- Please join us along with U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, as we recognize, thank and honor our Vietnam War veterans.


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.

Veteran's Resource Fair: 

- March 30, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- East McKeesport Community Center, 539 Chicora Ave., East McKeesport, PA (Allegheny County)
- Any questions contact Jessica at 412-823-9687 or email [email protected] 
- Organizations across the Pittsburgh Area coming to one place to help veterans get the help and information they need. Meet local officials, representatives for organizations such as the VFW Post 8430, Vet Center, Marine Corps League #797, Marine Corps Transition Readiness Counselor, Duquesne University, Veteran’s Leadership Program and more.

Women Veterans Empowered And Thriving: 

- March 31, 2019, 2 p.m.
- Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory Arts Center, 25 W. 3rd St., #300, Bethlehem, PA (Lehigh County)
- Do your part by Giving back to veterans to thank them for their service.
- Facebook event.

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