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Veteran's Affairs

Posted on: March 21, 2019

[ARCHIVED] News for veterans from around the state and nation

 DMVA News 

Adjutant General Participates In Tree Planting Ceremony To Honor Fallen Pennsylvania Heroes: 

Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, participated in a tree planting ceremony to honor fallen service members in the Philadelphia region. Attended by Gold and Blue Star families, the event was held at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Read more.

Emotional Send-Off As National Guardsmen Prepare To Deploy Overseas: 

Hundreds of friends and family gathered near Milton (Northumberland County) to send off their troops who will be deployed overseas for a year. "Our people are heading off to eastern Europe to take part in NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence mission, a mission that was established after the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014," said Lt. Col. Mark O'Neill, Pennsylvania National Guard. Watch video.

PennDOT Announces New Vehicle Registration Plates: 

Recent legislation allows the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to now offer new types of vehicle registration plates to its customers. Five of the new plates offer recognition for veterans, with two special funds plates and a historic military vehicle registration plate. Fifteen dollars of the Honoring Our Women Veterans registration plate's $35 cost goes to the Veterans' Trust Fund to be used for programs and resources that assist women veterans. The Veterans' Trust Fund is administered by DMVA. Read more.

President Of Lithuania Visits PA Guard Headquarters: 

The Pennsylvania National Guard was proud to host the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite and other Lithuanian senior officials during a presidential visit to the installation and headquarters recently. The delegation was greeted by Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, and other Pennsylvania National Guard senior leaders. Read more.

Senior PA Guard Leaders Visit Injured Soldiers At Warrior Transition Unit: 

Senior leaders from the PA National Guard visited injured soldiers undergoing medical treatment at Fort Belvoir, Virginia recently. The contingent, led by Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, spent the day at the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU), where Soldiers with varying injuries sustained while serving our nation are treated and healed. Read more.

 Around the State 

As Organization Turns 100, American Legion Faces Challenges: 

World War I ended less than a half-year earlier when, on March 15–17, 1919, delegates convened a caucus, held in France, with the intent of forming a support organization for members of the American Expeditionary Forces and other veterans of the era. 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 issued March 15, 2019, by Governor Tom Wolf. Read more.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs To Build State-Of-The-Art Service Dog Campus In Pittsburgh: 

Over the course of its nine years, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (GAMSD) has grown into one of the largest service dog organizations in the nation. They raise, train, advocate for, and donate these incredible medical service dogs, specifically trained to perform tasks for disabled veterans, first-responders and civilians. Read more.

Lebanon VA Medical Center Suicide Prevention: 

Veterans, family members, and care providers can initiate a free and confidential conversation with an experienced and caring U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responder by calling the Veterans Crisis Line. Read more.

New Pennsylvania License Plates Honor Women Veterans, Combat Distracted Driving: 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has unveiled a handful of new license plates, which include more ways to honor veterans and raise money for distracted driving education. Read more.

Nurse From Lackawanna County Killed In Vietnam – Keeping The Legacy Of Carol Ann Drazba Alive: 

When you think of the Vietnam War, the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives probably come to mind. Yet, many women served too as nurses. In fact, one of the first women killed during the Vietnam War was from Dunmore (Lackawanna County). Read more.

Penn Researcher, Congressman Want Better Records, Medical Care For Burn Pit Exposure Overseas: 

A Penn researcher who served in the military is trying to get the Veterans Administration to revamp its burn pits registry. A federal lawmaker is working on the effort too. Watch video.

State Sen. Laughlin to Host Veterans Resource, Job Expo in Erie: 

State Sen. Dan Laughlin is teaming up with the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial and the offices of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey to connect veterans and their families with valuable community resources. The 2019 Veterans Resource and Job Expo is set for Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center at Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St., Erie. The expo is free and open to all veterans, no matter their branch of service or when they served. Watch video.

Two Men Drive Hours To Honor Camp Hill Veteran: 

Driving all morning long from Michigan, two men stopped in Camp Hill (Cumberland County) recently. A quick stop with a whole lot of meaning to honor a humble veteran. "I didn't really do anything that would warrant you to be said, you're a hero," said veteran James Massey. But Massey's 20-plus years in the Army, the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Army Reserve suggests otherwise. Watch video.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System's 2018 Annual Report: 

We are pleased to share with you VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s 2018 annual report, which is now available online. We were honored to meet the health care needs of more than 75,000 veterans last year, and we look forward to continuing with that sacred mission throughout 2019. Read more.

VIA Donated To Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic: 

The Veterans Committee of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (Bucks County), each year, searches for military charities that support local military members or veterans and their families. One of this year’s six recipients is the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more.

 Across the Nation 

About 21,000 Troops Booted So Far Under ‘Deploy Or Get Out’ Policy: 

About 21,000 nondeployable troops have been forced out of the ranks since the Defense Department’s “deploy or get out” policy began last summer, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced recently. “A key element of strengthening our military and increasing lethality is ensuring our warfighters achieve established physical, mental and security vetting standards,” he told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the fiscal 2020 budget request. Read more.

Calling All Artists: 

The contest to design the Veterans Day National Committee's 2019 Veterans Day poster is now underway. For complete information and details on how to submit visit the website. The deadline for all submissions is April 1, 2019. Read more.

Euclid Man's Operation S.T.A.T. Helping Veterans: 

Operation S.T.A.T., a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help heal the spirits of hospitalized veterans, had an accidental beginning. In 2010, founder Adam Cook of Euclid, Ohio wanted to host a motorcycle run to benefit a local military organization. Read more.

The PTSD Coach App – Help Is At Your Fingertips: 

If you're experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), remember that you're not alone. According to the National Center for PTSD, eight million people have PTSD in the U.S. Read more.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) On Path To Cure 100,000 Veterans Of Hepatitis C: 

The VA announced it is on track to eliminate the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in as few as two months, in all veterans willing and able to be treated. As of March 3, nearly 116,000 veterans started all-oral hepatitis C medications in VA, of which 96,654 veterans completed treatment and have been cured. 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]

Abraxas Is Hiring: 

Abraxas Youth and Family Services is a national leader in the operation of residential treatment facilities and community-based programs for troubled youth and their families. Abraxas is hiring in several locations throughout the commonwealth. They are hiring case manager, clinician, driver, teachers, treatment supervisors and youth direct care (2nd and 3rd shift). Must be 21 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. For questions, contact Olga Castillo at 610-913-8000, ext. 339. Apply.

Adidas Is Hiring In Wilkes-Barre (Luzerne County): 

Adidas empowers its people to be the best they can be. At the Adidas Wilkes-Barre Distribution Center you will work with world-class machinery and state-of-the-art automated processes. Exceptional benefits include: competitive pay, comprehensive health, dental, vision insurance, 401(k), generous time off and employee discounts. Apply.

Applying For Most In-demand State, County Jobs Now Easier: 

The Governor Tom Wolf Administration has made applying for hundreds of state and county civil service jobs easier. People will now use an improved online application process rather than travel to a regional center to take an exam. "Going to a civil service test center can be a challenge for many job seekers, especially those who are currently employed, rely on public transportation or require an accommodation," said Secretary of Administration Michael Newsome. Read more.

Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA): 

ESC, Inc. is seeking an individual to serve as family readiness support assistant for commands within the Army National Guard throughout the states and territories. Apply.

GasSearch Drilling Services Is Hiring: 

GasSearch Drilling Services Corporation (GDS) was founded in 2006 and is a subsidiary company of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. GDS is based in Montrose, PA (Susquehanna County) and offers a full line of dirt construction, water hauling, trucking and roustabout services in support of the natural gas industry. Apply.

Hertz Is Hiring: 

Hertz is hiring at the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton airports. Apply to the position first and follow up by sending an email to Erica Schwarz at [email protected] to guarantee priority consideration. 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 spouse, 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 [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.)

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

- March 27, 2019, 2-7 p.m.
- 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Armory, 2239 School St., Mt. Pleasant Township (Westmoreland County)
- The event is open to anyone who has an interest in joining the Pennsylvania National Guard and wants to learn more about the benefits and commitments of being in the Guard.
- Read more.

Department Of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Wilkes-Barre Hosts Community Town Hall Meeting: 

- March 21, 2019, 5 p.m.
- Trade & Transit Center II, 144 W. 3rd St., Williamsport, PA (Lycoming County), the Center will validate parking for the 3rd St. Parking Deck.
- Questions and media inquiries, please contact William Klaips at 570-830-7042
- Veterans, family members, community stakeholders and the public are invited to attend the open forum discussion with the leadership of the VAMC Wilkes-Barre. Veterans Affairs employees will be on-hand to assist with information on available services. The media has been invited to attend and may be present during the meeting. This is a public meting.

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.

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.

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.

Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony: 

- March 29, 2019, 3-4 p.m.
- American Legion Post 217, 133 Centre Ave., Topton, PA (Berks County)
- Please join along with U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, to recognize, thank and honor our Vietnam War veterans.

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.

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.

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.

Night For Vets Event Lehigh Valley IronPigs: 

- April 4, 2019, 7:05 p.m.
- Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, PA (Lehigh County)
- The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are honoring veterans by giving them and family members tickets at the window any day leading up until April 4, 2019, as supplies last. The tickets were donated by various companies in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Each ticket comes with $5 ballpark credit on it and the IronPigs will be honoring veterans in between innings. Please come for a night out to celebrate veterans.
- Website.

Operation Tohidu Is Hosting A Women’s Retreat: 

- April 15-19, 2019
- Email Travis Rahill at [email protected] for more information
- Operation Tohidu is hosting a women’s retreat for former or current cultural support team and female engagement team members in partnership with the Service Women’s Action Network. This is a FREE program and transportation to the retreat location in southern Maryland will be paid for. There are currently seven spots available. Be sure to mention the retreat in the “why I would like to attend” portion of the application.
- To register go to Our Website.

Pennsylvania’s 2019 Annual Suicide Prevention Conference: 

- May 1-2, 2019
- 800 E. Park Dr., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- You are invited to participate in a conference designed to meet the needs of professionals, survivors and interested parties who would like to know more about suicide prevention, intervention, and meeting the needs of suicide survivors. This conference is sponsored by PA Department of Human Services – OMHSAS (Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services) and Drexel University College of Medicine.
- Register.


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