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Posted on: September 5, 2019

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DMVA Digest
A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
September 4, 2019

A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs


Military Share/Food Bank Sign Ups In Greensburg: 

- Sept. 10, 2019 6-8 p.m. Sept. 14, 2019 10 a.m.-Noon
- Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, 350 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA (Westmoreland County)
- Questions contact Maxine at 724-289-7215
- Are you a veteran or active duty service member, or a family member of either? If you live in the Greensburg area you may be eligible to receive three boxes of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food through the Military Share program. Bring your driver's license or state ID and your DD214 or active/retired military ID, VA card or VFW lifetime card. Food pick up will be Sept. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 1011 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Greensburg, PA. You MUST pre-register. No walk-ins.

 DMVA News 

DMVA Highlights County Directors Of Veterans Affairs Responsibilities: 

County Directors of Veterans Affairs provide veterans and their dependents direct assistance to identify, determine eligibility and assist in the preparation of applications for county, state and federal veterans benefits and programs. The county director is responsible for the payment of burial allowances and ensuring grave markers and headstones are properly requested and placed for each deceased county veteran. They also provide direct application for state programs like real estate tax exemption, veterans emergency assistance, blind and paralyzed pensions and education gratuity. Website.  Find Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs information here.

DMVA Still Looking For Three 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 three photos from Philadelphia County. For information on how to submit a photo Read more.

Gov. Wolf to Visit PA National Guard Troops, Memorialize Tree of Life Victims in Lithuania, Poland Trip: 

Governor Tom Wolf announced that he will travel to Lithuania and Poland to visit with Pennsylvania National Guard members deployed to both countries, meet with Lithuanian government and business leaders, and visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial to memorialize the victims of the October 2018 antisemitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Read more.

Roundtable Discussion On Veteran Suicides Includes DMVA: 

Suicide is considered an ever-growing problem among military veterans. An estimated 22 vets take their lives each day. It’s why DMVA as well as federal and state lawmakers joined a panel discussion recently in northeastern Pennsylvania to seek solutions. Read more.

Veterans Encouraged To Register For Benefits: 

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) appreciates the sacrifices made by all veterans and wants to see that everyone leaving the military receives every benefit they earned with their service to America. Read more.

 Around the State 

Army Veteran Nmed To Head County Veterans Affairs Office: 

The leadership transition has begun in the Indiana County Office of Veterans Affairs, where retiring director Brenda Stormer handed the reins over to Allen Lockard. Lockard, a veteran of the U.S. Army, lives in Indiana County with his wife, Candi, and their daughter, a student in the Indiana Area School District. His 23 years of Army service and his active participation in activities in support of veterans in Indiana County led him to the county veterans’ office. Read more.

How One College Student Helped ID 16 Unclaimed Military Veterans: 

The Chester County Coroner’s office wanted to know how many military veterans were among its 65 unclaimed dead in 2017. They gave college student Justine Newman the job to find out. Now her work will be shared with other area county coroner offices including Bucks County to help show them how. Read more.

Indiana University Of Pennsylvania (IUP) Programs Recognized For Providing Education To Veterans: 

Two IUP programs were recognized as the top in the nation for veterans. The criminology program was ranked seventh in the nation, and the English literature program was ranked in the top 15 percent of all English literature programs in the nation for veterans by the website College Factual. Read more.

Karma – Former Army Medic Saved By U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Employee: 

That man is going to die! He needs help! These thoughts rushed into Beverly Miller’s mind, while driving to work one day. She slammed on her brakes, threw the car into park, opened the door and ran towards him. The man, dressed in jogging attire, was lying face down on the road turning blue. Read more.

Making A Difference – Free Vacations In Tiny Homes For Veterans Suffering From PTSD: 

A new non-profit created by a Bedford County veteran will help the men and women who served our country heal through nature. In this week's making a difference, Ryan Decker, an Air Force Reserve veteran from Everett, is using his passion for woodworking so veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can go on free vacations in a beautiful part of rural Pennsylvania. Read more.

Penn State Schuylkill Teams With The Pennsylvania National Guard To Offer Continuing Education: 

Penn State Schuylkill has teamed up with the Pennsylvania National Guard to offer continuing education units to Pennsylvania National Guard members and state employees training in an efficiency program methodology known as Lean Six Sigma. Read more.

 Across the Nation 

Department Of Defense Establishes U.S. Space Command: 

At the direction of the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper established U.S. Space Command recently as the eleventh Unified Combatant Command. Gen. John W. Raymond is its Senate confirmed commander. “To ensure the protection of America’s interests in space we must apply the necessary focus, energy, and resources to the task – and that is exactly what Space Command will do,” said Secretary Esper. Read more.

Explore VA Career Pioneering Safe Pain Care At PAINWeek 2019: 

For people looking for a healthcare career pursuing pain management, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare recruiters are at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV now through Sept. 7, 2019 for PAINWeek. Read more.

Learn About Suicide Prevention: 

September is Suicide Prevention Month. This month and every month, you can be there for veterans. Suicide is a complex issue, but there are simple actions that anyone can take to support the veterans in their lives. Use these resources and information to learn more about what you can do to help. Read more.

Navy Veteran Visiting 50 States, Interviewing Gold Star Families To Remember The Fallen: 

For the past year, retired Navy Sr. Chief Petty Officer Keith Sherman has been on a mission collecting stories of the fallen from their families. Sherman, who served in the Navy for 26 years, has trekked across the U.S. with a tent attached to the roof of his car to meet and interview Gold Star families and relatives of service members who died in an active duty status. Read more.

Sailors Visit Oklahoma VA To Honor Veterans Who Came Before Them: 

Recently, the normal bustling activity at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Jack C. Montgomery Medical Center in Muskogee, Okla. came to a temporary standstill as the sound of military cadence approached the main entrance. Read more.

VA Says “Don’t Go it Alone” On International Overdose Awareness Day: 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs “Don’t Go it Alone” campaign continues the agency’s efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of overdosing and encourages veterans to get help. Read more.

Veteran Walks Across Country For Suicide Awareness: 

Veteran Tom Zurhellen was hoping to write a novel this summer. Instead, he’s walking 22 miles a day across the U.S. to raise awareness about veteran homelessness and suicide. Zurhellen is a Navy veteran who teaches English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Read more.

Welcome Home Fund For Vietnam Veterans: 

The Semper Fi Fund expanded its mission to care for veterans from all U.S. military service branches who've been catastrophically wounded, ill, or injured from combat operations in Vietnam. For more information, call 760-725-3680 or contact us at [email protected] or visit their Website.

 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]

ABARTA Coca-Cola Is Hiring Veterans: 

ABARTA Coca-Cola is currently recruiting for a few openings throughout PA and WV. ABARTA Coca-Cola is a family owned company and a division of ABARTA, a diversified third and fourth generation family business. For a list of open positions visit Website.

Governor Wolf – New Capital Funding Supports Job Creation, Business Expansion In Five PA Counties: 

Governor Tom Wolf announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) for six businesses in five counties. The loans will enable the purchase, construction, and renovation of facilities and equipment. The funding will help create and retain 184 jobs across the commonwealth. Read more.

Governor Wolf Announces Snack Food Manufacturer Expansion To York County: 

Governor Tom Wolf announced that That’s How We Roll, LLC, a baked dessert snacks manufacturer, will expand its operations to York County, creating 50 new jobs. Read more.

Program Connects Homeless Veterans To Employment Initiatives: 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness recently met to promote housing stability and employment opportunities for veterans. This partnership led to the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program which provides veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with the comprehensive support they need to obtain and maintain gainful employment. Read more.

UPS Job Opportunities (Lackawanna County): 

- The UPS facility in Throop is hiring a GBS Collections Associate.
- 700 Keystone Industrial Park, Throop, PA 18512. This is a finance and accounting services location.
- Any questions contact Jennifer Compton at 570-969-3394 or email [email protected] 
- All interested candidates must apply online at Website. Forwarded resumes will not be accepted. (Vacancies are listed as a Scranton, PA location on the website).

Veterans Temple Teacher Residency: 

Temple Teacher Residency is a teacher education program devoted to preparing diverse and highly-motivated individuals with strong mathematics and science subject knowledge to teach mathematics and/or science in high-need schools in the City of Philadelphia. There is an interest in working with veterans who see themselves fit in the program. Transform your love of STEM into a purposeful career! Apply to TTR today! Any questions please contact Dr. Amy Scallon at 215-204-1518 or email [email protected].

Waste Management Is Hiring Veterans: 

- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information
- Waste Management is hiring many different positions throughout the state of Pennsylvania and offering competitive sign-on bonuses! Waste Management has been recognized as best employer of veterans, by G.I. Jobs Top 100 and
- Apply.

Director Of Finance Young Marines: 

The Young Marines is seeking a motivated executive professional. Requirements: bachelor’s degree with commensurate executive level experience in management or finance is ideal; non-profit experience a plus; demonstrated experience of financial and accounting best practices; and ability to plan and manage complex federal and civilian budget processes in a fast-paced, complex, and geographically disbursed environment. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by Sept. 30, 2019. Applicants can email their packages to the Young Marines director of administration at [email protected]. Applications can be mailed to Young Marines National Headquarters, Attn: Director of Finance Search, 17739 Main St., Suite 250, Dumfries, VA 22026. The position is located at the Young Marines National Headquarters address and expected to start work in winter 2019.

PA Procurement Expo Job Fair: 

- Sept. 5, 2019, 1-3 p.m.
- PA Procurement Expo, Main Hall, Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- Email questions to [email protected] 
- Don’t miss this opportunity! The PA Procurement Expo is hosting a job fair with hundreds of employers on-site. Bring copies of your resume! Admission is FREE for job seekers. On-site registration is available.

FourBlock Veteran Career Readiness: 

- Sep. 10-Nov. 19, 2019, Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
- Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- For more information, email Eric Stetson at [email protected] 
- What makes FourBlock unique? FourBlock is shaping the future of veteran transition and veteran career readiness by inspiring veterans to achieve more after their military service. The community brings together top companies and high-potential veterans to foster better understanding of veterans in the nation’s leading employers and ensure that veterans are ready to pursue the best careers possible. This program is complimentary. Application is open to post-9/11 veterans, active duty, Reservists and National Guard who are pursuing or have obtained a bachelor's degree.
- Register.

MEETUP Veteran Entrepreneurship: 

- Sept. 11, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- LaunchBox at the GoogleWorks, 201 Washington St., Reading, PA (Berks County)
- Join for refreshments, hor d’oeuvres and an informational session to help guide you on your entrepreneurial path as a veteran. The session will feature multiple veteran speakers including veteran small business owners.
- Register.

Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair – Lebanon: 

- Sept. 12, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Lebanon Expo Center, 80 Rocherty Rd., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- Any questions please call 717-285-1350
- 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.

Workforce Innovation And Opportunity Act (WIOA) Is Offering A Training Opportunity Conducted By NuPaths: 

- Sept. 18, 2019-April 23, 2020, classes are every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6-9 pm.
- Training will take place at Harrisburg University (Dauphin County)
- Point of contact: Mark Cole at 717-920-1908 or [email protected] 
- WIOA is offering a training opportunity co-founded by Harrisburg University for security operations center analyst and network technician. The program costs $7,000 if eligible for WIOA funding, they will use the $5,500 plus a NuPaths scholarship provided by PA Smart Funding. If you are not eligible for WIOA funding, you will be provided with a scholarship but may still be responsible for tuition cost of up to $1,750.00.

 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.)

The Wall That Heals Comes To Plymouth (Luzerne County): 

- Sept. 5-8, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Wyoming Valley West Senior High School, 150 Wadham St., Plymouth, PA (Luzerne County)
- The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of The Wall in Washington, D.C. The exterior sides of the trailer that carries The Wall That Heals open to become a mobile Education Center.
- Website.

Prevent Suicide PA Fundraising Dinner: 

- Sept. 6, 2019, 6:30-10 p.m.
- Davio's Restaurant, 200 Main St., King of Prussia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- Join for a night of good food and drinks. Learn about Prevent Suicide PA’s efforts to combat suicide in the commonwealth and what you can do to support this great cause. Join in on a basket raffle with prizes from local businesses and sports teams. Ticket purchase includes a buffet style meal including salads and hors d’oeuvres, penne with San Marzano tomato and basil, Davio’s famous meatballs, and a variety of desserts. The first two drinks are included with admission.
- Tickets.

Suicide Prevention Walk & Candlelight Vigil: 

- Sept. 9, 2019, Noon
- Erie VAMC, 2nd floor pavilion, 135 E. 38th St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- For more information about suicide prevention, contact 814-860-2038
- Join for a walk and candlelight vigil to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Mobile Service Office: 

- Sept. 10, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- American Legion Post 338, 2200 Grasslyn Ave., Havertown, PA (Delaware County)
- Point of contact: Joseph Pinhak at 484-800-5582 or email [email protected] 
- The DAV MSO (Mobile Service Office) will be available on 9/10 at American Legion Post 338 in Havertown to provide information to any veteran who has questions about applying for service-based compensation/appeals due to service in wartime. This is free and available on a walk-in basis. Veterans do not need to be a member of the DAV or any other veteran’s organization to participate.

Community Mental Health Summit: 

- Sept. 10, 2019, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
- LVA and 7A141 (7th Floor), 3900 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- Point of contact: Lori Breen at 215-823-4260 or email [email protected] 
- Community partners and VA programs will be available to share information and to talk about how they can continue to improve the mental health of veterans and their family members at the resource fair portion of the event.

A 9/11 Remembrance And Patriot Day Recognition: 

- Sept. 11, 2019, 10 a.m.
- Erie VAMC, second floor conference rooms, 135 E. 38th St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- For more information about suicide prevention, call 814-860-2038
- Suicide prevention coordinators will be available to provide emotional support during the remembrance & recognition event.

PGA Hope: 

- Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2 and 9, 2019, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
- Bensalem Township Country Club, 2000 Brown Ave., Bensalem, PA (Bucks County)
- PGA REACH Philadelphia is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2018 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the 41 Sections within the PGA of America. PGA REACH Philadelphia is committed to serving communities and growing the game of golf through three pillars: youth, military, and diversity & inclusion.
- Register. 
- Website.

Annual Community Mental Health Summit: 

- Sept. 13, 2019, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Lebanon VA Medical Center, Building 37, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- Email C. Brubaker at [email protected] with any questions and/or cancellations.
- Building the Bridge recognizes that veteran-centered, recovery-oriented care requires both active and ongoing cooperation between veterans, caregivers, family members, community providers and VA providers. Join for education, collaborative discussion and roundtable sessions to further develop, strengthen and sustain working relationships. Register.

Lawrence County's 9th Annual Veterans Stand Down: 

- Sept. 13, 2019, Noon-3 p.m.
- Cascade Park, 1928 E. Washington St., New Castle, PA (Lawrence County)
- For more information please contact Jesse Putnam at 724-656-2172
- Serving homeless veterans, service members, their families, community members and families in need. Free medical screenings, hygiene products, a light meal and multiple organizations with resource information and referrals will be available.

Veterans Enrollment, Information And Wellness Expo: 

- Sept. 14, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Health Sciences Center, Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA (Montgomery County)
- For more information or questions contact Audrey Hall at 610-384-7711 ext., 2831 or email [email protected] 
- Veterans and their families are invited to learn about a variety of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services that you may be eligible for. You will have the opportunity to enroll for VA health care benefits on the spot. To enroll, bring a copy of your DD214, 2018 income, and out pocket medical expense totals.

PGA Hope: 

- Sept. 18, Oct. 2, 9 and 16, 2019, 3-5 p.m.
- Country Club of Harrisburg, 401 Fishing Creek Valley Rd., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- PGA REACH Philadelphia is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2018 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the 41 Sections within the PGA of America. PGA REACH Philadelphia is committed to serving communities and growing the game of golf through three pillars: youth, military, and diversity & inclusion.
- Website. 
- Register.

Legal And Domestic Relations Clinic: 

- Sept. 20, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Lebanon VA Medical Center, Building 37, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- For more information, please contact Carla Cyr at 717-304-1883
- Clinics are presented by the PA Bar Association, Lancaster County Domestic Relations and PA Board of Probation and Parole. Veterans with legal and/or domestic relations issues in ALL counties are welcome to attend.

Equines For Freedom Informational Event: 

- Sept. 21, 2019, 1 p.m.
- Gary Johnson Arena on the campus of Marley’s Mission, 2150 Port Royal Rd., Clarks Summit, PA (Lackawanna County)
- Point of contact: Heather Stage at 570-665-2483 or email [email protected] 
- An educational presentation about equine-assisted eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) will be followed by an opportunity to meet with and speak to members of the Equines for Freedom board of directors, treatment team and some graduates of the program willing to share their experiences. The mission of Equines For Freedom is to provide equine-assisted PTSD treatment to current and former U.S. service members and first responders regardless of the source of their trauma or their characterization of service, at no charge to the service member. Equines For Freedom is a 501c3 organization.

Blood Sweat Cheer Festival: 

- Sept. 29, 2019, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association, 4599 W. Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA (Delaware County)
- Blood Sweat Cheer festival is a family-friendly event filled with fitness, live music, kids activities, great food, and a variety of local vendors. The main goal of the festival is to raise funds for the Delaware County Veterans Memorial and its educational programs. Register and attend for the chance to win an all expenses paid vacation sponsored by Apple Vacations!
- Facebook page.

The Wall That Heals Comes To Indiana County: 

- October 10-13, 2019
- Mack Park Fairgrounds, 803 Hospital Rd., Indiana, PA (Indiana County)
- For more information, call the American Legion at 724-465-2326.
- The Wall That Heals honors over 58,000 service members who lost their lives defending the country during the Vietnam war. The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Inc. and The American Legion Post 141 are proud to bring this exhibit to Indiana, Pa.
- Website.

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