PA DMVA Digest 5 July 2018
A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Of Interest in southwestern PA
Efforts Continue To Reduce Veteran Suicides:
Despite their efforts to reach out and help veterans in crisis, the suicide rate among veterans remains about 20 a day, said a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) official in Pittsburgh. “It's very disturbing. We want to make sure we do all we can to save a life. It's going to take a community to do that,” said Karin McGraw, medical center director for the VA in Pittsburgh. Read more.
Honor Flight Pittsburgh:
Through generous donations, Honor Flight Pittsburgh recognizes our American War Veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by transporting them via deluxe motor coach to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. Honor Flight Pittsburgh is currently taking applications from WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. Apply.
Unity's Zamosky Elected President Of Pennsylvania County Veteran Affairs Offices:
Matt Zamosky of Unity (Westmoreland County) was named to head the state organization that represents county veteran affairs offices. Zamosky, 51, was elected this week and will serve a two-year term as president of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Directors of Veterans. Read more.
Veterans Free Training Information Session Allegheny East:
- July 6, 2018, 9-11 a.m.
- PA CareerLink® Allegheny East, 2040 Ardmore Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- Point of contact: Melissa Handlovitch at 412-436-2225 or email MHandlovit@pa.gov
- All veterans and eligible spouses are welcome. SolidVets, a non-profit, veteran-operated agency has FREE training available for veterans seeking credentials in CAD design in the manufacturing industry. Additional manufacturing education providers will be in attendance. This is not a job fair or table event.
Women Veterans Town Hall And Expo:
The Governor’s Advisory Council for Veterans Services (GAC-VS), led by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, hosted a Women Veterans Town Hall and Expo on June 30 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA. Event presenters spoke about the various county, state and federal programs and services available to veterans, and representatives from multiple state offices and organizations were in attendance to provide information and assistance at their booths. Visit the Flickr album.
Photos From DMVA's Homes Week 2018:
In case you missed it, Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs' six veterans homes celebrated the 27th annual Veterans Homes Week, June 10-16, 2018. The week-long event honors residents, staff, families and volunteers and featured many activities ranging from a Father's Day Luncheon to outdoor festivals with song and dance. As always, food played a major role! To see PHOTO ALBUMS from each home, visit the: DMVA Flickr page and choose one of the six Homes Week albums.
Submit A Veteran Job Or Event For Inclusion In The DMVA Digest:
As a service to Pennsylvania’s veteran community, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is committed to sharing notices from employers who are interested in hiring veterans as well as sharing information about veteran or military-oriented events being held in Pennsylvania, via the DMVA DIGEST. We encourage you to submit your event or employment opportunity for consideration to be included in the weekly Digest. To submit an employment opportunity, please email application details to RA-VA-Newsletter@pa.gov. To submit an upcoming veteran or military-oriented event being held in Pennsylvania, please email RA-VA-Newsletter@pa.gov with the following details: 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 (required fee to attend, pre-registration, etc.).
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Needs 27 Photos Of Pennsylvania Heroes Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice:
Help honor the men and women from Pennsylvania who paid the ultimate sacrifice as a result of the Vietnam War. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is working with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. to locate the final 27 photos from six different Pennsylvania counties needed for the Virtual Wall of Faces. For information on how to submit a photo, please visit Read more.
Around the State
Ceremony Honors Boyertown's Gen. Carl A. Spaatz:
It's fairly well known that Gen. Carl A. Spaatz, a Boyertown (Berks County) native, was a pioneer of air warfare and architect of strategic bombing that many believe was a decisive factor in America and its allies winning World War II. Just how important a role Spaatz played became even more apparent in a video shown at a tribute in Boyertown's State Theater. Read more.
Civil Air Patrol Cadets Visit The 193rd Special Operations Wing:
Civil Air Patrol cadets visited the 193rd Special Operations Wing to meet airmen and tour the facilities. The visit was coordinated as part of a week-long Pennsylvania Wing Encampment training event that was held at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County). Read more.
Operation Heroes Veteran Resource Center And Food Pantry:
- Allentown location: 1628 Chew St., Allentown, PA (Lehigh County)
- Topton location: 330 West Weist St., Topton, PA (Berks County)
- Point of contact: 610-682-4376 or 610-780-3500
- Operation Heroes Veteran Resource Center specializes in veteran outreach. They will assist any veteran with housing and financial obstacles, food and clothing provision, insurance assistance, navigating U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs and services, and veteran related events and meetings. Active military and veterans can call the number above to schedule appointments or to learn more. Sponsored by the Jarett Yoder Foundation.
PAsmart Invests $10 Million In Apprenticeships, Job Training:
To develop a stronger workforce pipeline, by 2025, Governor Tom Wolf has set a goal of increasing the number of workers with training after high school from 47 percent today to 60 percent, as well as doubling the number of registered apprentices. “After restoring education funding over the past four years to get children started on the right path, this investment for PAsmart will help to build a first in the nation workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “PAsmart is the next step in my efforts to strengthen the economy, build a thriving business climate, and ensure Pennsylvania residents have access to good paying, middle class jobs.” To get information about pursing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life visit Read more.
Peters Installed As PA VFW’s State Junior Vice Commander:
Bradford County resident Ronald J. Peters was elected as the Pennsylvania Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars’ state junior vice commander. The VFW installed its officers for the 2018-19 program year during the organization’s recent state convention. Read more.
Social Enterprise Institute At Elizabethtown Colloege Is Looking For Veteran Gardeners:
Do you have experience gardening? Is it a hobby or a profession? The Social Enterprise Institute at Elizabethtown College is conducting research this summer and would like to interview PA veterans interested in gardening. If you would like to participate, please contact student researcher, Kira Kuhar at email@example.com.
Across the Nation
25 Programs Bringing Veterans Into The New Food Movement:
In honor of the Fourth of July, Food Tank is celebrating military veterans by highlighting 25 organizations around the United States that help veterans transition to healthy, meaningful civilian lives in agriculture. By providing a roadmap to a career in farming, these companies, NGOs, and universities are helping veterans translate their skills and discipline from the military to the equally important mission of producing the nation’s food supply. Read more.
Changes Coming To Survivors’ And Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program:
Effective Aug. 1, 2018, the entitlement available under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance program will be reduced from 45 months to 36 months, but in October, the monthly allowance for eligible recipients will increase. These changes, part of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, aka “Forever GI Bill,”were passed by Congress last summer. Read more.
Get Your U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Record Quickly And Easily:
You can get your VA health information whenever and wherever you have a computer or mobile device and an Internet connection with a My HealtheVet Premium account. My HealtheVet is VA's online personal heath record for veterans that empowers you to become an informed partner in your health care. Having access to information from your VA health record can help you manage your health, avoid medical errors, and save time. Read more.
Marine Brings Home Bombing-Sniffing Dog He Served With in Afghanistan:
A reunion years in the making was finally completed as U.S. Marine Nick Montez brought home Mally, a bomb-sniffing dog he served with while in Afghanistan. Montez returned to Lewistown, Idaho on June 26 with his companion in hand, ready to give his dog a loving family home where she can peacefully spend the rest of her life. Read more.
My Health E-Vet – Cancer Diagnosing And Preventing:
Cancer is linked to genetics, the environment, your age and pure chance. Since most cancers show no symptoms, regular screenings for cancer are highly encouraged. These screenings increase your likelihood of catching cancer early when it's easier to treat and cure. Even though cancer is a general term referring to more than 200 different diseases, there are three common types to be aware of: Read more.
Over 50 Women Veterans Groups Are Meeting In Atlanta To Form A New coalition:
Women veterans are the quickest growing population of veterans, and they have specific needs that must be met. Now, a sort of “super group” of female-centric veteran organizations is forming to help bring those issues to the limelight. Read more.
PGA Hope Puts Veterans In The Swing Of Things:
Pete Mittelstaedt lines up his wheels to line up his putt. Ray Martinez is hoping his softball-like swing magically corrects itself. Carissa DiPietro just wants to improve at a sport that is helping her get better. The three are among almost four dozen veterans who spend Monday afternoons at Oakwood Park Golf Course in suburban Milwaukee as part of PGA Hope, a six-week program that provides veterans with instruction, course access and adaptive equipment, if needed. Read more.
Researchers Help Veterans At Risk Of Suicide Build Mutual Support Network:
When Jesse Brown thinks back on his life, there’s a sharp dividing line around that grim day in September 2001 when terror struck the U.S. “Before 9-11, I was happy. I was good.” Brown, then with the New York Army National Guard’s 145th Maintenance Company out of Staten Island, took part in search and rescue at ground zero. He took in nightmarish scenes of victims in the rubble. Read more.
Sleep Disturbances Common In National Guard Soldiers After Deployment:
National Guard soldiers may be plagued with sleep problems when they return home from the battlefield, according to a small study. For the new analysis, published online in Sleep Health, researchers first surveyed 928 veterans on National Guard bases in Hawaii and New Mexico who had been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or other war zones. More than 90 percent were male. Read more.
Staying Fit In The Summer Heat:
You don't have to let summer's blazing sun, heat and humidity stop you from doing your exercise and other activities outside. By taking time to plan, you can enjoy a safe and healthy experience. Exercising outdoors in the summer sun allows your body to benefit from the sunshine, but your body needs about two weeks to get adjusted to the hot and humid conditions. Read more.
U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Releases State-Level Veteran Suicide Data, National Strategy For Preventing Veteran Suicide:
VA released state-level veteran suicide data today as a follow-up to its 2015 National Suicide Data Report, which was released on June 18. Alongside the state data sheets, VA also published the National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide, a strategic framework for the nation’s collective efforts to prevent veteran suicide over the next decade. Read more.
Understanding The Link Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) And Substance Use Disorders In Veterans:
A veteran may be diagnosed with PTSD when they’ve been exposed to a traumatic event such as witnessing actual or near death situations, the loss of someone close to them, significant threats to their own or another’s life, and other events that could induce intense fear, helplessness and horror. Read more.
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: RA-VA-Newsletter@pa.gov
Put Your Military Experience To Work In Pennsylvania:
Returning to civilian life? Starting a second career? Looking for an employer that values active National Guard and Reserve service? Bring the unique experience and personal qualities you developed in the military and continue your work in public service with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! Read more.
Pennsylvania Civil Service Jobs:
The Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission regularly posts available job openings. Veterans looking to match their work experience with the right career in civil service should visit the website to check out the open positions and testing information. Read more.
Openings With The Pennsylvania National Guard:
The Pennsylvania National Guard has jobs to fill. If you currently serve in the Guard and are interested in career opportunities available to you, go to Read more.
Veterans: Find your fit in the federal government by exploring employment opportunities. This site will allow you to create a profile, upload your resume, and apply for federal positions that match your skill set. Read more.
Adams County Is Hiring For Deputy Director Of Veterans' Affairs:
The deputy director of veterans' affairs position provides advice and assistance concerning benefits, entitlement and services to veterans and their families through planning and organizing the daily operations of the department in compliance with applicable local, state and federal guidelines and regulations. Additional duties as required by the director of veterans’ affairs. Read more.
Careers In Farming:
Teaching veterans to farm is promising both for the American military and for the American food system. These projects are not only helping veterans succeed in feeding and protecting their families and communities, they are also helping to build a brighter and more resilient food system for us all. Read more.
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-Newsletter@pa.gov 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 Exhibit Will Make A Stop In Birdsboro, PA (Berks County):
- The Wall That Heals exhibit, July 5-8, 2018
- Daniel Boone High School, 501 Chestnut St., Birdsboro, PA (Berks County)
- The new Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and mobile Education Center that gives visitors a better understanding of the legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War. The event is being hosted by the American Legion Post 626 Auxiliary.
- For a schedule of the events and to R.S.V.P. visit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website.
- Facebook page.
Veterans’ First Fridays – Disability And Employment:
- July 6, 2018, 1-3 p.m.
- PA CareerLink® Downtown Pittsburgh, 304 Wood St., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- Point of contact: Melissa Handlovitch at 412-552-7100 or email MHandlovit@pa.gov
- Registration is required and seating is limited. All veterans and eligible spouses are welcome. Employers seeking veterans with disabilities will discuss their hiring process and programs. Guest speakers will provide information on disability status, self-identification, talking about disability in the hiring process and more.
Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony:
July 7, 2018, 10 a.m.
- Daniel Boone Area High School, 501 Chestnut St., Birdsboro, PA (Berks County)
- Point of contact: Susan Shern at 717-791-5104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The American Legion Auxiliary Post 626 and Humana are hosting a Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony in Birdsboro. All who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War period – from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location are invited to attend and receive a special lapel pin as a lasting memento of the nation’s gratitude. The congressionally-authorized Vietnam War Commemoration initiative was established by the U.S. Department of Defense to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
Welcome Home Veterans Appreciation Event:
- July 13, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
- Erie Zoo, 423 W. 38th St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- Tickets for the annual Welcome Home Veterans Appreciation Event at the Erie Zoo are available and free to veterans (four available per veteran). In addition to providing fun for the whole family, this event is a one-stop-shop for veterans and their families to meet with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) representatives on-site and veteran-related community resources to help connect veterans to the right services.
- Facebook page.
- Ticket pickup locations.
Introduction To Whole Health Class:
- Second and fourth Friday of every month, 9-11 a.m.
- Erie VA Medical Center, 135 East 38th St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- Point of contact: Will Lachner at 814-860-2447
- Whole Health coaches are available to help recently discharged veterans and their families work through challenges that arise from transitioning from military service by equipping them with tools for self-care and well-being. Family members are highly encouraged to attend.