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Posted on: October 9, 2019

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Battlefield Acupuncture comes to VA Pittsburgh

"I have no pain." With those words, Air Force Veteran Nadine Stanford became the first patient at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System to complete a battlefield acupuncture (BFA) treatment. More...

 DMVA News 


PA National Guard Soldier To Compete At Department Of The Army Best Warrior Competition: 

Staff Sgt. Erich Friedlein, an instructor with 1st battalion, 166th Regiment, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, will compete against 10 other noncommissioned officers from the major commands for the title of the Army’s noncommissioned officer of the year. “The state has been very supportive, there’s been a five to six week train-up,” said Friedlein. Read more.


Veterans Temporary Assistance Administered By DMVA: 

Veterans Temporary Assistance is to provide temporary financial help to veterans and their beneficiaries who reside in Pennsylvania, for necessities of life, such as food, shelter, fuel and clothing. To qualify, you must be a person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States, who: Was discharged under honorable conditions after a period of active duty, other than active duty for training, as evidenced by a DD Form 214 or other official documentation; or died in service or was killed in action; or suffered a service-connected disability as certified by the United States Veterans’ Administration. Read more.


Now Accepting Veterans Day Event Submissions: 

In recognition of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is compiling a list of Veterans Day events around the state. Community organizers statewide are encouraged to submit event information to DMVA by Oct. 28, 2019, to be included in our weekly DMVA Digest. 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.).


 Around the State 


Battlefield Acupuncture Comes To VA Pittsburgh: 

"I have no pain." With those words, Air Force veteran Nadine Stanford became the first patient at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System to complete a battlefield acupuncture treatment. And more than that, she became its first success story. Read more.


CAT Offers Veterans Free Rides To Lebanon VA: 

Dauphin County Commissioners have partnered with Capital Area Transit to provide veterans free rides to the Lebanon U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center (Lebanon County). Shuttles leave from the Burger King at 3253 Paxton St. at 7:20 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive at the Lebanon VA by 8:30 a.m. Shuttles leave the VA at 12:30 p.m., and riders can be dropped at home or the Burger King. Read more.


Fewer Than Half Of Lehigh County Veterans Use VA Health Care, Lowest Rate In Pennsylvania: 

It’s rarely good to be in last place. That’s where Lehigh County stands compared to all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in the rate of veterans enrolled in VA health care. That means veterans are missing out on free or low-cost care. Read more.


Hulmeville Renames Street After Vietnam War Soldier: 

A section of Beaver Street in Hulmeville Borough (Bucks County) was recently named, Sgt. James E. Boorman Avenue. The borough held a ceremony to dedicate the new street name with Boorman’s family, veterans, residents, local officials, and members of the Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in attendance. Read more.


Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Seeks Flags To Replace Those Worn By Weather: 

Hundreds of memorial flags are needed to replace the weather-worn flags used in the Avenue of Flags presentation and to fill in the newly expanded burial sections at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville (Lebanon County). Read more.


METALCON To Aide Pittsburgh Area Veterans, Favorite Cause Of Keynoter Rocky Bleier: 

This year, METALCON has partnered with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania (VLP), to raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital support services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members, and their families to improve their self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life. Read more.


PA National Guard Suicides Occurring At An Alarming Rate: 

In the United States military, suicide is now an epidemic. In the past four years, 34 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have died by suicide. The problem is so significant that Governor Tom Wolf instituted a Task Force to help mitigate the influx of suicides in the civilian-soldier population. Read more.


U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers Go Smoke-Free In Central PA, Nationwide: 

Since Oct.1 VA Medical Centers across the country have been completely smoke-free, including locations in central Pennsylvania. The Lebanon VA Medical Center, one of 170 centers across the country expanding their smoking ban, is now telling people they can’t smoke anywhere on the property. Read more.


 Across the Nation 


First-Ever National Minority Veterans Summit Draws Veterans From Across The Country: 

Recently in Dallas, Texas, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Minority Veterans hosted the inaugural National Minority Veterans Summit focusing on the needs and issues imperative to minority veterans. Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Byrne welcomed the more than 750 attendees to the conference. Read more.


Free Flu Shots For Veterans At Your Local Walgreens: 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to enrolled veterans of the VA health care system. Now through March 31, 2020, simply go to any Walgreens pharmacy and show your Veterans Health Identification Card and another form of photo ID. Read more.


Housing Assistance Programs Get Veterans Back On Track: 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Supported Housing program (HUD-VASH) assists veterans and their families. Army National Guard veteran Joseph Harrison got a new start on life thanks to the HUD-VASH program. After leaving service, Harrison faced challenges to getting back on track, including brushes with the law, substance abuse, and difficulty maintaining relationships. Read more.


Medal Of Honor Museum To Be Located In Texas: 

The National Medal of Honor Museum will be built in Arlington, Texas, the museum’s foundation announced recently. With nearly 70 recipients hailing from the region and nearly 1.8 million veterans and active-duty military residing in Texas, Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation said in the announcement that Arlington was the optimal location to build the museum showcasing the nation’s highest medal for valor. Read more.


VA Nurse Organizes Funeral For Veteran With No Local Family: 

When U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nurse Carlotta Ransom went for a home visit to one of her patients, Durwood Whetstone, she learned of his passing from his roommate. Nobody knew where the coroner had taken his body. She was determined to find him and do something to honor him. Ransom called all the local funeral homes with no success. Read more.


VA Provides Veterans Fleeing Domestic Violence With Housing And Supportive Services: 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reminds veterans nationwide that VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and Grant and Per Diem (GPD) provide housing and other services for veterans experiencing domestic violence and intimate partner violence. Additionally, in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, VA’s Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program will gather with internal and external national partners during October to help promote the department’s mission to foster healthy relationships and safety. Read more.


Veterans And Community Work Together To Donate Motorcycle To Local Iraq Veteran: 

American Legion Post 184 in Wildwood, NJ is proud to honor member Michael Kelly for his recent charitable service to the community. Mike Kelly is a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, a member of Post 184, and Jr. Vice Director of VVA Chapter 955. On Sept. 7, Kelly organized a donation of a 2005 Harley Sportster 1200 with only 5,500 original miles to a local, young, veteran. Read more.


Were You A Student Veteran?: 

Student Veterans of America and other veterans service organizations are asking for your input to improve their resources and programs. Sharing your unique stories and experiences will pay it forward for future generations of veterans. Take the survey at: Website.


West Point To Honor First Female 4-Star General: 

The first woman to become a four-star general in the U.S. military will be honored with an award at West Point. Retired Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody will receive the Thayer Award at a ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy, presented by West Point’s Association of Graduates. Read more.


Wounded Military Working Dog Exhibit Coming To The National Museum Of The U.S. Air Force: 

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio is opening a temporary display on wounded military working dogs featuring wooden dog sculptures, designed to highlight the service, commitment and honor of injured military working dogs. 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: RA-VA-Newsletter@pa.gov


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.


Accelerate Your Education And Training With A VA Career: 

Juggling the demands of school, work and life can take a toll. At the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), learning is central to delivering top-notch care to veterans. That’s why, with a VA career, it’s easier for you to advance your education and skills without burning out. If you plan to work while you pursue a degree or credential, here are five ways to earn and learn through a VA career: Read more.


Discover A Life-Changing Career In Veteran Mental Health At Psych Congress: 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently brought on board 1,045 mental health professionals as part of the Mental Health Hiring Initiative, a dynamic recruitment effort that supports VA's commitment to higher standards of care for veterans. Are you ready to join that growing number? Read more.


Governor Wolf — Schuylkill County Revitalization Continues With Evans Delivery Company Expansion, Creation Of 65 Jobs: 

Recently, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Evans Delivery Company (EDC), an over-the-road trucking company and broker, will expand its operations in Schuylkill Haven, (Schuylkill County), creating 65 new jobs and maintaining 321 existing employees. Read more.


JROTC Instructor Dallastown High School: 

The Dallastown Area School District (York County) has an anticipated vacancy for a certified Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) instructor. The JROTC is one of the largest character development and citzenship programs for youth in the world. The Dallastown JROTC program consistentnly ranks as one of the best programs nationwide. Minority candidates encourage to apply. Apply.


DMVA Has Immediate Job Opening For Automotive Mechanic: 

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is looking for an automotive mechanic to maintain and repair automotive equipment and various grounds keeping equipment at the Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home (Blair County). If you are skilled in mechanical trades and enjoy steady, daily activity. apply today!


 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-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.)


Suicide Prevention Task Force Listening Tour — October Event Dates: 

- Oct. 10, 2019 5:30 p.m., York Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Dr., York, PA (York County)
- Oct. 24, 2019 5:30 p.m., Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, PA (Lackawanna County)
- Oct. 25, 2019 10 a.m., Cedar Crest College, Alumnae Hall Auditorium, 100 College Dr., Allentown, PA (Lehigh County)
- In May 2019, the Wolf Administration announced a first-of-its-kind, statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force to develop Pennsylvania’s statewide suicide prevention plan. The public’s voice will help task force members shape a statewide suicide prevention plan, which will include recommendations, not only for state government, but for stakeholders and communities, to carry forward and implement.
- Register.


Vietnam Round Table: 

- Oct. 10, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
- Vietnam Veterans of America, Michael J. Novosel MOH Chapter 542, 8000 Derry St., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- For additional information, contact Richard Burton at 717-545-2336 or email centralpavietnamrt@verizon.net 
- Following a brief business meeting, Craig Williamson, from Carlisle (Cumberland County), will discuss his Vietnam experiences as a platoon leader for the 4th Infantry Division’s Charlie Company/2nd/35th in 1968 and 1969, serving around Pleiku in the central highlands.


The Wall That Heals Comes To Indiana County: 

- Oct. 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.


Spring Creek Chapter Of Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing Program: 

- Oct. 13, 2019, 2 p.m.
- Fisherman's Paradise, 1150 Spring Creek Rd., Bellefonte, PA (Centre County)
- If you have any questions please email Bob Sills at rasills@earthlink.net 
- All veterans, active duty personnel, families and friends are invited to join for an afternoon of mentored fly fishing, hot dogs with all the trimmings and good conversation. All the equipment and gear will be provided and trained mentors will be on hand to help you develop fly fishing skills and maybe even catch a fish or two. The program is free to all.


PGA Hope: 

- Oct. 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.


United States Navy Band Commodores 2019 National Tour: 

- Oct. 17-Nov. 7, 2019
- Seven locations throughout PA
- Point of contact: Navy Band general information line, 202-433-3366 or email navybandtourops@navy.mil 
- Jazz is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years.
- Read more.


Making $ense Of Finance: 

- Oct. 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Chapel of Four Chaplains, 1201 Constitution Ave., The Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- For more information about the conference, call 1-800-PA-Banks or email informed@pa.gov 
- One in three victims of investment fraud in the U.S. are military veterans, according to AARP. A free program hosted in Philadelphia by the Pennsylvania Military Finance Alliance will help to increase their financial awareness and protect the assets of members of the military, veterans and their families. Space is limited and registration is required.
- Read more.


Mini-Stand Down: 

- Third Saturday of every month, the next one is Oct. 19, 2019, 10 a.m.-Noon
- City Park, Lower Parking Lot, Reading, PA (Berks County)
- Help veterans who gave so much for all of us! Please bring your DD214 and VA ID. Clothing, a hot meal and more will be provided.
- Website.


Meet Up And Workshop For Women Veterans: 

- First and third Sunday of Every Month, next one Oct., 20, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
- The Banana Factory, 25 W. 3rd St., Bethlehem, PA (Lehigh County), Risbon Room, 2nd floor
- Point of contact: email Jenny Pacanowski at womenveteransempowered@gmail.com 
- Women Veterans of all eras and discharge status WELCOME! This is a reintegration program for women veterans/service members to utilize writing and performance to empower experiences and teach skills to thrive in their daily lives. No writing experience necessary.
- Website.


Veteran Shark Tank: 

- Application Deadline: Oct. 25, 2019, 5 p.m.
- Open to U.S. veterans of all eras and including National Guard and Reservists and Coast Guard. Veterans looking to start or grow their business and want to participate can pitch their business at the Philadelphia regional qualifier. With a large monetary prize and valuable exposure to investors and business leaders, there will be a great deal of competition to earn one of the five finalist spots.
- Website


Veteran Workforce Roundtable: 

- Oct. 29, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m.
- Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Jones Conference Room, Dining Hall, 750 E. King St., Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
- To R.S.V.P. please email Sean Murphy at smurphy@paauditor.gov 
- This Veteran Workforce Roundtable is hosted by Auditor General Eugene DePasuale .


Veterans Breakfast Hosted By State Rep. Tom Mehaffie: 

- Nov. 8, 2019, 8-10 a.m.
- Lower Swatara Fire Department, 1350 Fulling Mill Rd., Middletown, PA (Dauphin County)
- Seating is limited and registration is required. R.S.V.P. by calling Rep. Mehaffie's Office at 717-534-1323 by Oct. 28, 2019
- Veterans and U.S. military personnel residing in the 106th District are invited to join for an appreciation breakfast and patriotic program. State-related veterans information will be distributed at this event. Worn, torn or defaced flags will be accepted at the event for proper retirement.


Veterans Benefit Expo: 

- Nov. 8, 2019, 2-8 p.m., opening ceremony 1:45 p.m.
- Park-East Racetrack Bldg., 3001 Street Rd., Bensalem, PA (Bucks County)
- Over 50 exhibit tables and three breakfast sessions. Admission is free and the event is open to all veterans, spouses, widows and children living in the Delaware Valley.
- Read more.

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