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Posted on: November 6, 2019

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DMVA's Gino J. Merili Veterans' Center Has Immediate Job Openings:

The Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center in Scranton (Lackawanna County) has career opportunities available for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nurse aides. Join in caring for America's veterans! Read more.

DMVA's Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center Holds Open House:

The Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center (GMVC), located at 401 Penn Ave., Scranton (Lackawanna County), is holding an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. GMVC is one of six veterans homes operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).

Governor Wolf Encourages PA Guard Members To Enroll In First-In-The-Nation Education Program For Guard Families:

Governor Tom Wolf, joined by Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, legislators, and PA National Guard members, encouraged PA National Guard members to take advantage of the new Military Family Education Program, or PA GI bill, now open for enrollment. Read more.

Governor Wolf Honors Inductees Into Military And Veterans Affairs Hall Of Fame:

Governor Tom Wolf helped to honor two members inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ prestigious Hall of Fame, recognizing their exceptional service to the department that supports Pennsylvania’s nearly 800,000 veterans and 18,000 members of the National Guard. Read more.

  Around the State

Auditor General DePasquale Seeks Solutions To Help Veterans Make Smooth Transition To Civilian Workforce:

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently led a roundtable discussion focused on solving the challenges many veterans face in finding employment opportunities after leaving the military. Read more.

Duncansville VFW Held Golf Fundraiser:

The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8724 (Blair County) hosted its 10th annual golf scramble recently at the Sylvan Hills Golf Course, Hollidaysburg. A total of 48 participants raised $1,000 for the Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home activities fund. Read more.

Edinboro University Earns National Ranking For Service To Military-Connected Students:

Edinboro University (Erie County) is ranked among the best colleges and universities in the country for veterans of the U.S. Military, according to an independent military news organization. Additionally, Edinboro University ranked among 30 higher-education institutions that were selected for the inaugural Pennsylvania National Guard Associations Guard Friendly School designation. Read more.

Harrisburg-Area Veterans Will No Longer Have To Travel To Lebanon County To See Heart And Lung Specialists:

Veterans in the Harrisburg area will no longer have to go to the Lebanon VA Medical Center for cardiology and pulmonary services. The Cumberland County VA Clinic at 5070 Ritter Rd. in Upper Allen Twp. (Cumberland County) now offers those services on site. Read more.

Help Available To Curb Suicides In Pennsylvania:

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, one person dies by suicide every four hours. On average, that is six people per day, 180 people per month, and over 2,100 people per year. Read more.

Saying Thank You – Ceremonies, Parade, Special Luncheon To Honor Bucks County Veterans:

Communities throughout Bucks County will thank their veterans with ceremonies, special events and a parade. Mark your calendar for these events. Read more.

  Across the Nation

‘Horse Whisperer’ Helps Veterans With PTSD On Military Channel:

Discovery Communications owns and operates Military Channel and Animal Planet, cable networks with different programming mandates. It seems unlikely that their content would overlap, yet it does in a new documentary. “Horse Sense and Soldiers” follows a “horse whisperer” working with Iraq War veterans suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Read more.

5 Civil War Vets Who Became U.S. Presidents:

Ulysses S. Grant, in office 1869-1877 entered the Civil War with the 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. On March 2, 1864, President Lincoln promoted Grant to lieutenant general, giving him command of all Union Armies, answering only to the president. Read more.

How Veterans Day Was Founded:

Soldiers have been held up as heroes as long as man has been at war. From biblical warriors to Greek gods and goddesses of war, there is no shortage of honor bestowed on those who vow to raise their swords against their enemies. So how did Nov. 11 become the one day of each year designated to appreciate the brave men and women across all wars who answered the call to serve? The simple answer is World War I. Read more.

Thieves Among – Honor Counterfeit Veterans:

It was a sweet assignment right up my writing alley: A narrative about the D-Day invasion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Allied attack that marked the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. Read more.

Together We Served – A Website To Help You Find Old Service Friends:

The United States military is a brotherhood and sisterhood like no other. Those who serve together form a common sense of purpose and devotion to duty. It’s a level of trust not commonly found in civilian life. Those military friendships last forever. But as life moves, and when people leave the military, they often lose touch with those friends, some of whom they would have given their life for. Read more.

Vets With Disability Ratings Can Get Lifetime Access To Over 400 National Parks For Free — Here’s How:

Remember, remember, the 11th of November, the veteran’s season for free stuff. I know of no reason, why this veteran’s season should ever be rebuffed. Who knew there existed a long-lost verse of the poem documenting the rebellious exploits of Guy Fawkes that foretold of days when authentic Italian cuisine from Olive Garden would be made available, sans cost, in recognition of service to one’s country? Read more.

White House Declares All Of November As Veterans And Military Families Month:

As he has for each of the last two years, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring all of November as a month to honor American veterans and military families in an effort to extend traditional Veterans Day celebrations. 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

7 Tips For Veterans To Land A Federal Job:

For your first career after leaving the military, what if you could work for an organization that offers great benefits and job security, lets you build on the skills you learned in uniform and has a workforce that is nearly one-third veterans? Read more.

ABARTA Coca-Cola Beverages Hiring Veterans:

Hiring throughout PA
Apply: Read more.
ABARTA Coca-Cola is hiring for multi-positions, check out the website for descriptions.

Duquesne University Campus Police Officer Position:

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) Department of Public Safety has an opening for a police officer. The Duquesne University Police Department (DUPD) is a 32-member police department located on Duquesne University’s campus. This position offers good pay and excellent benefits. For more information, requirements for this position, or to apply, please go to the Human Resources Website.

Employer And Provider Seminar:

- Nov. 7, 2019, 1-3 p.m.
- 2040 Ardmore Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA (Alleghany County)
- Registration is required and seating is very limited. Please R.S.V.P. to Stefanie Doyle at SteDoyle@PA.GOV
- Please join PA CareerLink® Allegheny East for an employer and service provider seminar as part of Veterans and Military Community Appreciation Month. Professionals will present employment topics.

Join The Veterans’ Healthcare Leadership Team As A VAMC Executive Director:

Millions of veterans count on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) each day to improve the quality of their lives through exceptional healthcare practices. VA Medical Center executive directors deliver on this very important mission through strong, effective leadership. As a member of this team, you help lead over 364,000 professionals nationwide who carry out VA’s core values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence. Read more.

Pennsylvania Crisis Response Team Project Coordinator:

This position serves as the project liaison to the statewide advisory committee and is responsible for coordinating deployments, supporting volunteer team members, supervising full and part-time staff, attending various local and state meetings as a project representative and involves tasks such as grant writing, grant reporting, and planning the biennial statewide conference. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Applicants must send a cover letter with salary requirements in addition to their resume to Debgh@novabucks.org.

Ross Police Department Hiring Veterans:

The Ross Police Department in Allegheny County anticipates hiring police officers in the early part of 2020. Those interested in being notified when the official application process has opened up can sign up to be notified here. Website

Should Companies Look To Future Skills Instead Of Just Resumes When Hiring Veterans?:

Many companies still struggle to translate military skills into corporate assignments, but retired Army Lt. Col. J.C. Glick argues that most business leaders would be better off focusing on what veterans can learn rather than what they have already done. Read more.

State Funding Helps Lycoming County Manufacturing Company Expand, Supporting Nearly 60 Jobs:

Governor Tom Wolf announced Hermance Machine Company, a family-owned and operated manufacturer and distributor specializing in woodworking and wood product manufacturing equipment in Williamsport, Lycoming County, will expand, supporting the combined retention and creation of 57 full-time jobs in the area. Read more.

Waste Management:

- Residential CDL Driver In Greencastle, PA (Franklin County)
- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information
- Requirements: Hold a current Class A or B Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with an air-brake endorsement. One year of experience operating a vehicle requiring a CDL or equivalent military driving within the last seven years. Waste Management has been recognized as Best Employer of Veterans by the G.I. Jobs and CivilianJobs.com.
Apply.

Veterans' Expo & Job Fair:

- Nov. 7, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
- Any questions, call 717-285-1350 or email info@onlinepub.com
- The Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair is intended for active military and veterans of all ages, men and women, from all branches of service and their families. The Expo is being held to ensure that eligible individuals are aware of the benefits they have earned. Meet and talk to exhibitors who are interested in your wellbeing and represent businesses, community service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits organizations and education/training providers. Website.

Veterans Employment Event (Luzerne County):

- Nov. 13, 2019, 3-6 p.m.
- 32 E. Union St., Wilkes-Barre, PA (Luzerne County)
- Point of contact: Scott Koppenhofer at 570-822-1101 or email skoppenhofer@pa.gov
- There will be employers, representatives from local businesses and veteran service organizations on-site to assist you with employment and benefit questions. Some of the topics that will be addressed: VA claims questions, interviewing and resume assistance, housing, low income assistance and employment opportunities!

  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.)

Second Annual PNGAS Cadet Day:

- Nov. 9, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
- Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 South Queen St., Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
- For more information call 717-623-0909 or email PNGAS@PNGAS.org
- Open to all ROTC, JR ROTC, Civil Air Patrol, Boys and Girl Scouts, Young Marines, Navy Sea Cadets, high school and college students, as well as recruits and prospects for Pennsylvania National Guard. Dress is business casual. No Jeans or T-Shirts permitted.
Read more.

The PNGAS Annual Conference:

- Nov. 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and Nov. 9, 2019, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Lancaster Convention Center, 25 South Queen St., Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
- Point of contact: email PNGAS@PNGAS.org
- Excellent programs designed by National Guard members for Guard members, families, veterans, first responders, educators and cadets.
Register.

Family Game Night:

- Every Wednesday Starting Nov. 6 until Dec. 18, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Harrisburg Vet Center, North 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- To sign up, call Meg Taylor 717-782-3954
- Please join a night of laughs, fun, and unforgettable memories. Open to those who have served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility, experienced military sexual trauma, provided direct emergency medical care or mortuary services to casualties of war.

Boots To Business Reboot:

- Nov. 7, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Center for Business Ingenuity, 900 State St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- Point of Contact: Jonathan Bennett at 412-395-6560, Ext. 107 or email jonathan.bennett@sba.gov
- Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneurship education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This course is free for veterans of all eras, active duty service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate.
Website.

Veterans’ Expo 2019 Hosted By PA State Senator Katie Muth:

- Nov. 7, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA (Montgomery County)
- To reserve lunch tickets, please R.S.V.P. by Nov. 1, 2019, to events44@pasenate.com or call 610-792-2137
- Lunch will be provided to veterans and one of their guests. Sen. Katie Muth will be hosting the Veteran's Expo. this is open to all veterans and family members. The purpose is to offer resources and services accessible through state agencies, local organizations and businesses.
Website.

Veterans' Expo & Job Fair:

- Nov. 7, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
- Point of contact: Kimberly Shaffer at 717-285-8123 or email Kshaffer@OLPEvents.com
Read more.

Suicide Prevention Task Force Listening Tour — November Event Dates:

- Nov. 7, 2019, 5:30 p.m., Jewish Healthcare Foundation, 650 Smithfield St. #2400, Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- Nov. 8, 2019, 10 a.m., Slippery Rock University, Robert Smith Student Center, 107 Central Loop, Slippery Rock, PA (Butler County)
- Nov. 15, 2019, 10 a.m., Radnor Township Building, 301 Iven Ave., Radnor, PA (Delaware County)
- Nov. 20, 2019, 10 a.m., State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen St., State College, PA (Centre 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.

Vet Center's Open House (Lancaster County):

- Nov. 8, 2019, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- 1817 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
- A pancake breakfast will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. by phone to 717-283-0735

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.

Perry County Memorial Wall:

- Nov. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
- Perry County Memorial Wall in Marysville, PA (Perry County)
- Point of contact: James D. Scott at 717-582-5133
- Wreaths will be presented at the Perry County Memorial Wall in Marysville, Perry County, PA. Pennsylvania State Rep. Mark Keller will be speaking and the Perry County Honor Guard will be honoring with a 21-gun salute.

American Legion 338 And Disabled American Veterans Delco Chapter 113 Open House (Delaware County):

- Nov. 10, 2019, Noon-4 p.m.
- 2200 Grasslyn Ave., Havertown, PA (Delaware County)
- Point of contact: Joseph Pinhak at 414-800-5582 or email DAVDelco113@gmail.com
- In honor of Veterans Day, the public is invited to come out and meet the members of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans organizations to learn about their missions, as well as programs offered to the community. Light refreshments will be served.

Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center To Hold Open House:

- Nov. 10, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
- Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA (Lackawanna County)
- For more information about admissions at GMVC, contact the admissions coordinator at 570-961-4348
- The public is invited to the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center (GMVC) for an open house event. GMVC is one of six veterans homes operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).
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Veterans Day Open House And Meet The Rep:

- Nov. 11, 2019, 9-11 a.m.
- 2400 S. 9th St. (at Ritner Street), Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- Point of contact: Patrice Jeppson at 215-271-9190 or email pjeppson@pahouse.net
- Get help with Pennsylvania services and share your interests and concerns with your State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler.

2019 Veteran’s Day Health And Wellness Fair:

- Nov. 11, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Cranberry Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp., PA (Butler County)
- Point of contact: Annie Cairns at 724-934-9700, Ext. 18
- The Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber’s Annual Health and Wellness Fair brings local providers of lifestyle goods and services together for a day of learning and celebrating healthy living. Explore a variety of booths from Pittsburgh North’s many health and wellness organizations, receive free screenings, and support veterans and military in honor of the 2019 Veterans Day. The first 100 vets to attend the event (the event is free to the public) will receive a gift of appreciation.

Delaware County Annual Veterans Day Parade:

- Parade will start at the intersection of Jackson and State streets and end in front of the Delaware County Courthouse in Media, PA (Delaware County)
- Nov. 11, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
- Point of contact: James A. Ziegelhoffer at 610-357-7581 or atynziggy@verizon.net
- Please join us for one of the largest and best known Veterans Day parades in the tri-state area.
Website.

Penn State Law Veterans And Service Members Legal Clinic launches Military Mondays:

- Second Monday of each month starting Nov. 11, 2019
- 2030 North Atherton Starbucks, State College (Centre County)
- Point of contact: Leah Davis, at 814-865-4290 or email ljd187@psu.edu
- In partnership with Starbucks, the legal clinic will be offering free one-hour legal consultation appointments on any civil law topic for veterans or service members. Appointments can be made online.
Website.

Main Event Honoring Veterans:

- Nov. 11, 2019
- All Main Event locations nationwide
Contact.
- Locations: [https:www.mainevent.com]Website
- Main Event is honoring the brave men and women that protect our freedom with an exciting offer this Veterans Day. On Monday, Nov. 11, Main Event is inviting all active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel to visit their nearest center for FREE food and fun all day! All military personnel will receive 30 minutes of game play that can be used on more than 100 interactive video games

Boots To Business – Reboot Schuylkill County:

- Nov. 12, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Penn State Schuylkill Campus, 200 University Drive Classroom Bldg. 101, Schuylkill Haven, PA (Schuylkill County)
- Point of contact: Shannon Degiglio at 610-382-3082 or email Shannon.Degiglio@sba.gov
- Boots to Business Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation. Step one is the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course available to veterans and service members of all eras (including members of the National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses. The course is offered at no cost to the veteran, spouse, or family member. Lunch provided through sponsorship from Tompkins VIST Bank.
Website.

Give Veterans A Smile Day Free Dental Care:

- Nov. 12, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Community Volunteers In Medicine, 300 B Lawrence Dr., West Chester, PA (Chester County)
- If interested in making an appointment, please call: Albert Landis at 610-836-5990, ext. 107
- Procedures offered: cleanings, panorex, fillings, extractions, X-rays and periodontal scaling

Peace For The Soul Interfaith Service:

- Nov. 12, 2019, 4 p.m., Fellowship and Welcome; 4:15 p.m. Healing Interfaith Service; 5:45 p.m., Dinner & Community Resources
- Tree of Life Church, 1492 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- For more information or to register, call 717-732-1000
- A healing interfaith service to acknowledge and recognize veterans and those who care about them. Service to include Hospice of Central PA, professional resources from the Lebanon VA Medical Center to address post traumatic stress injury and life altering traumatic events, Dauphin County veterans affairs director, and more.

Veterans Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion:

- Nov. 12, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 South Allen St., State College, PA (Centre County)
- Point Of Contact: Amy Pollock At 814-863-5880 or email amp29@psu.edu
- The military teaches lifelong skills, and many of which are transferable in becoming an entrepreneur. Hear from a panel of local veteran business owners on how they successfully started their own businesses. Registrations are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome for this free event.
Website.

Senator Bartolotta’s Veterans Resource & Job Fair:

- Nov. 13, 2019, 10 a.m.-Noon
- Washington County Fair, Building #2, Washington, PA (Washington County)
- Any questions please contact 724-225-4380
- Please join me for a day filled with valuable information on education, health care, mental health, housing, family support and other relevant veterans-related topics. This is a unique opportunity for the greater Washington community to show its support for veterans.

Veterans And Military Appreciation – Career Development Workshops:

- Nov. 14, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- PA CareerLink® Allegheny East, 2040 Ardmore Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- Point of contact: 1-877-889-5621
- Pittsburgh Veterans Initiative Group is providing free workshops for veterans, military and their families to build on career development skills. Topics will include translating military skills, preparing for future career fairs, and interviews in the civilian sector.
- Registration required. Read more.

Veterans Resource Fair:

- Nov 14, 2019, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- To register Call 1-877-926-8300
- AARP Pennsylvania and the Dauphin County Bar Association, in honor of veterans, active service personnel and their families, present a veterans and active service personnel resource fair at the Harrisburg Mall. Veterans, military members, and their loved ones can access a variety of information and services featuring the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Ask-A-Lawyer session where you can speak to a practicing attorney.
Register.

University Of Pennsylvania Athletics Military Appreciation Football Game Vs. Princeton:

- Nov. 23, 2019, 1 p.m.
- 235 S. 33rd St., Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- Point of contact: Pete Freudenberger at 215-898-3620 or email pennathevents@upenn.edu
- Through the generosity of Penn football fans and the Seats for Soldiers program complimentary tickets are available for veterans and active duty military personnel.
Get your tickets.

Southeastern Veterans’ Center Holding Weekly Tours For The Public:

- 10 a.m. each Wednesday (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
- Southeastern Veterans’ Center, One Veterans Drive, Spring City, PA (Chester County)
- For more information about admissions at SEVC, contact the admissions coordinator at 610-948-2406
- The public is encouraged to stop by to take a tour, meet the staff, and experience the comradery of living with fellow veterans. The Southeastern Veterans’ Center is one of six veterans homes operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).
Read more.

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