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Calling All Veterans in the 
54th District!



           Rep. Eli Evankovich's annual Veterans Appreciation Picnic will take place tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 4) and he is encouraging any veterans and their families who haven’t signed up yet to join us. All they need to do to make a reservation is call the district office before the close of business today at (724) 335-2790. Please provide the number and names of the guests who plan to attend.

This free event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at Pavilion 8 in Northmoreland Park, 280 Markle Road in Apollo.

We have a great time and Eli does all of the grilling himself! Hope to see you there.

The 54th Legislative District includes the townships of Fawn, West Deer and part of Harrison in Allegheny County; and also in Westmoreland County, the boroughs of Export, Lower Burrell and Murrysville; along with the townships of Allegheny, Upper Burrell and part of Penn.     
                   


Statement by VA Sec. David J. Shulkin on Passage of Forever GI Bill

 
Congress has spoken with a strong voice in support of our Veterans this afternoon.  The Forever GI Bill expands the success our Veterans have had with the GI Bill providing opportunities that otherwise would not be possible. 
In particular, it restores benefits to Veterans who were impacted by school closures since 2015 and has special benefits for our reservists, surviving dependents, and Purple Heart recipients.  This nation is stronger when our Veterans are studying and working next to their civilian counterparts.  Passage of this bill is a win for Veterans and their families.


DMVA Digest


 
DMVA’s Outreach Teams Will Be Traveling Across The State:
In keeping with DMVA’s goal to make benefits more accessible to state veterans and their eligible family members, our mobile veterans outreach teams will be busy traveling across the state for a number of upcoming summer events. You'll find our accredited veteran service officers in Armstrong, Clarion, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lebanon, and Warren counties in August! Visit our events calendar to see all upcoming events!
 
Visit The PA Veterans’ Memorial At Indiantown Gap Memorial Cemetery This Summer:
Be sure to plan a trip to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery this summer! The memorial is the largest veterans’ memorial located in any of the 133 national cemeteries operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For information about the memorial including its history, driving directions, hours, and making a donation, visit our memorial website.
 
  Around the State
 
NOT FORGOTTEN: Bucks County Pays Tribute To Fallen Korean War Heroes, Veterans, And Their Families:
The Board of Bucks County Commissioners and the Bucks County Yong Dung Po Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association remembered "The Forgotten War" during the county's 17th annual Korean War Armistice Day Ceremony. Read more.
 
Scholarship Aid Available For Disabled Veterans:
DAV Chapter 11, Dickson City, will offer a $500 scholarship to disabled veterans in need of higher education. Applicants must reside between Dickson City and the Simpson area in Pennsylvania. Write to DAV Scholarship Committee, 901 Enterprise St., Dickson City, PA (Lackawanna County), 18519.
 
Sisters Look To Collect Water For Homeless Vets:
Three sisters from Green Township, PA (Franklin County) in partnership with the Sussex County Division of "Operation Chillout" (a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless veterans in New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania), are asking the community for help in collecting bottled water for local homeless veterans by Aug. 12, 2017. Read more.
 
Vets Find Support For PTSD:
The veterans aren't at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's H.J. Heinz campus to tell the kinds of war stories heard at bars or reunions. They're there to tell the stories that left them with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD; the stories they won't even tell their loved ones. Read more.
 
  Across the Nation
 
15 Events In August With Free Tickets For Troops, Veterans And Families:
What better way to finish out the summer than attending a fun concert or sporting event with friends or your caregiver? From major country artists, to top Major League Baseball matchups, and even National Football League preseason games, there are a host of events you can attend in August through the national nonprofit, Veteran Tickets Foundation, or Vet Tix. Read more.
 
Military Themed Museum and Memorial Guide:
Are you looking for a military-themed museum, monument or memorial in either the area where you live in or an area where you may be traveling to? Check out Military.com's list of museums and memorials in the United States for locations.
 
Student Veterans Of America:
The VFW is proud to partner with Student Veterans of America (SVA) for the third consecutive year, to host the 2017 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellow program. This provides 10 exceptional student veterans the unique opportunity to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and with other organizations in the veterans' advocacy space. Deadline to apply: Oct. 20, 2017. Website.
 
VA Caregiver Support Program Resumes Full Operations:
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is resuming full operations of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The resumption follows an April 17 decision to temporarily suspend certain clinical revocations from the program to conduct a strategic review aimed at strengthening the program. Read more.
 
Volunteers Sought For Reading Of The Names At The Vietnam Veterans Memorial:
One of the best ways to honor our fallen is to say their names and share their story. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. is asking the public to join them in this monumental event, as a reader or as a spectator, in honor of their sacrifice. 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
 
DEP Announces Employment Opportunity In Mining Program:
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has an opening for qualified candidates for a blasting and explosives inspector position in the Pottsville District mining office. Duties include inspection of mining sites, and implementation and monitoring of compliance activities for blasting and surface mining activities in the Reading, Philadelphia, and Allentown areas. The employee must also perform duties applicable to the storage, handling, and use of explosive materials used in all surface applications. Read more.
 
Integrative Staffing Group -- Job Opportunities For Veterans:
Full-service staffing organization has job opportunities available to veterans of the U.S. military. Contact Neil Walter by email at nwalter@isgwork.com or by phone at 412-264-4140, x 223. Website.
 
Interim HealthCare – Erie, Crawford, Mercer Counties:
Veterans needed to assist other veterans with personal care and home support. We are seeking home health aides, certified nurse assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists for per-diem and full-time opportunities. Applicants must have six months of experience in the health care field. To schedule an interview, contact Marybel Abbott at 814-836-8836.
 
UPS Facility In Throop, PA - Collections Associate:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The facility is located at 700 Keystone Industrial Park, Throop, PA 18512. Please contact Diane Kondratick, HR Supervisor, at 570-969-3585 or Jennifer Compton, HR Representative, at 570-969-3394.
Apply.
 
Veterans Jobs - Associate Director, Clinical Research Vaccines (MD Required):
The clinician medical monitor is accountable for providing medical and scientific expertise and oversight for global clinical vaccine trials and serves as a single point of accountability for design, execution, monitoring, delivery and... Apply.
 
Veterans Jobs - Submission Medical Writer (Director):
A career at Pfizer offers opportunity, ownership and impact. All over the world, Pfizer colleagues work together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Colleagues have the opportunity to grow and develop a career that offers both individual and company success. Learn more about the submission medical writer position and apply here.
 
  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.)
 
Remembrance Ceremony For Medal Of Honor Recipient:
Aug. 5, 2017, 10 a.m. (will be cancelled if raining)
The ceremony will be held graveside at Prospect Hill Cemetery, 700 North George St., York, PA (York County)
For more information email Dave Brady at mcl521.yorkpa@gmail.com
Members of the First Capitol Detachment, Marine Corps League of York County, will hold a service of remembrance in memory of Sgt. John Henry Denig, a Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor for action during the Battle of Mobile Bay in August of 1864. Denig is one of two Medal of Honor recipients buried at Prospect Hill. James Rada, who wrote The Last to Fall: The 1922 March, Battles, & Deaths of U.S. Marines at Gettysburg, has been invited to speak. Also participating in the ceremony are members of the Lancaster Fencibles, 79th PVI, who will provide the Color Guard in Civil War attire.
 
Pig Roast To Benefit Building Bridges Foundation:
Aug. 5, 2017, 11 a.m.-Dusk
230 Indian Hill Road, Conestoga, PA, (Lancaster County)
Contact Joe Deem at 717-538-9149 or Eric Gamble at 443-207-7257
Swimming, horseback riding, bonfire and raffles. Building Bridges Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers free equine assistance therapy to veterans and their families.
 
MilitaryShare Starve Hunger - Feed Hope:
Aug. 8, 2017, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Hermitage National Guard Armory, 740 North Hermitage Rd., Hermitage, PA (Mercer County)
Register by July 26 for the FREE MilitaryShare distribution. Contact Dorothy Staub at 814-398-6037 or email her at dorothy.l.staub2.ctr@mail.mil
In Mercer County, nearly 10 percent of households receiving food assistance have at least one member who has served in the military. MilitaryShare, a program of the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County, is designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods to veterans and military families in need.
 
City Islanders Community Cares Night:
Aug. 8, 2017, 7 p.m.
FNB Field, City Island, Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
All military and medical personnel will receive FREE admission to the game as the Islanders host "Community Cares Night," which will include an additional ticket option for only $8!
Reserve here.
First 200 fans will receive an Islanders t-shirt!
 
Lawrence County's 7th Annual Veterans Stand Down:
Aug. 11, 2017, 1-3 p.m.
1st Battalion, 107th Field Artillery, 820 Frank Ave., New Castle, PA (Lawrence County)
Point of contact: Missy Russell, 724-658-7258 ext. 1414 or Jesse Putnam, 724-656-2172
"A Hand Up ... Not a Hand Out" - 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.
 
Back-To-School Brigade:
Aug. 12, 2017, 9-11 a.m.
Pittsburgh Area Commissary, 79 Soldiers Ln., Moon, PA (Allegheny County)
Operation Homefront is set to host a nationwide school supply operation for military families. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed during the event. Please check the website below for available additional dates/sites throughout the U.S.
Eligibility: Dependent children of military members, active and reserve.
Website.
 
Helping Hands Benefit Ride & Creekside Event:
Aug. 12, 2017, registration is from 10-11:45 a.m., ride begins at noon, followed by a BBQ at 3 p.m.
American Legion Riders 957, 640 Water St., New Berlin, PA (Union County). The BBQ is at 232 Jolly's Grove Lane, Weikert, PA (Union County)
$15 per operator/$5 per passenger - all vehicles and public are welcome!
All proceeds benefit Total Outdoors Website.
For further questions, contact Bruce Fisher at info@totaloutdoors.org
 
Back To School Bash For Military Families:
Aug. 12, 2017, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
3535 Market St., Suite 670, Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
Register.
R.S.V.P. by Aug. 5, 2017
Backpacks, school supplies, and door prizes.
 
Special Screenings Of The Vietnam War-A Documentary By Ken Burns And Lynn Novick:
Aug. 16, 29, and Sep. 12-All screenings begin at 6pm.
Aug. 16 at the Willow Valley Cultural Center Theater, Aug. 29 at the Liberty USO of Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, PA (Lebanon County) and on Sep. 12 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County). WITF invites you to special community screenings of THE VIETNAM WAR–a landmark documentary film series by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick. All screenings are free and open to the public. Details.
 
Warriors Of America Black Tie Fashion Style Gala:
Aug. 19, 2017, 5-11 p.m.
Scotland Community Center, 3832 Scotland Main St., Scotland, PA (Franklin County)
For tickets and information contact Dominique Brown at 717-331-7402 or email her at dominiquejbrown@outlook.com
Cocktail reception, wine & spirits bar, three course dinner, dancing, and charity auction. Elected officials/retired military heroes tickets $25-VIP tickets $35.
 
3rd Annual Jakie Invitational Miniature Golf Tournament:
Aug. 20, 2017, two start times: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Rich Valley Golf Course, 227 Rich Valley Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland County)
Register.
Parrot Heads in Amish Paradise is partnering with Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. (PAWW) for the 3rd Annual “Jakie Invitational” Miniature Golf Tournament. $20/adult golfer, $10/child golfer (12 yrs. & under). Event includes golf, picnic-style meal, soft drinks, and water.
 
Run For Veterans 5K:
Aug. 26, 2017, registration is at 8 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m.
John C. Rudy Park 400 Mundis Race Rd., York, PA (York County)
Register.
The 5K supports Mr. Sandy's Homeless Veterans Center
Aug. 4 deadline to ensure your shirt size.
Any questions, contact Sandie Walker at 717-495-2924 or email contact@runforveterans5k.org
 
Military Share A Fresh Express Program:
Aug. 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Elizabethtown National Guard Armory, 1455 N. Market St., Elizabethtown, PA (Lancaster County)
Register by Aug. 14 for the FREE MilitaryShare distribution. Contact Kim Houck at 610-929-1509, ext. 122, or email her at kimberly.a.houck.ctr@mail.mil
In central Pennsylvania, nearly 26 percent of households receiving food assistance have at least one member who has served or is currently serving in the military. MilitaryShare, a Fresh Express Program of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, is designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for families with at least one member who has served or is currently serving in the armed forces.
 
2017 Honor Ride Philadelphia:
Sept. 16, 2017
Central Park, 425 Wells Rd., Doylestown, PA (Bucks County)
6:45 a.m. rider check-in; 7:30 a.m. pre-ride ceremony; ride begins at 8 a.m.
Register.
There are hundreds of thousands of veterans who suffer from various wounds, whether visible or not. All of Project Hero's events help fund life-changing veteran rehabilitation services that are available at no cost to these healing heroes.
 

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