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DMVA Digest
August 30, 2017

Governor Wolf Announces Stolen Valor Law Protecting Benefits For Service Members, Veterans Now In Effect:
Governor Tom Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that the stolen valor law, protecting benefits for Pennsylvania service members and veterans, is now in effect, approximately 60 days since it was signed in late June. “It is our duty to be certain that benefits, resources, and job opportunities set aside solely for our service members and veterans remain as such and this law will help us do that,” Governor Wolf said.
Read more.
 

  Around the State

 
9/11 Memorial Service Set For Sept. 10 In Chambersburg:
A 9/11 memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. at Letterkenny Chapel, 2171 Carbaugh Ave., Chambersburg, PA (Franklin County) by the United Churches of the Chambersburg area and partners. U.S. Army veteran and the Pennsylvania State Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dwight R. Fuhrman, will be the guest speaker . Read more.
 
Building A Community Of Veterans:
While most other students had just finished high school, Zach Bedford, now 23, spent the previous year serving a nine-month tour in Afghanistan in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. When Bedford attended his freshman orientation in Fall 2015, he felt out of place among the crowds of “brand-new adults.” Read more.
 
For These Women Veterans, It Wasn’t Combat Trauma That Led To PTSD:
Connie Davis was afraid to go into the bathroom. Fire escapes and stairwells at the Air Force bases where she was stationed also stirred fear. Enemies within the ranks could be lurking in such secluded spots. But Airman Davis, who started as a mechanic after joining the Air Force in 1974, said she was sexually assaulted despite her efforts to avoid places where she might be vulnerable. Read more.
 
Funds Being Raised For Wreaths Across America Event At North Huntingdon Cemetery:
Motivated by her own family's loss, a North Huntingdon woman is on a mission to remember deceased veterans by putting wreaths on their graves in time for Christmas. “I feel I owe it to myself to pay respects to other veterans,” said Rhonda Hunt, 55, who is leading a local initiative of Wreaths Across America, a Maine-based nonprofit that enlists volunteers across the nation to place wreaths on the graves of veterans on Dec. 16, designated as National Wreaths Across America Day. Read more.
 
Pennsylvania Red Cross Volunteer For More Than 50 Years Heads To Texas:
A Lebanon man with a wealth of disaster relief experience is right where you’d expect him to be, managing an American Red Cross shelter in a heavily flooded area of Texas. Read more.
 
Royersford Parade Welcomes Home Local Marine After Five Years Away:
It's been five years since Sgt. Judah Strange has been home to Montgomery County after serving on active duty overseas. That's why the local community wanted to be sure to welcome him home with open arms. Read more.
 

  Across the Nation

 
DoD Releases Clarifying Guidance To Veterans Regarding Discharges And Military Records:
The Department of Defense released clarifying guidance for discharges and military records reviews. In the past few years, the department has issued guidance for consideration of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) but there remained some questions about how the guidance applied to sexual assault, sexual harassment, or mental health conditions other than PTSD. Read more.
 
Rutgers University R Heroes Program - 2,400 Tickets Available To Rutgers Vs. Morgan State:
Sept. 16, 2017, 3:30 p.m., High Point Solutions Stadium, 1 Scarlet Knight Way, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
Website.
Point of contact: Jessica Koffie, 609-553-4851
Rutgers University R Heroes program invites all retired and active military personnel to attend a Military Appreciation Day football game against Morgan State for free.
 

  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
 
Wast Management Is Now Hiring In Washington & Pittsburgh, PA:
A hiring event will be held on Sept. 6, 2017, 8 a.m.-4p.m.
200 Rangos Lane, Washington, PA (Washington County)
For more information text WASTE to 51893 or call 877-220-5627
Waste Management is in need of CDL drivers and diesel mechanics. Walk-ins welcome!

 
  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.)

PA Veteran Farming Project: 
Sept. 22, 2017, 1-4:30 p.m.
Chester County Economic Development Center
The PA Veteran Farming project is co-sponsoring a workshop for those interested in leasing land to farm. Cost is $10 and attendees will learn about: farm leasing from a legal perspective; farmland leasing options through land trusts; protecting your farmland through land trusts; farmer panel and networking opportunities.

Visit the website for more information.
 
VA Butler Healthcare Is Hosting A Series Of Health And Welfare Activities:
For a full calendar of events for August and September, visit the Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare calendar.
 
MilitaryShare:
Second Monday monthly, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
VFW Post 8685, 126 North 16th Ave., Altoona, PA (Blair County)
Call Patti Robinson at 814-312-3212 to pre-register.

Every fourth Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
American Legion Post #44, 309 Point Township, Northumberland, PA (Northumberland County)
Call Dick Simpson at 570-847-1974 to pre-register.

Starting Sept. 6 and the first Wednesday of the month, 3 p.m.
Airville Volunteer Fire Company, 3576 Delta Rd., Airville, PA (York County)
Call Dawn Moskos at 717-246-1446 to pre-register.

Starting Sept. 13 & every third Friday, 2-5 p.m.
Palmyra Memorial Post 6417, 232 E. Main St., Palmyra, PA (Lebanon County)
Call Tina Snavely at 717-980-6880 to pre-register.

All veterans, service members and their families in need. Proof of military service, such as DD214, Military ID or VA Medical Card is required to register. Participants must pre-register to be eligible.
 
REBOOT Combat Recovery:
Aug. 31, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
VFW Post 537, 1095 Pines Rd., Goldsboro, PA (York County)
Point of contact: Charlie Yost, 724-630-4956 or email yost.ch@gmail.com
Attend in 12 weeks to focus on the spiritual aspects of combat recovery. REBOOT is a course, not a support group, providing practical help for service members and families dealing with the after-effects of combat. You won't find shortcuts or easy answers, but instead you'll find solutions that last. Dinner and childcare provided.
 
A Special Screening Of The Vietnam War Film:
Sept. 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
WQED invites you to a special one-hour screening of "The Vietnam War," a new 10-part documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
RSVP.
 
VA Community Mental Health Summit 2017:
Sept. 8, 2017, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 South Lincoln Ave., Building 37, Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
R.S.V.P.
Questions: 717-272-6621, ext. 5726 or 4288 or email Christine.brubaker@va.gov or Moneca.haley@va.gov
Lebanon VAMC's 5th Annual Community Mental Health Summit. This year's Summit is designed to bring together key stakeholders of the veteran and local community. We hope to further enhance access to mental health services and to further address the mental healthcare needs of veterans and their family members.
 
Montgomery County Recorder On The Road:
Sept. 8, 2017, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
1885 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, PA (Montgomery County)
Website.
Veterans discount photo ID card and discharge recording program. Veterans must bring their DD 214 and photo identification (such as a driver's license) to receive their Montgomery County Discount Identification Card in minutes on site.
 
American Veterans Appreciation Day:
Sept. 9, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Raystown Lake, Seven Points Recreation Area, Oak Shelter, Huntingdon, PA (Huntingdon County)
Point of contact: Bruce Cavanaugh at 717-514-9118
Website.
The American Veterans Appreciation Day is being held to honor and show appreciation to all veterans for their service to our country. Open to all veterans and their families.
 
Patriots In The Park:
Sept. 9, 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mt. Pisgah State Park (Bradford County)
Point of contact: Nicole Harris, 570-297-2734 or email mtpisgahee@pa.gov
All active duty military personnel, veterans and their families are invited to enjoy a day in the outdoors at Mt. Pisgah State Park. Ride your motorcycle to the park, canoe and kayak across Stephen Foster Lake or fish for bass, try a compound bow or crossbow out on the archery range, and locate some geocaches using A GPS. Equipment is provided.
 
Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) 911th Airlift Wing Event:
Sept. 11, 2017, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
911th Airlift Wing , 2475 Defense Ave., Coraopolis, PA, 15108 (Allegheny County)
For more information call 412-623-9029 or email, Todd@VeteransBreakfastClub.com
United States breakfast and stories at the MWR Club. Cost $15/person. R.S.V.P. is REQUIRED BY Sept. 2, 2017 to: Veterans Breakfast Club, 200 Magnolia Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Include the names and birth dates of all attendees with a check for $15 per person payable to “Veterans Breakfast Club.” ALL attendees MUST present a valid ID with birthdate to enter the base. Retired military may enter without sending birthdate ahead of time.
 
Veterans' Cafe':
Sept. 15, 2017, 8:30-10 a.m.
Lebanon VA Medical Center, Building 37, 1700 South Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
This event is being held as part of the Lebanon VA's celebration for the 70th anniversary of their first patient admission and will feature the stories of an Army chaplain who served two tours in Iraq with the infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom and an Army Korean War veteran who fought during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir and spent 33 months in a communist POW camp.
Please R.S.V.P. no later than Sept. 11 to 717-272-6621, ext. 4298 or VHALebPublicAffairs@va.gov.
 
Free Making $ense Of Finance Conference Coming Up For Service Members:
Sept. 16, 2017, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA (Franklin County)
Registration and conference information are available at Free Making $ense Conference.
Pennsylvania Military Finance Alliance, a cooperative effort that includes the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, is sponsoring a free one-day conference to educate members of the military and their families on the unique financial and investment decisions they will face.
 
6th Annual March For The Fallen 5K 14-Miler 28-Miler:
Sept. 16, 2017
Fort Indiantown Gap (Lebanon County)
Register.
For questions, email MFTF@GAPMWR.COM
The March for the Fallen is a greater community event hosted by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap to honor the memory of all who have fallen in the defense of our nation.
 

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