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DMVA Digest


A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
 October 25, 2017

  DMVA News
 
18 Pennsylvania Air National Guard Members Return Home From Kuwait:
Eighteen members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard were welcomed home in Dauphin County recently. The members of the 193rd Special Operations Group arrived at Harrisburg International Airport from their deployment in Kuwait. Their families and friends stood together with signs to welcome their loved ones home. Read more.
 
193rd Special Operations Wing Provides Non-Stop Hurricane Relief Support:
The 193rd Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron (SOLRS) and other 193rd Special Operations Wing personnel have been working around the clock since late August to provide air transport, troops, equipment and supplies in support of hurricane relief efforts. Read more.
 
DMVA Temporary Assistance Program:
Did you know, DMVA offers temporary assistance for veterans facing an immediate need for necessities in their life including food, shelter and clothing? To learn more, visit the DMVA Temporary Assistance Program website.
 
  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.)
 
Veteran Farmer Trail Tour: 
Nov. 4, 2017
The Pennsylvania Veteran Farming Project has organized the Veteran Farm Trail to give people a chance to visit a farm and learn how the farmer transitioned from military service to agriculture. Read more.
Trail Map.
VA Insurance Twitter Town Hall: 
Oct. 26, 2017, 2 p.m.
Visit the official Twitter page for the Benefits Administration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
VA Insurance (@VAVetBenefits) will be hosting a Twitter Q&A to discuss life insurance benefits. Use #askVBA to ask your questions.
 
Family Expo Hosted by Representative Matthew Dowling: 
Oct. 28, 2017, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Uniontown Mall, 1368 Mall Run Rd., Uniontown, PA (Fayette County)
Rep. Dowling is inviting you to a Family Expo, focusing on all phases of family life including children, parents, adults, senior citizens, and veterans. Visit with businesses, organizations and government agencies who provide the services that enhance your quality of life. There is no cost to attend and free door prizes will be drawn throughout the day.
Read more.
 
Haunted Hustle 5K: 
Oct. 28, 2017, costume contest, 9:30 a.m., race start time, 10 a.m.
Memorial Lake State Park, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
Online registration ends Oct. 26, 2017.
Proceeds benefit the Pine Tree Association. The Pine Tree Association is a private military organization.
Register.
 
MilitaryShare Starve Hunger - Feed Hope: 
Oct. 30, 2017, 2-5 p.m.
252nd Engineers National Guard Armory, 565 Walters Ave., Johnstown, PA (Cambria County)
Point of contact: Kathy Ross at 717-821-4650 or email Kathy.l.ross.ctr@mail.mil
Registration is required for the free MilitaryShare distribution.
In Cambria County, nearly 25 percent of households receiving food assistance have at least one member who has served in the military. MilitaryShare, a collaborative program of local food banks and the PA National Guard, is desgined to provide fresh, nutritious foods for veterans and military families in need.
 
2017 Franklin County Veteran Expo Scheduled For Next Month: 
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chambersburg Mall, 3055 Black Gap Rd., Chambersburg, PA 17202 (Franklin County)
The event will be hosted by the Franklin County commissioners and the county Veteran Affairs Office and welcomes veterans, active-duty military, and surviving spouses and dependents to ensure that eligible individuals are aware of the benefits they have earned. Read more.
 
 
Veterans Stand Down: 
Nov. 4, 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lackawanna College Scranton Campus, 501 Vine St., Scranton, PA (Lackawanna County)
Point of contact: Sandi Opshinsky at 570-963-6830 or email opshinskys@lackawannacounty.org
The purpose of the Veterans Stand Down is to provide hot meals, clothing, shelter, barbers, employment assistance, benefits and claims assistance, as well as drug & alcohol treatment services to homeless veterans. The program is successful because it brings these services to one location, making them more accessible to homeless veterans.
 
National Cemetery Observes Veterans Day: 
Nov. 5, 2017, 2 p.m., rain or shine
Indiantown Gap National Cemetary, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
Shuttle bus transportation to and from designated parking areas to the cemetery will be provided. Signs will be posted indicating designated shuttle bus and parking areas. There will be limited handicapped parking on the cemetery grounds. Due to limited seating in the PA Veterans Memorial, it is suggested attendees bring lawn chairs.
 
Veterans Day Dessert Social: 
Nov. 8, 2017, 7 p.m.
American Legion Park Social Hall, 118 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, PA (Blair County)
Sponsored by State Rep. Judy Ward and American Legion Post 516 in Hollidaysburg
Keynote Speaker: Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general
All area veterans, family members and friends of veterans are invited to attend this event to pay tribute to veterans for their service to our country.
 
Upper St. Clair Schedules Veterans Day Observance: 
Nov. 10, 2017 at Upper St. Clair Veterans Park (Allegheny County)
The event to honor all branches of the armed forces, also will feature musical performances by Upper St. Clair High School’s marching band and Chanteclairs. The Rev. Valerian Michlik of St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church, will deliver the invocation and benediction. The Marine Corps Color Guard will present the colors and the South Hills Honor Guard will render a gun salute. Read more.Around the State
 
10,000 Free Tickets Available To Veterans And Soldiers For 'Thank You For Your Service' Movie Screenings:
On Oct. 26, Universal Pictures and AMC Theaters will give away up to 10,000 free tickets to U.S. veterans and active-duty military service members for DreamWorks Pictures' “Thank You for Your Service,” at more than 400 AMC locations worldwide. The first 25 service members at each location with valid, government-issued identification who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7 p.m. preview screening. Read more.
 
RHS Wall Of Honor Opening To Public On Select Dates:
Radnor High School in Wayne, PA (Delaware County) is opening its doors to the public on a select number of dates this school year so the community can view the school's award-winning Wall of Honor veterans memorial. The public is invited to see the wall, which commemorates the 57 RHS graduates who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, on six separate dates. Read more.
 
Injured Veteran Getting Western PA’s Second SMART Home:
An injured veteran and his family are getting a new smart home which is under construction in Lawrence County and is designed to make their day-to-day lives a little easier. Read more.
 
Readshaw's Raiders Ride Again, Raising Civil War Memorial Funds:
State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, served as host of his 17th Annual "Ride to Gettysburg" with 473 motorcycle riders participating in the ride from Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County) to Gettysburg, PA (Adams County). "We make the annual trek to support restoration, maintenance and endowment of the Pennsylvania Civil War unit monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield," Rep. Readshaw said. Read more.
 
They Marched 'For The 22' From Washington Crossing To Doylestown:
Area veterans, active duty military members, mothers, doctors and other community members staged a "March for the 22" to raise awareness for the high rate of suicide among U.S. military veterans in Doylestown, PA (Bucks County). During the march that began just after dawn, volunteers, some of whom wore their military uniforms, carried 22-pound packs on their backs while they marched approximately 22 kilometers. Read more.
 
Veterans Honored For Service:
Honesdale, PA (Wayne County) football fans paid tribute to two gentlemen who served their country during the Second World War. Bernie Derrick and Jim Byrnes were feted at a special pre-game ceremony before the Hornets battled West Scranton. This marked the Wayne Highlands School District’s inaugural “Veterans Appreciation Night,” an event many hope will become an annual tradition during football season. Read more.
 
  Across the Nation
 
Summerville Volunteers Plan Veterans' Memorial:
Looking around Summerville (Jefferson County) it occurred to Colleen Cooney that something was missing. There was no veterans’ memorial in the borough. Inspired by her daughter, a veteran of 16 years in the U.S. Air Force, Cooney decided something should be done about filling that vacancy. Read more.
 
VFW Looks To Attract New Members And Challenge Stereotypes:
The VFW is losing its battle for membership with nearly one million fewer members over the past 25 years. The organization prides itself on its work and advocacy for veterans worldwide. Leadership says it must change and recruit new members in order to stay relevant. 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
 
Veterans' Expo & Job Fair Lancaster:
Nov. 2, 2017, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Rd., Manheim, PA (Lancaster County)
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.
Website.
 
Environmental Workforce Training Program - Vet Recruitment:
The Environmental Workforce Training Program provides a comprehensive and realistic curriculum to participants seeking to enter an environmentally-oriented career.
Point of contact: Elizabeth Hughes at 570-823-3445 or email e.hughes@earthconservancy.org
The program offers a sequence of courses designed specifically for individuals looking to enter a career in the environmental, surveying, and construction fields. Website.
 
Junior Business Intelligence Developer Position Seeking Veteran Candidate:
JINETT Inc. would like to hire a veteran who is recently separated or in the process of transitioning to civilian employment, to fill a Junior BI Developer position. Veteran candidate would receive hands on IT training from JINETT’s certified Microsoft trainer and database solutions architect. Consideration for hire would also be given to the spouse of a veteran, when spouse holds an active secret clearance.
Apply.
 
PennDOT Now Hiring Full- And Part-Time Seasonal CDL Drivers:
Now hiring full- and part-time seasonal CDL drivers throughout Pennsylvania. These are temporary positions that can become permanent.
Requirements: Two months experience or graduation from a CDL training school; Class A or B CDL license with air brakes restriction lifted, and medical exam certificate candidates will be subject to a driving skills test as part of the interview process.
Apply.
 
Pennsylvania VFW Is Seeking Candidates For Secretary/Administrative Assistant:
Secretary for the department adjutant
For more information call the state adjutant at 717-234-7927.
To apply, email your cover letter, resume, business writing samples, and contact information to: state adjutant at adjutant@vfwpahq.org or mail it to, PA VFW State HQ, 4002 Fenton Ave., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County) 17109-5943.
Work week up to 35 hours from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Salary to be negotiated during the interview process.
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Red Cross AmeriCorps Positions - Service to the Armed Forces:
Red Cross AmeriCorps has positions available in central Pennsylvania. Duties include:
• Recruit military families to participate in Volunteer Leadership Training
• Train military families as volunteer leaders throughout three cohorts
• Design and develop volunteer projects with military families
• Support the mission and service delivery of the American Red Cross service to the Armed Forces Program as needed
Apply.
 
UPS Job Openings:
The UPS facility in Throop, PA (Lackawanna County) has openings for the following positions:
• Non-strategic collections associate, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Billing associate, Mon-Fri, hours TBD
Point of contact: Jennifer Compton at 570-969-3394 or email jennifercompton@ups.com
The facility is located at 700 Keystone Industrial Park, Throop, PA 18512.
Apply. Please note vacancies are listed as a Scranton, PA Location on the website.
 
Waste Management In Need Of CDL Drivers In Coal Township And Camp Hill:
Text waste to 51893 or call 877-220-5627 for more information.
Requirements: one year of CDL experience within the last seven years, must be at least 21 years old, and must hold a current Class A or B commercial drivers license with air-brake endorsement.
$2,000 sign-on bonus.
Apply.
 
Waste Management In Need Of Heavy Equipment Mechanics:
Text waste to 51893 or call 877-220-5627 for more information.
Requirements: one year of heavy equipment diesel maintenance experience, must be at least 18 years old and must have a driver's license with clean driving record.
Apply.
 
Waste Management Now Hiring In Elizabeth, PA - Energy Services Rolloff Drivers:
Text waste to 51893 or call 877-220-5627 for more information.
Job summary: safely operates a heavy-duty truck to perform assigned duties to meet customer needs.
$2,000 sign-on bonus.
Apply.
 
  

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