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DMVA Digest

A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
  May 9, 2018
 
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.)
 

White Oak Vet Center Open House: 
- May 25, 2018, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- White Oak Vet Center, 2001 Lincoln Way, Suite 21, White Oak, PA (Allegheny County)
- R.S.V.P. to Lee Wagner at 412-678-7704 or email lee.wagner@va.gov
- White Oak Vet Center invites veterans and their families to join us for an Open House and free BBQ. Event will be held rain or shine.Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 
- May 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
- Patrick’s Pub, 1207 Spring Run Rd. Extension, Coraopolis, PA (Allegheny County).
- .R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or email Lauren@VeteransBreakfastClub.com - please mention DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.
- The VBC is a nonprofit that creates communities of listening around veterans and their stories. Storytelling events, both morning and night, are held throughout western Pennsylvania. Veterans from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan share their stories. They are open to the public, and you don’t need to be a veteran to attend. Free food, cash bar.
Facebook page.
 
Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Night Event: 
- May 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
- Patrick’s Pub, 1207 Spring Run Rd. Extension, Coraopolis, PA (Allegheny County).
- R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or email Lauren@VeteransBreakfastClub.com - Please mention DMVA Digest when you RSVP.
- Free food and cash bar. The VBC is a nonprofit that creates communities of listening around veterans and their stories. Storytelling events, both morning and night, are held throughout western Pennsylvania. Veterans from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan share their stories. They are open to the public, and you don’t need to be a veteran to attend.
Facebook page.
 
Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 
- May 9, 2018, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
- Memorial Park Presbyterian Church, 8800 Peebles Rd., Allison Park, PA (Allegheny County)
- Breakfast is $12 and attending without breakfast is free.
- R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or email Lauren@veteransbreakfastclub.com. Please mention DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.
- The VBC is a nonprofit that creates communities of listening around veterans and their stories. Storytelling events, both morning and night, are held throughout western Pennsylvania. Veterans from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan share their stories. They are open to the public, and you don’t need to be a veteran to attend.
Facebook Page.
 
The Wall That Heals: 
- May 9, 2018, 7 p.m. the opening ceremony and exhibit opens and will remain open for public viewing 24-hours-a-day until 2 p.m., May 13, 2018
- State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- Additional information is available by calling 717-772-0500
- The Wall That Heals exhibition features a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and a Mobile Education Center.
Website.
 
Choose U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA): 
- May 11, 2018, 9 a.m.-noon
- Fort Indiantown Gap, Bldg. 14-99 (Conference Room), Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
- Point of contact: Damon Frantz at 717-861-6357 or email damon.k.frantz.ctr@mail.mil
- The Lebanon VA Medical Center’s Transition and Care Management team will be available to meet with service members and veterans to provide information about VA healthcare, benefits, and services available through the Transition and Care Management Program. No appointment is required. If you wish to enroll, please bring a copy of your DD214.
 
Veterans Symposium Focusing On PTS, Depression, Opioids, Suicide And Family: 
- May 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- The Chapel of the Four Chaplains, 1201 Constitution Ave., Philadelphia Navy Yard-Bldg 649, Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- Point of contact: Christine or Michelle at 215-218-1943 or email Christine@fourchaplains.org or michelle@fourchaplains.org
- Topics being discussed will include how the faith community, veterans advocates and our community respond to the crisis of opioid overdose, mental illness, suicide, depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and how families are responding as well.
Register.
 
Veterans Stand Down: 
- May 12, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon
- 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
- Services available: hot meals, shelter, barbers, clothing, drug & alcohol treatment services, benefits & claims assistance and employment assistance.
 
World War 1 History Symposium: 
- May 12, 2018, 10 a.m.
- U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Dr., Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County)
- For information please call 717-245-3972
- Observing the 100th Anniversary of the First World War (1914-1918), four presentations examine a world calamity that fundamentally changed America. Join an engaging full-day program on the history of the First World War.
Register.
 
Your Money, Your Goals – Free Financial Workshop: 
- May 14, 2018, 1-2:30 p.m.
- CareerLink, 243 Schneider Dr., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- Call 717-273-2090 to pre-register or email tcassell@probepa.org
- Workshop will include topics on budgeting, creative ways to save, the difference between a credit report and credit score, debt reduction information, home purchase options, and one-on-one private counseling available.
Register.
 
Hersheypark Military Appreciation Weekend: 
- May 18-20, 2018
- Hersheypark, 100 Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA (Dauphin County)
- Save 40 percent on tickets and receive free parking during Military Appreciation Weekend.
To receive free parking, show your valid Active & Retired/DOD/Civilian Military ID. Purchase up to 10 discount one-day admission tickets with your military ID at ticketing services the day of your visit. Discount not available online.
 
Cabinet In Your Community: 
- May 18, 2018, 11 a.m.
- University of Scranton, 800 Linden St., Scranton, PA (Lackawanna County)
- R.S.V.P. to Cassandra Coleman at 570-614-2090 or email cacoleman@pa.gov by May 11
- Join the discussion with members of Governor Tom Wolf's cabinet to talk about issues that are important to you and your region
Facebook post.
 
Echo Taps Invite: 
- May 19, 2018, 9 a.m.-noon
- Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Indiantown Gap Rd, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
- To register please email Douglas Wilbourne at dougwilburne@gmail.com
- You are cordially invited to participate in this year's expanded Echo Taps program at Indiantown Gap Cemetery, which takes place on Armed Forces Day. As in previous years, our program will include a trumpet choir tribute at the Pennsylvania Veterans' Memorial at the cemetery immediately after the sounding of Taps.
 
Military And Muscle Car & Truck Show: 
- May 19, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Rain date May 20, 2018)
- PA National Guard Military Museum, T-8-57, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon PA)
- Point of contacts: Jerry at 717-880-2296 or David at 717-943-3885 or email ngotter@comcast.net
- Vehicles all pre-1976 military vehicles or muscle cars and trucks
- Registration is from 9:30-11 a.m. and costs $10. Admission is free for spectators. Free museum tour, silent auction, door prizes, food and drinks available and DJ. Great family fun. Please, no alcohol, weapons or pets.
 

Wills For Heroes: 
- June 2, 2018, 11 a.m.
- Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 5080 Ritter Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland County)
- Point of contact: Gabriele Miller-Wagner at wfh.gmillerwagner@yahoo.com or Hannah Suhr at wfh.hsuhr@gmail.com.
- In partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP and the PBA Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, we are proud to bring the Wills for Heroes program to you. Wills for Heroes is a free and easy service that provides wills, living wills, health care and financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses or partners. Please note that proof of affiliation or DD214 will be requested at the event.
Website. Schedule. The password is: MVAWFH  DMVA News
 
Survey Seeks To Identify Unique Challenges Female Veterans Face In PA :
A report by the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics projects that by 2043 the number of women veterans will increase from about 10 percent to more than 16 percent of all living veterans. With this number on the rise, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has partnered on a survey with the Women Veterans Committee of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Services to identify issues of unique concern to Pennsylvania’s approximately 60,000 women veterans. Read more.
 
Cabinet In Your Community Event At University Of Scranton:
Governor Tom Wolf Cabinet officials from Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of Human Services, Department of Labor & Industry, Department of Aging and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, will gather at the University of Scranton for the Cabinet In Your Community event at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018. Please R.S.V.P. by May 11 to Cassandra Coleman at cacoleman@pa.gov or call 570-614-2090. Facebook post.
 
Share Your Memorial Day Events:
As a service to Pennsylvania’s veteran community, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is committed to sharing information about veteran or military-oriented events being held in Pennsylvania, via the DMVA DIGEST. We encourage you to submit your Memorial Day events, parades and ceremonies. To submit an upcoming Memorial Day 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.). If you have questions about submitting your event, contact Erica Moore at 717-861-9178 or email RA-VA-Newsletter@pa.gov.
 
It's Training Time At Fort Indiantown Gap:
Neighbors of Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County, can expect to hear some rumbling this month, as live-fire training exercises are scheduled. Exercises include: mortars training May 18-20; artillery training May 17-19; and demolitions training May 12-13, 2018. The exercises will happen between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Fort Indiantown Gap is the only live-fire, maneuver military training facility in Pennsylvania. Read more.
 
 
  Around the State
 
Company Founders Offer Veterans Chance To Watch Skydives:
Army veteran Louis Disanti’s heart still beats fast moments before he skydives. And his recent jump at Skydive Pennsylvania in Grove City (Mercer County) was no different. “You just have to overcome the fear, get out there and do it,” Disanti said. "I’m scared when I’m going up, but it’s the best feeling when you get out of the plane.” Read more.
 
Observer Publishing Photographer Shares Stories From Vietnam:
With the passage of half a century since the height of the Vietnam War, many of those who saw action are starting to speak more freely about what they encountered. Retired Observer Publishing Co. (Washington County) photographer Jim McNutt has recorded eight stories, including his own, for the video series “We Were There: Vietnam Memories of the War,” available for viewing on the Peters Township Public Library website. Read more.
 
POW/MIA Service Planned In Chambersburg:
The annual POW/MIA Service of Remembrance will be Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at the Letterkenny Chapel at 2171 Carbaugh Ave., Chambersburg (Franklin County). The service, which will be followed by a rifle salute and the playing of taps, will feature remarks from retired U.S. Army Col. Alexander P. Shine, who is an educator at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. Read more.
 
Salute To Service – Preparing Cathedral Cemetery For Memorial Day:
Memorial Day is still more than three weeks away but veterans groups are already getting ready. Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton (Lackawanna County) is the final resting place for more than 15,000 local veterans and every year, members of an American Legion Post make it their mission to place a new American flag on each grave. The 85-acre cemetery has veterans from the Civil War and Spanish-American War all the way to the present War on Terrorism. Read more.
 
Several Hundred Runners And Walkers Expected To Take Part In 5K Run In Berwyn (Chester County):
All proceeds from the event will be used to maintain the veterans memorials in the townships, provide scholarships to members of veterans’ families and to financially assist individual veterans and their families in need. During the life of the event, more than $200,000 has been raised. Read more.
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Replica Is Coming To Harrisburg – Here's How To See It:
The Wall that Heals, a scaled-down replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is coming to Harrisburg (Dauphin County) this month. The traveling replica has visited more than 600 communities across the nation. The original memorial stands in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will be in Harrisburg from May 9 to May 13 on the State Capitol grounds on the lawn area in front of the Irvis Office Building at Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street. It will be open to the public. Read more.
 
York County Charity Seeks Veteran Who Needs Home:
A Habitat for Humanity house has been sitting empty for one year now. Mark Mattern, the associate director of York Habitat for Humanity, says the home will go to a veteran and their family. Read more.
 
New Efforts To Boost Armed Forces Parade Attendance:
New efforts are being made to get people out to the annual Armed Forces Parade in downtown Scranton (Lackawanna County). Over the years, attendance has dwindled but organizers are hoping to change that. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. outside the Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center on May 19, 2018. Read more.
 
  Across the Nation
 
Veterans Benefits Scam Alert – Beware Of Scammers Impersonating U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Attorneys: 
VA is currently investigating a telephone scam involving an individual or individuals impersonating VA Office of General Counsel attorneys. The perpetrator reportedly calls veterans and requests money to process their claims for benefits. Veterans have been given actual VA attorney names and phone numbers to call back. It is important to know that VA, as a cabinet-level agency of the U.S. government, funded by Congress, will never request payment for carrying out its mission to serve veterans. Read more.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) To Host Facebook Live Event: 
May 10, 2018, 10 a.m. Join Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Connected Care, for a Facebook Live event on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Telehealth Services. During the event, VHA Connected Care Chief Officer Dr. Neil Evans and veteran and Assistant National Communications Director of DAV, Mary Dever, will discuss the wide variety of telehealth services that VA offers in the home, clinic and hospital. Facebook Page.
 
28th Infantry Division Soldier Lectures On Cyber Threats During Gulf Shield One:
Chief Warrant Officer 3 John Mosco demonstrated that challenges can be overcome with tenacity, confidence and a willingness to succeed. Known as an information technology expert, Mosco was one of two soldiers in the Pennsylvania National Guards' 28th Infantry Division considered as candidates to deliver a lecture at exercise Gulf Shield One, in Saudi Arabia which involved 23 Task Force Spartan partner nations. Read more.
 
How Medically-Discharged Vets Can Get A Disability Rating Boost:
Hardeep Grewal was a 29-year-old Air Force computer operations specialist suffering a mild case of pneumonia when he deployed to Saudi Arabia and a series of other Southwest Asian countries in 2003. The staff sergeant stayed ill and returned to the United States "looking like a scare crow," he said. He was diagnosed with asthma, which would require two medications daily for the rest of his life. By December 2004, Grewal was medically discharged with a 10 percent disability rating and a small severance payment. Read more.
 
Philips Joins The U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) And The American Legion In sponsoring The 2018 Nationwide Baby Shower:
As any parent can attest, caring for newborns can be the most trying stage of the child-rearing adventure and even more so for active-duty military and veterans. That’s why Philips is partnering with VA, First Quality Enterprises, the American Legion and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to host 60 baby showers for 2,400 veterans at VA medical center sites around the country in support of the 2018 Nationwide Baby Shower. Read more.
 
Resumes 4 Vets:
In the transition from active duty, there is an obvious need for a veteran-oriented service specializing in professional profile development, starting with a great resume. Website.
 
The U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) And Small Business Administration Team Up To Help Veteran Entrepreneurs:
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services entered into an agreement with the Small Business Administration's Office of Veterans Business Development in 2017 to provide self-employment guidance, assistance and on-the-job training to veterans with disabilities. Read more.
 
Two Nurses Tell Their Stories Of Deployment To Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria:
Last year I had the opportunity to deploy as a volunteer to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. I was deployed for 10 days and had one of the best experiences of my life. I was assigned to the Inpatient Mental Health Unit at the San Juan, Caribbean Veterans Hospital, where I was able to help Puerto Rican veterans and relieve fellow nurses who needed to take care of their family or living circumstances. Read more.
 
U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care Rated Same Or Better Than Private Hospitals:
Veterans receive the same or better care at VA medical facilities as patients at non-VA hospitals according to a recent RAND Corp study. “The RAND study adds to a growing list of research confirming what many veterans and VA employees believe – VA provides high-quality care,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We are constantly striving to improve our care at VA, but this should encourage veterans and the public that VA care is, in many instances, as good as or better than the private sector.” 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
 
Calgon Carbon Corporation Hiring:
Use your valuable military skills and experience in team work, safety and accuracy to land a job making $22.80 per hour. A number of jobs are available in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County). Applications are being accepted until May 12, 2018. Apply.
 
Job & Education Fair:
- May 17, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St., Carlisle, PA (Cumberland County)
- Point of contact: Jeffrey Hanks at 717-245-3684, ext. 4357 or 717-962-5342 or email jeffrey.a.hanks3@mail.mil
- Bring your resume and dress for success. Network with over 100 businesses from central PA and nationwide from all career fields in this event that is open to all military, veterans and civilians.
 
Quick Track Workshop:
- May 18, 2018, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- PA CareerLink, 243 Schneider Dr., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- Call 717-273-2090 to pre-register or email tcassell@probepa.org
- At Quick Track Workshop you will develop a professional resume and cover letter and learn and practice interview techniques. If you land a job you could be eligible to receive a referral to Dress for Success.
- Register.
 
Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair:
- May 30, 2018, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel, 1741 Papermill Rd., Wyomissing, PA (Berks County)
- Point of contact: Kimberly Shaffer at 717-285-8123 or email Kshaffer@OLPEvents.com
- The veterans’ expo will connect active and retired military members of all ages and their families with the benefits and resources available to them. In addition, the job fair will provide an opportunity for veterans and employers to meet face-to-face to discuss available positions. Workshops and seminars will be offered on relevant topics.
- Website.
 
Resource Management Assistant With The U.S. Department Of Agriculture:
- Philadelphia District Office, Office of Field Operations, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Philadelphia, PA. (Philadelphia County)
- The work schedule is fulltime. Flextime and telework may be offered.
- Apply.
 
VA Pharmacy Careers – Interview With Dr. Elaine Twedt:
Meet Elaine Twedt, program manager of the Pharmacy Recruitment and Retention Office (PRRO) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center. Growing up in a family of Air Force, Navy, and Army veterans, Elaine became naturally attracted to a career at VA. A clinical rotation at VA during pharmacy school solidified her decision to join. 23 years later, she still feels VA is where she belongs. Read more.
 
Downtown New Kensington (Westmoreland County) Revitalization Project Expected To Create 40 Jobs:
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak met with representatives from business accelerator Corner Launch Box about plans to create more than 40 new jobs and encourage business and job growth in downtown New Kensington (Allegheny County). "Governor Wolf and his administration has stressed the need for innovative partnerships between state agencies, education and workforce/economic development professionals to create an environment that fosters the creation and develoment of local businesses," said Oleksiak. Read more.
 
Waste Management Hiring Diesel Mechanics:
Waste Management is hiring diesel mechanics in Elizabeth, PA (Allegheny County), and Ambridge, PA (Beaver County)
- Text WASTE to 51893 or call 1-877-220-5627 for more information
- Requirements: must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license, a clean driving record and two years of experience working on inspections, diagnosis and repair of diesel and gas powered equipment and vehicles.
- Apply.
 
  
 

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