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VA amends regulations on VA pension and other needs-based programs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently amended its regulations governing entitlements to VA pension and Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, which are need-based programs.   
“The amended regulations bring consistency to the pension process and ensure benefits are available for Veterans and survivors with financial need,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “They will help maintain the integrity of and provide clarity to our needs-based pension program.” 
VA’s pension program provides monthly benefit payments to eligible wartime Veterans and their survivors with financial need.
The pension regulations, which were updated Oct. 18, cover the following:

  • Establish a clear net-worth limit for income and assets for Veterans to qualify for pension, 
  • Establish a 36-month look-back period to review asset transfers at less than fair market value that reduce net worth and create pension entitlement, 
  • Establish up to a five-year penalty period to be calculated based on the portion of the covered assets that would have made net worth excessive, and
  • Updates medical expense definitions for consistency with VA internal guidelines.

The changes are intended to ensure VA only pays benefits to those Veterans with a genuine need. 
For more information on VA’s pension program, visit www.benefits.va.gov/PENSION/.

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DMVA Digest


A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
October 31, 2018


 DMVA News 

DMVA To Host Open House At Southwestern Veterans' Center In Pittsburgh: 
You're invited to an open house at Southwestern Veterans' Center in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) from Noon-3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Take a tour, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments, participate in activities and experience the comradery of fellow veterans. Read more.

DMVA To Host Open House At Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center In Scranton: 
You're invited to an open house at Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center in Scranton, PA (Lackawanna County) from Noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Take a tour, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments, participate in activities and experience the comradery of fellow veterans. Read more.

DMVA To Host Open House At Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home In Erie: 
You're invited to an open house at Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home in Erie, PA (Erie County) from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Take a tour, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments, participate in activities and experience the comradery of fellow veterans. Read more.

DMVA's Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home Is Hiring For CNA, LPN And RN: 
Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home, Erie (Erie County), is hiring for CNA, LPN and RN positions. Come to an Open House on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, from 2-5 p.m. at 560 E. 3rd St., Erie, PA. The open house will feature tours, refreshments, and the opportunity to apply in person. Candidates unable to attend may apply online at Website. Contact Victoria Krueger at 814-878-4974 or email vkrueger@pa.gov. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.

 Around the State 

Centenarian Honored By American Legion: 
Paul Yeneral celebrated his 100th birthday on Oct. 30, 2018. But to him, it was just another Tuesday. Surrounded by friends, family and fellow veterans, Yeneral was recognized during a ceremony at American Legion Post 981 in South Greensburg (Westmoreland County). Yeneral said he was surprised by all of the attention but thanked everyone who came out in his honor. “I never questioned the fact that he would be 100,” his nephew Tom Yeneral said as his uncle laughed and cracked jokes with the Post 981 members who came to honor him. Read more.

Funeral Announcement For Sailor Killed During WWII: 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of Navy Aviation Radioman 3rd Class Walter E. Mintus, 22, of Portage, PA, accounted for from World War II, are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. On July 27, 1944, Mintus was a radioman aboard a torpedo bomber from U.S. Navy Torpedo Squadron Fifty One (VT-51). Mintus’ aircraft was the lead of four Avengers on a mission targeting the Japanese base at Malakal Harbor. The aircraft was last observed three to five miles ahead of the other aircraft, at the beginning of the attack. Read more.

New Bills Benefiting Farmers And Veterans Signed Into Law: 
Bills introduced by Sen. Michele Brooks to give northwestern Pennsylvania farmers a stronger voice in Harrisburg and to increase assistance to Pennsylvania veterans were signed into law. Senate Bill 1171 modifies membership of the Nutrient Management Advisory Board by increasing the number of farmers from five to six and requiring that each of the Department of Environmental Protection’s six regions, including the northwest, is represented. Also signed into law was Senate Bill 945, Senator Brooks’ bill to allow Pennsylvanians who are renewing their vehicle registration for a two-year period to double their contribution to the Veterans Trust Fund from the current $3 amount to $6. Read more.

Sankey Schedules November Veterans Outreach Events: 
Veterans who live in the 73rd Legislative District are encouraged to take advantage of a service being offered by state Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria) in cooperation with the Pennsylvania American Legion. “It’s been great to see the veterans in our area already taking advantage of this service,” Sankey said. “We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for all they have done for us, and this is just one way we can begin to repay that debt.” Read more.

Joining The National Guard Can Help Lead To Military Occupations: 
Joining the National Guard can have benefits you may not know about. In the central Pennsylvania area alone, there are a number of military occupations one could work at while being a member of the Guard. Watch video.

Female Veteran's Day Nomination Form: 
Each year during Women’s History Month in March, the Pennsylvania Commission for Women hosts a Female Veterans Day Ceremony at the governor’s residence in Harrisburg in which women veterans from around the state are recognized for their selfless service and sacrifice for our country. Eligible candidates for consideration must be a current resident of Pennsylvania and have served a minimum of four years in the U.S. Military. Nominations must be received no later than Feb. 1, 2019. If you know a woman veteran deserving of this honor, please submit a nomination using this https://www.governor.pa.gov/submit-nomination-pennsylvania-female-veterans-day/>Online form.

 Across the Nation 

Remains Of MIA Airman Repatriated After 53 Years: 
On Aug. 13, 1965, a flight of RC F-101 Voodoo reconnaissance jets roared in the mid-day skies over Son La, North Vietnam near the Laotian border. In the lead, was Lt. Col. Fredric M. Mellor of the United States Air Force Reserve. It was a particularly unlucky Friday the 13th, as enemy fire raked his Voodoo forcing him to eject. For decades, Mellor’s true fate remained a mystery. He was marked as “missing in action,” one of more than 2,600 U.S. service personnel unaccounted for during the Vietnam War. Read more.

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) Joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership: 
The VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals announced it is advancing employment opportunities for military spouses by joining the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). MSEP is a career program connecting military spouses with more than 390 affiliated employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. Read more.

Vietnam Veteran – It Takes A Hero To Ask For Help: 
Pierre Williams was a young Marine whose job as a “tunnel rat” was to ferret out any North Vietnamese soldiers. There were poisonous snakes and danger around every corner. With the help of cognitive behavior therapy and prolonged exposure therapy at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, FL, Williams is learning to get past the pain. Williams suffered from nightmares, intrusive thoughts and flashbacks for years before reaching out for help in 2009 and learning he had post-traumatic stress. Read more.

View Your X-rays Online With My HealtheVet: 
X-rays, mammograms, CT scans and MRIs can be viewed in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) My HealtheVet's newest feature, medical images and reports. As part of the blue button choices available to veterans with a premium account, veteran patients can view and download many of their medical images and reports online. They can be downloaded and then shared with their doctors inside and out of the VA health care system. The VA medical images and reports feature is a new way to access your information online, instead of traveling to a VA facility to pick up copies of images and reports in-person. 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: 
- Nov. 1, 2018, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
- This combined event is FREE for veterans of all ages, active military and their families.
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Job Fair: 
- Nov. 9, 2018, 9-9:30 a.m., veterans only; 9:30 a.m.-Noon all job seekers
- PA Careerlink Lebanon County, 243 Schneider Dr., Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- Any questions call 717-274-2554
- The first in a series of industry-specific job fairs.

Wolf Administration Announces New Apprenticeship For Manufacturing Careers In Mifflin And Juniata Counties: 
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced a new apprenticeship program for manufacturing careers has been approved in Lewistown (Mifflin County), underscoring the Wolf Administration’s commitment to expanding apprenticeships, increasing the skilled workforce and attracting more businesses to Pennsylvania. The apprenticeship for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters is sponsored by The Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology, in partnership with Meeker Equipment Company in Belleville (Mifflin County) for its on-the-job training. Read more.

Veteran Job Fair: 
- Nov. 14, 2018, 3-6 p.m.
- 32 E. Union St., Wilkes-Barre, PA (Luzerne County)
- Point of Contact: Jessica Butler at 570-822-1101 or email jesbutler@pa.gov 
Register. 
- Event is free!

PA Soldiers' & Sailors' Home – Job Open House Hiring For CNA, LPN And RN's: 
- Nov. 16, 2018, 2-5 p.m.
- Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home, 560 E. 3rd St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- Point of contact: Victoria Krueger at 814-878-4974 or email vkrueger@pa.gov 
- Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home, Erie (Erie County), is hiring for CNA, LPN and RN positions. The open house will feature tours, refreshments, and the opportunity to apply in person. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.
- Candidates unable to attend may apply online at employment.pa.gov.

The Rehancement Group Is Hiring: 
The Rehancement Group values the expertise and fresh perspective experienced professionals bring to the organization. Experienced professionals are recruited across a wide range of roles, business areas, and regions. A global presence, variety of work assignments, and business strength help to make the company one of the most dynamic companies in the Washington metropolitan area. Website.

The GBS Group – Employment Opportunities: 
- The GBS Group is hiring at its Philadelphia location, 150 Rouse Blvd., Ste. 200, Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- Point of contact: Brandi Epps at 757-807-8744 or email BrandiEpps@theGBSGroup.us 
- Please click on the job title for more information, and apply from the website if you are interested.
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 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.)

Franklin County Veterans' Expo: 
Franklin County, PA, government will hold its fourth annual veterans’ expo on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chambersburg Mall. More than 60 vendors will be in attendance, including representatives from the Martinsburg WV Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the VA regional office in Philadelphia. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided, and the Chambersburg Area Senior High School Choristers are scheduled to perform for lunchtime entertainment. Those attending can learn more about two new programs offered by the Franklin County Department of Veteran Affairs: Read more.

U.S. Army Women's Museum Grand Re-Opening: 
- Nov. 1-3, 2018
- U.S. Army Women's Museum, 2100 A Ave., Fort Lee, VA (Prince George County)
- Join in celebrating the opening of new exhibits!
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Open House At Southwestern Veterans' Center: 
- Nov. 2, 2018, Noon-3 p.m.
- Southwestern Veterans' Center, 7060 Highland Dr., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- Point of contact: Lilian Bosh at 412-665-6782 or email lbosh@pa.gov 
- Take a tour, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments, participate in activities and experience the comradery of fellow veterans. Southwestern Veterans' Center is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
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Military Appreciation First Friday: 
- Nov. 2, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
- Downtown State College, culminating on the 100 block of South Fraser St., State College, PA (Centre County)
- In partnership with Penn State University and Military Appreciation Week, November’s First Friday will celebrate the contributions of our service members, veterans and their families. Military vehicles and organizations, live performances and military discounts at participating businesses. Downtown State College will provide free parking validations for the Fraser Street Garage to all military service members and veterans. This event helps support the Penn State University Military Student Fund, offering financial assistance to military-affiliated students as a needs-based scholarship.
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Veterans Appreciation Breakfast: 
- Nov. 3, 2018, doors open at 7:45 a.m.
- Upper Perkiomen High School, Two Walt Rd., Pennsburg, PA (Montgomery County)
- Veterans may register themselves and one guest by contacting Senator Mensch's office at 215-541-2388 or Online. 
- Seating is limited. Montgomery County veterans can bring their DD-214 and a photo ID to receive a veterans photo ID card. Bucks County veterans can obtain information on getting their veterans photo ID card by contacting the Bucks County Military Affairs at 215-345-3307; Berks County can obtain information by contacting the Berks County Recorder of Deeds office at 610-478-3380.

Perry County Memorial Wall Dedication Ceremony: 
- Nov. 3, 2018, 1 p.m.
- 100 S. State St., Marysville, PA (Perry County)
- Point of contact: Laura Steele at 717-514-9695
- This memorial wall will list all men and women from Perry County, PA, who have been killed in action since WWI, and honor their families and veterans.
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial: 
- Nov. 4, 2018, 2 p.m.
- 2501 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA (Bucks County)
- Point of contact: Ed Sabol at 215-486-7042 or email delawarevalleyvietnamveterans@gmail.com 
- Free event open to the public!
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Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) At Night: 
- Nov. 5, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
- Spoonwood Brewing, 5981 Baptist Rd., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or Lauren@VeteransBreakfastClub.com. Please mention DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.
- Free food, cash bar. The VBC is a non-profit 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.
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Veterans Salute Breakfast: 
- Nov. 9, 2018, 9 a.m., registration starts at 8 a.m.
- Community College of Beaver County (inside CCBC Dome), 1 Campus Dr., Monaca, PA (Beaver County)
- Point of contact: Leslie Tennent at 724-480-3561 or email Leslie.Tennant@ccbc.edu. To reserve your spot, contact rsvp@ccbc.edu or 724-480-3561 by Nov. 3, 2018.
- Hosted by Community College of Beaver County and State Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. and media partner WQED. Breakfast and resource fair for veterans and current military members. Open to all past and present military members. You and your first guest can attend for free. Additional guests are $5 each. Additional guests can pay the day of the breakfast.

Making $ense of Finance Workshop: 
- Nov. 9, 2018, 9 a.m.-Noon
- Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 South Queen St., Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
- Point of contact: call 717-783-4247 or email informed@pa.gov 
- Open to the public. Learn more about: investing basics, building your cash snowball, budgeting for all ages, how to build wealth not debt, scam busters and more. Participants will have a chance to win raffle prizes for attending and participating in the conference. Space is limited and registration is required.
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Legal And Domestic Relations Clinic: 
- Nov. 9, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 South Lincoln Ave., Building 18, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- For more information contact Sarah Primak at 717-926-0872
- Clinics are presented by the PA Bar Association, Lebanon County Domestic Relations and Dauphin County Domestic Relations. Veterans with legal and or domestic relations issues in all counties are welcome to attend. Please bring any and all documentation pertaining to your legal situation. Attend to find out more information on legal/domestic relation issues including: expungement; pardon; Social Security; unemployment compensation; public benefits; housing; bankruptcy; custody and visitation; child support orders; divorce; elder law; and, appeals.

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) At Night: 
- Nov. 9, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
- Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Rd., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or Lauren@VeteransBreakfastClub.com. Please mention the DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.
- To celebrate Veterans Day, Pets for Vets at Animal Friends in partnership with the VBC is hosting a special event “Welcome Home: Veterans Share Stories of Returning from War.” This community conversation will include a diverse group of panelists talking about the joys and trials, the good and the bad, of reintegrating back into civilian life from military service. Hors d’ouevres, dessert and refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. The panel discussion begins at 7 p.m.
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Annual Veterans Recognition Breakfast With Rep. Greg Rothman: 
- Nov. 10, 2018, 8-10 a.m.
- Hampden Township Recreation Building, 5001 Hampden Park Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland County)
- Register by calling 717-975-2235 or email Kaytee at kmoyer@pahousegop.com 
- This is a FREE event!
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Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) Morning Event: 
- Nov. 10, 2018, 8-11 a.m. Breakfast and keynote address to begin at 9:30 a.m., VBC storytelling until 11 a.m.
- Duquesne University Student Union (Union Ballroom), 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County). Free bus transportation at 7 a.m. from: Comfort Inn,699 Rodi Rd., Pittsburgh, PA; Crowne Plaza, 164 Fort Couch Rd., Pittsburgh, PA; and Mt. Nebo Road Park n’ Ride, Exit 68 off I-79.
- R.S.V.P. by Nov. 5, 2018, via email to Todd@VeteransBreakfastClub or regular mail to Veterans Breakfast Club, 200 Magnolia Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Include your name, phone number and pickup location. Please mention DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P. Duquesne University Veterans Day Breakfast. The VBC is receiving donated tables from the Veterans Leadership Program, Friends of Danang ,and Shepherd’s Heart. Those attending with the VBC attend for free. Todd DePastino, the executive director of the VBC, is the keynote speaker about the history and meaning of Veterans Day.
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Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony In Erie: 
- Nov. 10, 2018, parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Veterans Stadium, E. 26th St., Erie, PA (Erie County) and marches south on State Street ending at the Erie VA Medical Center. Ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Elementary School located across the street from Erie VAMC.
- Interested in marching in the parade? Call 814-866-9565 to sign up today!
- The Erie VA Medical Center and DAV Chapter #73 will host an annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony.
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17th Annual Berks County Veterans Appreciation Dinner And Dance With Military Hall Of Fame Induction: 
- Nov. 10, 2018, 4-10 p.m.
- Wilson High School, 2601 Grandview Blvd., West Lawn, PA (Berks County)
- Point of contact: Dale Derr at 484-824-2021 or email veterans@countyofberks.com 
- Tickets are $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Boscov’s department stores in Berks County or by sending a check made out to Berks County Veterans Appreciation Committee to Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs, 726 Cherry St, Reading, PA.

Veterans Day & Armistice Day 100th Anniversary: 
- Nov. 11, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Arrive at 10:30 for 11 a.m. ceremony.
- VFW Post 979, 6736 Marshall Rd., Upper Darby, PA (Delaware County)
- Point of contact: Chaplain Justin Cohen at 610-931-7182 or email ChaplainCohen@gmail.com 
- Nov. 11, 2018, 11 a.m. marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The Drum & Bugle Corps will be playing music from the WWI era. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
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Berks County Veterans Day Ceremony: 
- Nov. 11, 2018, 11 a.m.
- City Park, War Memorials, 1246 Hill Rd, Reading, PA (Berks County)
- Point of contact: Dale Derr at 484-824-2021 or email veterans@countyofberks.com 
- Event will take place rain or shine.

Veterans Association Of Easttown And Tredyffrin Township Veterans Day Ceremony: 
- Nov. 11, 2018, 11 a.m.
- 655 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, PA (Chester County)
- Point of contact: Beau Choate at 610-312-6409 or email BerwynVeterans@gmail.com 
- The event is free and welcome to all.
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State Museum To Honor World War I Centennial With Veterans Day Bell Ringing And Uniform Display Opening: 
- Nov. 11, 2018, 11 a.m., the tolling of its full-size replica Liberty Bell, originally exhibited at the 1964 World’s Fair; Noon, the museum will open Dressed for Service: Pennsylvanians in the Great War
- The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St, Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- The State Museum of Pennsylvania will honor the centennial of the end of World War I on with a ceremonial bell ringing and the opening of a new display.
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Veteran's Recognition Service And Brunch In Lycoming County: 
- Nov. 11, 2018, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport, PA (Lycoming County)
- Please call the church at 570-323-4604 with any questions. Reservations are welcome but not necessary.
- Pine Street United Methodist Church is hosting the 2nd Annual Veteran's Recognition Service and Brunch in honor of Bill McKay. This event is open to the public and all veterans, family, and friends are welcome. A special church service will begin at 11 a.m. with a free catered brunch following. All veterans in attendance will receive a small gift from the church.
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Open House At Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center: 
- Nov. 11, 2018, Noon-3 p.m.
- Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA (Lackawanna County)
- Point of contact: Sarah Butler at 570-961-4348 or email sabutler@pa.gov 
- Take a tour, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments, participate in activities and experience the comradery of fellow veterans. Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
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Operation Legacy Philadelphia - A Community Service Project Dedicated To Several Local Military Heroes: 
- Nov. 11, 2018, Noon-4 p.m.
- 2301 Wharton St., Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
- Point of contact: Charlie Elison at 215-971-8664 or email charlie.elison@travismanion.org 
- The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) hosts Operation Legacy service projects, dedicated to fallen heroes, across the country. One of the large scale projects occurs in South Philadelphia on Veterans Day. Register by Nov. 2, 2018, to guarantee a TMF Operation Legacy t-shirt. Attendees may also register in person.
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Indiantown Gap National Cemetery 36th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony: 
- Nov. 11, 2018, 2 p.m.
- Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
- Co-sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars and PA Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs.
- Public invited! Ceremony held rain or shine.

Concord Township American Hero Memorial 2018 Veterans Day Ceremony: 
- Nov. 11, 2018, 3 p.m.
- 683 Smithbridge Rd., Glen Mills, PA (Delaware County)
- Point of contact: Marty Frick at 610-361-9397 or 610-329-3096 or email mfrick@comcast.net 
- Free event! No registration required. Main speaker is U.S. Navy LCDR (ret.) Robert Lion Ceremony includes reading of names of veterans on the Memorial's bricks, taps played by Bugles Across America, and participation by local first responders, state police, and veterans posts.

The Central Pennsylvania African-American Military Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: 
- Sunday, Nov. 11, 3-6 p.m.
- Scottish Rite Cathedral, 2701 N. Third St., Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)
- For information, contact Bryan Wade at 717-601-9314
- Veteran and Harrisburg native Bryan Wade realized a lack of recognition of African-American veterans lives and contributions from WWI to Vietnam. In honor of these veterans, Wade created and will host Pennsylvania’s first anniversary of The Central Pennsylvania African-American Military Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The event is free.
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A Musical Celebration of Peace – Reading Choral Society Celebration Of Military Veterans And Remembrance Of 100th Anniversary Of WWI Armistice Day: 
- Nov. 11, 2018, 4 p.m. at Muhlenberg Township High School, Laureldale, PA (Berks County) and Nov. 13, 2018, 4 p.m. at Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA (Berks County)
- Point of contact: Reading Choral Society at 610-898-1939
- Free tickets to veterans. Call ahead for Will Call pick up.
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Arooga’s To Thank Veterans With Free Meal: 
- November 12, 2018, in observance of Veterans Day, all day
- Arooga’s Grille House and Sports Bar, at all Pennsylvania locations
- All veterans and troops will receive one complimentary item from a fixed menu which includes some of Arooga’s favorites such as their famous Buffalo Pretzel, Arooga’s chopped salad, sriracha chicken caesar salad, bbq pulled pork sandwich (served with fries, chips, or coleslaw), grilled cheese and creamy tomato basil soup, spicy Italian wrap or sub (served with fries, chips, or coleslaw), original boli, and, of course, their world famous boneless wings (10) tossed in any one of their more than 30 sauce creations.
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City Of Latrobe Veterans Day Observance: 
- Nov. 12, 2018, assemble 9:30 a.m., parade starting time is 10 a.m., ceremony immediately starts following the parade at Memorial Plaza
- The parade will move promptly at 10 a.m. from the corner of St. Clair and Ligonier Streets and ceremony will follow at Memorial Plaza on Memorial Dr. Latrobe, PA (Westmoreland County)
- Point of contact: Barry Novosel at 724-537-6061 or email latrobelegion515@gmail.com

Clarion University Veterans Day Ceremony: 
- Nov. 12, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
- Streets on Main South (Room 9A/9B), 840 Wood St., Clarion, PA (Clarion County)
- Point of contact: Dan Smith, LtCol USMC (Ret), at 814-393-2022 or email dasmith@clarion.edu 
- The guest speaker for the ceremony will be Brandon Rumbaugh, Sgt USMC (Ret). Brandon is a double amputee from his service in Afghanistan. Brandon is a motivational speaker who offers a message of strength through overcoming obstacles. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Immediately following the ceremony will be a luncheon at the Clarion University cafeteria. The luncheon will be free to all veterans.

Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) At Night: 
- Nov. 12, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
- Threadbare Cider House, 1291 Spring Garden Ave., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- R.S.V.P. to 412-623-9029 or Lauren@VeteransBreakfastClub.com. Please mention DMVA Digest when you R.S.V.P.
- Free food, cash bar. A panel discussion will focus on continuing service after leaving the military. 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.
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The Spa At Willow Pond Is Celebrating All Veterans: 
- Nov. 13, 2018, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- The Spa at Willow Pond, 1487 Old Lancaster Pike, Reading, PA (Berks County)
- Contact The Spa at Willow Pond at 610-406-5733 for an appointment for a free stress treatment. Normally $55.
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Open House At Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home: 
- Nov. 16, 2018, 2-6 p.m.
- Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home, 560 East Third St., Erie, PA (Erie County)
- Point of contact: Laurie Rice at 814-878-4939
- Take a tour, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments, participate in activities and experience the comradery of fellow veterans. Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
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AMVETS Warrior Transition Workshop: 
- Nov. 16-18, 2018, program starts Friday evening, registration from 5-7 p.m., program ends Sunday at 3 p.m.
- Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1601 Valley Forge Rd., Valley Forge, PA (York County)
- For more information call 610-952-2595 or email Nancy@freedomandhonor.org 
- The AMVETS Warrior Transition Workshop was designed by those who have been where you are. Based on leadership and breakthrough thinking models, this workshop will give you new empowering ways of understanding and incorporating your experience. It’s not talk therapy, it’s hands-on. Workshop, accommodations and meals are sponsored by AMVETS. There is a $35 registration fee to secure your spot. Transportation is not included and parking is free.
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Rededication Of WWII Submarine Memorial: 
- Nov. 17, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
- Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Section 24C, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
- The Submarine Veterans of the United States Keystone Base will rededicate the World War II Submarine Memorial with a ceremony of remembrance along with a “Tolling of the Boats” and military honors.
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Veterans’ Celebration Hosted By State Rep. Rosemary M. Brown – 189th Legislative District: 
- Nov. 17, 2018, Noon-3 p.m.
- Middle Smithfield Elementary School, 5180 Milford Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA (Monroe County)
- Point of contact: Linda Meglio at 570-420-8301 or email Lmeglio@pahousegop.com 
- Pre-registration is required! This is a free event offered to our area veterans to celebrate and thank them for their service. There will be food and vendors offering veterans services as well as complimentary haircuts, hand massages, foot massage therapy, etc.

A Healthier Mind Is A Happier Life Conference: 
- Nov. 18, 2018, pre-conference, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 19-20, 2018, conference
- The Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey, PA (Dauphin County)
- Point of contact: Sharon Engdahl at 717-343-4945 or 717-957-3432 or email info@americanmentalwellness.org or mwaa@mentalwellnessawareness.org 
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