March 28, 2021
All veterans, veteran spouses, caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients now have access to VA COVID-19 vaccination services under the SAVE LIVES Act
There are longer, self-congratulatory articles on this elsewhere, but what follows is what you need to know:
On 24 March 2021, the president signed legislation into law expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), following efforts from House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs leaders to improve the vaccine protocol. Read the rest of this entry »
January 12, 2021
We are catching this announcement late. Thought you might want to know. Apparently the announcement went out 16 December 2020. Suspense is 27 January at 2 p.m. for odd reason. Click on the picture to download a complete PDF file with all the necessary details. Funding comes from the donations of citizens and businesses concerned for our veterans. Read the rest of this entry »
November 11, 2020
It is good to see the community step forward to offer help to our veterans in honest ways. The Bethlehem Area Public Library is doing just that through offering to us their resume service.
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September 30, 2020
Are you a business interested in attracting and recruiting servicemembers separating from active duty (veterans)? They are motivated men and women who can help to ensure your success and profitability. However, although often highly skilled, they are not generally credentialed or running around with some unnecessary degree that will bring them to your attention.
The Department of Defense has recognized this deficiency and implemented DoD SkillBridge. It may be worth checking out. But there is another and less restrictive way more suited to your needs to do the same. Consider developing a Registered Apprenticeship Program to overcome the skills barrier. Read the rest of this entry »
June 6, 2020
The piece of information below found on a 4 June Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce “email’er” is probably worth more mention than most as our valley’s community begins the long journey of returning to normal. Considering the importance of employment to job hunters, furloughed employees and employers, it good to see when someone has thought of putting relevant, actionable information all in one place to a particular topic.
Veterans, do not forget that our CareerLink has veterans employment representatives. Insist on speaking to them, if you have not done so and are seeking a job — especially if things are not going well. They can take a more holistic approach towards helping. If they do not, let us know. They are expected to go the extra mile — if you are on the straight-up.
As of 6 June 2020
February 24, 2020
From the Lehigh County Director of Veterans Affairs: “See attached flyer [click on the image to the right] for the upcoming Mental Health First Aid training on April 6. You can register using the attached or visit the website listed on the flyer. There is no cost for the training … Read the rest of this entry »
February 12, 2020
We have already written about the need to participate in the 2020 census, individually or by working as a census taker. The Lehigh Valley did phenomenally poorly last census to its detriment, we have been told.
So, here comes a little more information for those veterans and their friends who have the ability to stand up and assist as temporary employees of the U.S. Census Bureau — and it is not a bad deal financially for the hours worked, either. Read the rest of this entry »
November 25, 2019
As we reported in a 19 September blog, Bethany United Methodist Church located in the Macungie/Wescoville area, intended to conduct two workshops to promote a better understanding of PTSD with the ultimate intention of starting a peer-to-peer support group afterwards.
As a result of those meetings, we have learned that the church has started two of these types of support groups instead: one for male veterans and another for women, whether veterans or spouses or ‘significant others’ — which makes this group unique to the valley when looked at from a veteran’s context. Read the rest of this entry »
November 19, 2019
Momentum for PA VFW’s No Smoking Indoors Campaign Continues to March On
There has been loads of talk these days about improving the well-being of military veterans and their families. But without the well-being of chartered veterans organizations such as the VFW, The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America and others also being maintained, that prospect instantly becomes harder. The veterans benefits we have today were largely hard-earned through these organizations. Read the rest of this entry »
September 19, 2019
It is in the formative stage, but the Bethany Church located in the Macungie area, will be hosting two workshops to promote a better understanding PTSD — with the intention of starting a peer-to-peer support group afterwards, if successful. Led by Scotty Coyle, Pastor of Discipleship and also a current war, combat veteran, the approach is non-clinical, for he is not a clinical psychologist. However, he is an experienced counselor who has studied PTSD treatments.
It is unfortunate that some veterans Read the rest of this entry »