Forwards Observer: New Law Expands Vaccine Access for Veterans and Families

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

LVMAC Poster Art 2005There 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 »


Forward Observer: 2020-2021 Veterans Trust Fund Applications Sought

January 12, 2021

LVMAC Poster Art 2005We 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 »


Forward Observer: Pandemic Resume Service for Veterans

November 11, 2020
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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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Forward Observer: Want to hire Veterans? Consider Registered Apprenticeships

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 »


Forward Observer: Some Useful Re-employment Resources

June 6, 2020

LVMAC Poster Art 2005The 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.

CareerLink Lehigh Valley is Here to Help

·     Online Jobs Portal updated daily with positions for Lehigh Valley job seekers and an easy way for employers in the area to add immediate job openings

·     COVID-19 Resources Page (for job seekers and employers)

·     Online Workshops & Resources (for job seekers)

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RJH
As of 6 June 2020


Forward Observer: Mental Health First Aid Course Returns to the Lehigh Valley

February 24, 2020

LVMAC Poster Art 2005From 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 »


Forward Observer: Another Plug for Helping the Census Bureau

February 12, 2020

LVMAC Poster Art 2005We 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 »


Forward Observer: Bethany UM Adds to Its Military Veteran Family Support Services

November 25, 2019

LVMAC Poster Art 2005As 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 »


Forward Observer: Something for Other Veterans Organizations to Consider for Their Own Well-Being?

November 19, 2019

Momentum for PA VFW’s No Smoking Indoors Campaign Continues to March On

LVMAC Poster Art 2005There 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 »


Forward Observer: Bethany Church Launches Effort to Address PTSD and Trauma

September 19, 2019

LVMAC Poster Art 2005It 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 »


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