March 16, 2017
Mr. Richard Moore, the Chairman of our Scholarship Committee, has announced that the LVMAC scholarship application period started 15 March and will end 31 May 2017. Applications postmarked after 31 May will not be considered.
Some changes have been made to the program for this year. Among them, military veterans’ Title 10 active duty service time after training is a consideration and children who are willing to render military service as junior officers will receive a higher priority for consideration than other categories of children. We wish to promote military service. While the awarding of sixteen scholarships is planned, the actual amount awarded to an individual may be higher than the $1,000 to be expected, depending on the merit of his or her situation. A new procedure has been established for this.
For details and application forms, click here.
As of 16 March 2017
February 8, 2017
At the 18 January Council Meeting, Vice President Michael Vath announced the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation had recently awarded our organization a Community Partnership Grant of $5,000 towards its efforts to assist in eliminating homelessness among our Lehigh Valley veterans. The Foundation, an important and respected part of the warp and woof of this community’s fabric, whose origin lies 1967 with Bethlehem’s 225th anniversary celebration and the donations of school children and steelworkers among others, promotes philanthropy in order to improve the quality of life in our region, encourage collaboration among area philanthropists, and to serve as a source of information and expertise regarding charitable giving.
The funds will be used by the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Action Committee (LVHVAC), an LVMAC coalition whose membership consists of the leading organizations which address the plight of homeless veterans in Lehigh and Northampton counties and are willing to combine their efforts with those of the local Allentown VA Outpatient Clinic’s homeless team, whether or not they are VA contractors. The committee was formed out of the belief that in order to be successful, outreach, assistance and recovery efforts required more integration and the use of a continuum of care approach in the Lehigh Valley. There was also a need for a forum where these organizations could sometimes problem-solve together with the local VA. Read the rest of this entry »
September 25, 2016
A Unique Education to Employment Fair to Occur
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Academics for Veterans (A’s for Vets) had approached and the CareerLink Lehigh Valley has agreed to a joint event, an Education and Employment Fair, at the CareerLink on Union Boulevard, Allentown. It will occur on 10 November 2016 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. It is but another unique offering from A’s for Vets — something for which it is becoming known. This event is open to any veteran seeking education and/or employment. It is not open to the general public. Read the rest of this entry »
September 15, 2016
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Volunteers are needed for the Veterans Reading Brigade. The demand has been increasing and we now have too few volunteers.
The concept is simple. Each reader is provided a book to read to a class of school children. Often the children enjoy asking questions about your military service. The book is then donated to the classroom library. It’s that easy!
This volunteer opportunity requires a minimal time commitment. You can volunteer to read as many or as few times throughout the year as your schedule allows.
If interested, please contact Robin Carmody at 610-972-7371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of 14 September 2016
July 12, 2016
It is good to see a homegrown association such as ours — one born of true, community need — get some recognition because they rarely do. LVMAC is an organization which often works behind the scenes. It does not replace or infringe on other organizations but instead tries to get them to work together in a more integrated fashion, either formally or informally, to the benefit of our military-veterans community. It tries to bring government, businesses, nonprofits and institutions together when appropriate.
It came into existence to work on the subject behind the collective impact model buzzword long before it became all the rage. Frankly, its work can be a tough and tricky proposition, but the end result is often worth it. To repeat, it is nice to be recognized. Thank you, Lehigh Valley Magazine.
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As of 12 July 2016
June 19, 2016
On 1 June 2016 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald had granted “equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation claims processed between 2007 and 2015 … Equitable relief is a unique legal remedy that allows the Secretary to correct an injustice to a claimant where VA is not otherwise authorized to do so within the scope of the law.” Read the rest of this entry »