On 18 July 2018, Tom O’Rourke of Team RWB, the chairman for the Social Recreational Confederation — LVMAC’s newest coalition — spoke to update the Council on its progress of the program and to explain how the membership can assist it.
The guest speaker for LVMAC’s annual “Salute to the Troops” Banquet has just been announced: Colonel Laura McHugh, who is the current Chief of Staff for the Pennsylvania National Guard will speak.
She began her career by enlisting into the Guard in 1986 with the 1068th MP Company as a supply specialist. She has held numerous diverse positions throughout her 31 year career such as Commander of its Recruiting and Retention Battalion; Chief of the Service Member and Family Support Division Chief; G1 (Logistics) of the Joint Force Headquarters; and Commander of the 213th Regional Support Group. Her most memorable assignment was her time serving as the Commander of the 131st Transportation Company from 1999 to 2004. It is with this command that she deployed to Iraq from February 2003 to May 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning among other awards, a Bronze Star.
They say she can also parachute. Let’s see if she walks with a limp. Come to the event. Tap on the link above to do so.
As of 9 May 2018
Who would’a thunk we would be doing this for fifteen years? The Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council is once again holding its “Salute to the Troops” dinner. The annual banquet will be held on Friday, May 18, starting at 6 PM, at the Holiday Inn on Adrienne Drive in Breinigsville, PA. The event is open to the general public. Read the rest of this entry »
At the 21 February 2018 Council meeting — and among a gamut of topics including its Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS), the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for separating servicemembers, grants for homelessness efforts, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) — Mr. David Cummiskey, Assistant Director in Pennsylvania for the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), introduced the Veterans.gov website. Although we are convinced personalized, pro-active point-of-service can not be overlooked or replaced, this website is a welcomed addition for beginning the transition to civilian employment or, for older veterans, re-employment. It needs more marketing. Read the rest of this entry »
Occasionally, a local business comes to us in hopes of reaching out to our military-veterans community with a benevolent idea of worth not tied to the need to improve their business — in other words, playing their part in supporting those who often selflessly defend us with an act of selfless community-service of their own. Jack Lehr, Inc. is one of these. Its particular focus is on helping those Lehigh Valley families where a spouse has orders for deployment with a year’s worth of heating maintenance services at no charge. The problems and impositions of call-up on the families of reservists are little discussed topics. Jack Lehr “gets it.” Read the rest of this entry »
We want to ensure the word spreads of our Scholarship Program, which has some unique features to it. This long-running program — our oldest — has helped almost 150 recipients since its inception. We therefore ask that our membership help spread word of it. We want to continue to find those we can best help after their return from military service in appreciation of their service to our community and society; and to help provide the quality individuals the junior officer corps of our military always desperately needs. They above, all others, have priority. Read the rest of this entry »
We could use your help from 6 November through 17 November by the mechanism of voting on a Lehigh Valley Community Foundation webpage. As an organization of organization with no paid employees, we do not ask for ourselves, but instead Read the rest of this entry »
The Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter spoke to the Council at its meeting on 18 October on what it is doing for our military and, often, veterans in the Lehigh Valley under its Service to the Armed Forces program. It is revitalizing its activity in this program in our area and asked for LVMAC’s assistance. Read the rest of this entry »
On 16 August 2017, Lyndsey Antanitis from the Rodale Institute spoke to the Council on its relatively new veterans farming initiative. Read the rest of this entry »