The Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center is returning on 14 June 2017 to conduct its third Community Town Hall in the area since the establishment of the quarterly requirement a couple of years back. It is part of an attempt by the VA to regain the trust among the veterans it serves. Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center services 19 counties, to include one in New York. The service area requires distributing the quarterly meetings over a wide area or we would have more of these useful events. For details, see: Read the rest of this entry »
Register for 9 June Event Now
Although originally created to address a Pennsylvania Guard “Family” need, the program has application to veterans and their families as well. In fact, the Pennsylvania’s Department of Banking and Securities is offering the event to both groups. Click here to go directly to the registration site. After attending, give us your feedback. Perhaps an event can be arranged in the Lehigh Valley in the future, if we hear good words about it. Read the rest of this entry »
During Military Appreciation Month, Operation Homefront is asking for your help in various ways to recognize our military families and thank them for their service. It is more than about fundraising.
As a note, this is one national organization with a primary mission of serving military families (and recently disabled veterans) that has actually helped Lehigh Valley families through its programs; and it manages its money well. We believe that for any veterans or veterans-related organization to have relevancy to our area, it needs boots on the ground. This one does. It regularly attends our meetings and its local field office is Souderton. It just happens it is also looking for a new Lehigh Valley coordinator.
As of 17 May 2017
From: Jones, Samuel
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:29 PM
Subject: Vet Intel and New JPs 5 18 17
May 29th is Military Appreciation Day at Coca Cola Park and LTC (RET) Frank D. Nacci, of Nacci printing, has graciously given me tickets to share with fellow veterans and their families. The game is May 29th at 1:35, if you are interested in obtaining tickets please e-mail me your full name and the number of tickets you would like. I will respond and let you know when you can pick them up.
Veterans Employment Representative
CareerLink Lehigh Valley
As of 18 May 2017
The Veterans Choice Program has been beset with problems. While the program is actually improving, a phone scam has now occurred to add to the VA’s and clients’ frustrations with the program. Someone is after your credit card number. Why would the VA be asking that?
See below. One key thing to remember is that while many VA numbers start with 1-800, not all do, and the Veterans Choice Program is one of them — it uses a 1-866 prefix.
What was not mentioned is Alexander Alex, the co-chair of our Healthcare in Our Community initiative, pressed for a health delivery system similar to TRICARE, the Department of Defense healthcare system. See also yesterday’s blog article on the extension of the Veterans Choice program.
As of 14 April 2017
May be heavily hospital-oriented initially, but it is also a way to feed new thoughts to the staff about customer service and events elsewhere. A vast portion of their activities are outside that pleasure dome known as Wilkes-Barre VA Hospital.
Yes, it is an old idea with a face lift, but it may now be worth a shot. The VA is changing.
The statement “Ability to see beyond his/her own personal experience,” is key. If you are going to talk about yourself first, you are not looking out for others.
As of 20 April 2017