LVMAC Tidbit: The State Veterans’ Commission Seeks More Commissioners. Apply now!

May 6, 2021

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Governor Tom Wolf announced last week that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is seeking veterans to apply for three member-at-large positions on the State Veterans’ Commission, state government’s only official veterans advisory body by statute.

For this iteration, one position must be a woman veteran of any era.  The other two are open to veterans of any era.

The deadline for all applications is 4 p.m. on 30 June 2020.

For more information and, if interested, to apply, click here.


As of 30 April 2021

LVMAC Tidbit: You Are Remembered

April 15, 2021

Little noted, Gold Star Spouse Day was observed on 5 April 2021, but you are not forgotten:

Gold Star spouses eligible for special VA benefits

For more information on how to proceed, your best bet is to see an accredited veterans service officer.


As of 15 April 2021

LVMAC Tidbit: VA Pushing Automated Travel Claims

April 14, 2021

Brand-New Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS)

The Veterans Health Administration is urging those who seek travel reimbursement to use an automated, self-serve system through a newly released, six-part video series. See below. Hopefully they will not abuse those veterans who do not have access to the internet, something that is common in Pennsylvania, especially among the older veterans — but not necessarily so.

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LVMAC Tidbit: PA Dept. of Aging Seminar — Elder Abuse

April 10, 2021

This is not so much a veterans issue as one involving a segment of our citizenry, our elders.  Elder abuse is prevalent in Pennsylvania apparently, or this seminar would not be occurring.  Those who routinely deal with veterans in an official or working capacity should know who to contact if they think an elderly person is being taken advantage of or being abused.  Hosted by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, these seminars are conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

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As of 10 April 2021

LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC opens the gates on COVID-19 vaccinations

March 10, 2021

Good news!  If you are enrolled in the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Centers’ healthcare system, your age or condition no longer matter for getting the COVID-19 Vaccination.  Those not enrolled with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center’s healthcare system will have to do so.  Read the “Background” of the advisory below.  Inquire regardless.  Click on the image to read.

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As of 10 March 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: Pottstown Mini-Stand Down

February 22, 2021

Important as ever in these harsh times:



LVMAC Tidbit: VA works to prevent evictions and foreclosures

February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON —  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will extend the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, as well as extend VA loan forbearance requests, to June 30, because of COVID-19.  The current moratorium extensions for evictions and foreclosures were set to end March 31.  It is the result of the President’s January 22 Executive Order .

VA borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can review VA guidance for borrowers or call 877-827-3702 for additional information.

But what about those who are not using a VA mortgage guarantee as a result of our commonwealth’s failure to extend the evictions ban in August-September?   This resource may be of value:


As of 16 February 2021

LVMAC Tidbit: Have patience with Wilkes-Barre VAMC’s COVID-19 phone system

February 9, 2021

Wilkes-Barre VAMC’s phone system can not meet the demand. Therefore, its director has extended calling hours to 8:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, using the 570-830-7076 phone number. This is no time for frustration, but instead patience.  Unless you live in a cave, you know the system is overwhelmed.


As of 9 February 2021

LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC “Don’t Call Policy” Ends for COVID-19

February 7, 2021

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center has just announced it is issuing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 75 and older under the conditions below.  No doubt because of special storage requirements, the vaccine will only be issued at the Medical Center itself and not from closer outpatient clinics — not exactly the best option for a 75 year old or, for that matter, anyone who lives in the Lehigh Valley.

However, it is a good step forward; and considering the vaccines are free no matter the source, you have more local options already. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC Newsletter

January 20, 2021

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As of 20 January 2021

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