December 17, 2018
On 30 November, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) announced its ability to provide “Tele-counseling” to those disabled veterans desiring it.
The VA’s Tele-counseling, or virtual communication system, allows the use of any device with a webcam and microphone to communicate with one of its 1,000-plus Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC). This capability reduces travel costs and time for both veterans and VRCs, thereby potentially improving a veteran’s access to necessary VR&E services. “VR&E’s Tele-counseling service is another example of how VA continually modernizes in support of Veterans’ needs … [It provides] personalized, interactive face-to-face services regardless of location”, according to the Secretary of the VA, Robert Wilkie.
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December 15, 2018
Verbatim from the TRICARE.mil website
Missed TRICARE Open Season? There’s Still Time to Act!
If you missed TRICARE Open Season, you still have time to enroll. For this year only, you can enroll in or change your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select plan through Dec. 31, 2018 for coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2019. You may also change your type of enrollment, like switching from individual to family coverage. Read the rest of this entry »
December 10, 2018
The Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center will hold a Town Hall at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, at the Allentown VA Outpatient Clinic, 3110 Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown. Its purpose is to give an opportunity to veterans to meet with top officials and ask questions which concern them and others.
Source: “Veterans, here’s your chance to talk face-to-face with top VA officials”, Morning Call, 10 December 2018
As of 10 December 2018
November 25, 2018
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This Christmas, Nazareth Life Church Ministries will be granting some Christmas wishes for local veterans, active military and their families. It will also hold a Christmas Party for them at the Blue’s event center in Bethlehem on December 20th between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to express its appreciation for all they have done and to give out the gifts. If you know of a local veteran we can bless, please complete the form no later than the December 7th deadline.
As of 21 November 2018
Correction, 26 Nov: 20 Dec. event is 6-8 p.m., not 6-8 a.m.
November 24, 2018
The following is an excerpt from the minutes of the monthly VISN-4 veterans service organizations’ conference call in November. It addresses the issue of suicides among veterans:
In September, VA released national and state-level findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data, from 2005 to 2016. The analysis is part of VA’s ongoing examination of non-Veteran and Veteran death records that is being used to evaluate and improve VA’s Suicide Prevention Program. Read the rest of this entry »
November 24, 2018
On 20 November, LVB.com (a media product of Lehigh Valley Business) reported, “The trucking industry has a shortage of drivers, and many military veterans get out of the service and struggle to find the right job to be their second career.” The article stated Mack Trucks is donating one of its locally manufactured Anthem Trucks to the American Trucking Association to help recruit and hire veterans into the trucking industry.
The “Education and Talent Supply Report” recently released by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation suggests Read the rest of this entry »