LVMAC Tidbit: Mall Problems for GWOT Memorial

September 24, 2021

Source: Stars and Stripes

LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre Medical Center Town Hall Tomorrow — Face It!

September 14, 2021

A bit short noticed, but they are now doing it on Facebook during the pandemic:

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LVMAC Tidbit: Agent Orange: What You Need to Know

September 11, 2021

From a VHA Update:

Join VA’s virtual class, Agent Orange: What You Need to Know, and learn about Agent Orange exposure, related health conditions, benefits, and information for Blue Water Navy Veterans.  This free class takes place on Thursday, September 30, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. You can attend through your personal computer, smart phone, or tablet.  

To learn more about this class and sign up, see the class flyer at

You can also sign up by emailing VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center at


As of 9 September 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: Lost a Job Due to the Pandemic?

August 12, 2021

Are You Aware of the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)?

Probably not, but on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched VRRAP on March 11, 2021 for those military veterans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Participating veterans can receive education and training for a broad array of  high-demand occupations , many of which are in high demand in the Lehigh Valley.  Up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates.

For more information on the program and on how to apply, click here.  Alternatively, contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday to speak with a VA education representative.


As of 12 August 2021

LVMAC Tidbit: Iron Pigs Game — Vets, Get Your Free Tickets

July 20, 2021

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As of 20 July 2021

LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC Continues Virtual Town Halls

June 28, 2021

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As of 28 June 2021

LVMAC Tidbit: Chamber Launches Home Painting Program — “Brush-Up Our Veterans”

June 21, 2021

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LVMAC Tidbit: They’re Still Looking for the Right Ones: State Veterans’ Commission Seeks More Commissioners.

June 7, 2021

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The State Veterans’ Commissions’ Nominating Committee announced last week it wants more veterans to apply for three member-at-large positions on the commission, state government’s only official veterans advisory body by statute.

As reported previously, one position must be a woman veteran of any era.  The other two are open to veterans of any era.

Want to make a difference at a time when the State Veterans’ Commission is in the process of reasserting itself?  Have skills and expertise in homelessness, education/training, employment, and/or healthcare?

The deadline for all applications is 4 p.m. on 30 June 2021.

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


As of 5 June 2021

LVMAC Tidbit: Lehigh County Seeks Applicants for the Position of Veterans Service Officer

June 3, 2021

Lehigh County must replace one of its full time veterans affairs employees immediately.   If you have the interest, brains and heart to become an accredited veterans service officer — one of the most sought-after qualifications in the complicated world of veterans affairs services — for the purpose of both assisting veterans in Lehigh County in knowing what benefits are available to them and in applying for them, this is the job you want.  Note that it is not a civil service position.

Location: Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs
Wage Type:  Hourly Rate:  Job Description below
Status: Full Time Wage Plus: N/A

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Forward Observer — Nehmer Decision Comes to Any Vietnam Veteran Exposed to Herbicides

May 19, 2021

VA to readjudicate past claims for possible herbicide exposure

On 14 May, the VA formally announced that military veterans who were previously denied service connection for an herbicide related presumptive condition due to lack of in-country Vietnam service will have their claims automatically readjudicated by VA.  “Readjudication means VA will review the evidence of record and provide replacement decisions in the cases of those who were previously denied service connection benefits,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy.  The review also applies to eligible survivors of deceased Vietnam-era veterans, an issue of significance nowadays due to past VA delays. Read the rest of this entry »

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