LVMAC News — Red Cross Speaks to the Council

October 19, 2017

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 »

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Forward Observer — LVHN’s MAVRIC Opens on 10 November

October 17, 2017

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Yet another glitzy and confusing acronym has appeared on the veterans scene:  MAVRIC, which stands for “Military and Veterans Information/Resource Center.”  But as our combat buddy, Bill Shakespeare, once said, “What’s in a name?  that which we call a rose … By any other word would smell as sweet …”  And, indeed,  this one smells sweet.  To fanfare Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit –VA Photo ID Cards (Proof of Service/Business Discount Cards) for All (Actually Most) Veterans Coming in November | Military.com

October 15, 2017

A VA official on Wednesday confirmed the cards are on track to be available nationwide starting in November.

Source: VA Photo ID Cards for All Veterans Coming in November | Military.com

Editor’s Note:  This a result of the Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015.  The card cannot be used as proof of eligibility to any federal benefits, entitlements and services; and it does not grant access to military installations.  It only establishes an honorably discharged veteran served in the armed forces (although we cannot find where the law specifies one must be honorably discharged).  Therefore, essentially their primary value lies in obtaining business discounts — that is, “goods, services and promotional activities” offered by the private and public sector.  Although the law specifies the VA shall charge for this service (one could consider it an off-mission burden), the Department of Veterans Affairs has said it will not.  Note that military exchanges will offer their online services to any veteran with an honorable discharge as of 11 November 2017.  Serendipity?

For more information on the law, see https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr91/text

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As of 4 October 2017


LVMAC News — Rodale Institute Speaks to Council About Its Veterans Programs

August 25, 2017

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 »


LVMAC Tidbit — Emergency Mental Health Care Extended to Other-Than-Honorable Dischargees

July 18, 2017

On 27 June 2017,  the  VA released its final plans laying the framework for providing emergency mental health coverage to former service members with Other-Than-Honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.  For the older generations of veterans, the characterization of service was termed Undesirable.

Effective July 5, all Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers are to offer emergency stabilization care for former service members who present at the facility with an emergent mental health need. Under this initiative, former service members with an OTH administrative discharge may receive care for their mental health emergency for an initial period of up to 90 days, which can include inpatient, residential or outpatient care. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC News — TU Hokendauqua Fly Fishing Mini Event

July 17, 2017

Trout Unlimited Hokendauqua is again conducting a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing event.  This time a mini-event on 27 July.  For more information, see below. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit — Local Safari Club International Seeks Veterans for a Pheasant Hunt

July 17, 2017

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Safari Club International has approached our council to find ten veterans to participate in a pheasant hunt on 4 November 2017, all expenses paid.  As previously reported, the council has initiated work on creating a new coalition called the Social-Recreational Confederation.  Consequently, the effort to support Safari International is being handled by Tom O’Rourke, its chairman and the veterans outreach coordinator for Team RWB (which is coordinating this new program for us).

For more details, click on the flyer below: Read the rest of this entry »


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