September 22, 2018
Photo, Army Times, 1969
As part of the continuing saga, we update you once again …
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) met last Tuesday (18 September) with the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, to persuade him to cease his and his department’s re-doubled efforts to scuttle H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Act, now in the Senate for consideration. Read the rest of this entry »
September 21, 2018
One of our member organizations, the Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter of the American Red Cross, wants to re-establish its Services to the Armed Forces (SAF) program in Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties. As a first step, a special kind of volunteer, working with the regional project manager for the program, must be found.
What is the Red Cross’ SAF program in the first place? It is a longstanding program which supports our service members in the military by connecting them with their families during emergencies, providing them resilience training to deal with the challenges of deployment, and linking their families with local community resources. Read the rest of this entry »
September 18, 2018
Are you a veteran returning to the Lehigh Valley and looking for a job? Have you just lost a job? The question for you might be how best to find one.
Yes, going to college is the typical answer these days, but a job on the other end is never guaranteed. CareerLink is yet another, but currently lacks the Disability Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) counselor to properly assist.
Going out on a limb, the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC) believes traditional college training and employment methods are not necessarily the answer for most veterans for finding a job, especially for those with families to immediately support after separation from service — at least until stability is assured. The GI Bill, a valuable benefit, is meant to be used wisely, not as a living stipend as sometimes has become the case. Read the rest of this entry »
September 17, 2018
Once again the students of the Ritter School prepare for their well-known Veterans Day event. It is currently looking for veterans to step up to be interviewed. Details are provided by clicking on the images below.
The project starts off with interviewing veterans on 27 September. Students are given the opportunity to interview those who have served or are currently serving our country in one of the highest ways possible: service in the armed forces of the United States. The end result is a remarkable event honoring these citizens at a school assembly on 9 November, which is open to veterans whether or not interviewed. Read the rest of this entry »
September 12, 2018
Did you know the Department of Veterans Affairs and Walgreens are national partners and both are providing no-cost, flu vaccines to enrolled veterans of the VA healthcare system? It is part of the VA’s effort to improve and simplify its community care program — and the technology of the era now helps in that.
From August 1 to March 31, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,000 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities.
For details, click here.
September 8, 2018
On 31 August, the Department of Defense (DoD) amended its policy on transferring G.I. Bill benefits to dependents for Active Duty recipients of the Purple Heart. This policy change now allows these recipients to transfer this educational benefit without incurring an additional four years of service. Read the rest of this entry »
September 3, 2018
VA releases data on vacancies as required under MISSION Act
What the VA seeks is a steady, intelligent, reliable, adaptable workers who can tolerate its bureaucracy because a greater good is served and can work in it in creative ways. Sound like someone who has just completed full-time military service honorably, and is not in the Reserve Components and subject to likely call-up? It should.
The article below from the VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Relations suggests good, family-wage employment opportunities, especially if you are willing to travel and relocate, although some of these opportunities now exist in the Greater Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania areas. Regardless, is the idea of relocation new to a professional, military servicemember? We do not think so — another advantage over your non-veteran peers we have heard.
With over ten percent of its positions vacant and being an organization which is growing, now might be the time to inquire for employment. And if needed, do not overlook its educational cost offset opportunities. The G.I. Bill is not the only game in town. Read the rest of this entry »