Forward Observer — VA finally establishes presumptive condition rules for exposure to contaminants in water supply at Camp Lejeune and other Marine Corps locations

March 17, 2017

VA to provide disability benefits for related diseases

LVMAC Poster Art 2005On 14 March 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) proposed regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection for eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina became effective.  On September 9, 2016, VA had published in the Federal Register (81 FR 62419) a notice of a proposal to amend 38 CFR 3.307 and 3.309.  The Congress did not intervene. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit — Team River Runner Comes to the Lehigh Valley

March 17, 2017

Team River Runner has entered the Lehigh Valley and is now an LVMAC member. Its mission is to create an environment of healthy adventure, recreation and camaraderie for healing active duty, veteran service members and their families through adaptive kayaking.

It is holding indoor kayaking training in preparation for its Spring events on 19 March, 9 April and 23 April.  For more details and the local facebook site, click here.

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As of 17 March 2017


LVMAC News — Scholarship Season Has Begun, Suspense is 31 May 2017

March 16, 2017

LVMAC_Circular_w_Motto 2013 (Backgroundless) Mr. Richard Moore, the Chairman of our Scholarship Committee, has announced that the LVMAC scholarship application period started 15 March and will end 31 May 2017.  Applications postmarked after 31 May will not be considered.

Some changes have been made to the program for this year.  Among them, military veterans’ Title 10 active duty service time after training is a consideration and children who are willing to render military service as junior officers will receive a higher priority for consideration than other categories of children. We wish to promote military service.  While the awarding of sixteen scholarships is planned, the actual amount awarded to an individual may be higher than the $1,000 to be expected, depending on the merit of his or her situation.  A new procedure has been established for this.

For details and application forms, click here.

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As of 16 March 2017


LVMAC News — Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Steps Forth to Assist Our Veterans

February 8, 2017

lehigh-valley-community-foundationAt the 18 January Council Meeting, Vice President Michael Vath announced the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation had recently awarded our organization a Community Partnership Grant of $5,000 towards its efforts to assist in eliminating homelessness among our Lehigh Valley veterans.  The Foundation, an important and respected part of the warp and woof of this community’s fabric,  whose origin lies 1967 with Bethlehem’s 225th anniversary celebration and the donations of school children and steelworkers among others, promotes philanthropy in order to improve the quality of life in our region, encourage collaboration among area philanthropists, and to serve as a source of information and expertise regarding charitable giving.LVMAC Logo (Best Small PNG)

The funds will be used by the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Action Committee (LVHVAC), an LVMAC coalition whose membership consists of the leading organizations which address the plight of homeless veterans in Lehigh and Northampton counties and are willing to combine their efforts with those of the local Allentown VA Outpatient Clinic’s homeless team, whether or not they are VA contractors.  The committee was formed out of the belief that in order to be successful, outreach, assistance and recovery efforts required more integration and the use of a continuum of care approach in the Lehigh Valley.  There was also a need for a forum where these organizations could sometimes problem-solve together with the local VA. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC News — Looking for a BraunAbility EnterVan?

February 6, 2017

LVMAC_Circular_w_Motto 2013 (Backgroundless)The Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council is looking for a severely disabled veteran in need of a wheel-chair modified automobile.

A local member of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) has a 2010 Dodge modified Mini-Van for donation to a veteran residing in Lehigh or Northampton Counties.   This is the same type of vehicle provided by the VA to a wheel-chair bound, service-connected disabled veteran.  While the vehicle title transfer and licensing are provided at no charge,  the individual must be able to afford the insurance and upkeep. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer — Calling All Veterans. Need Your Help for a Good North Valley PIT Count

January 12, 2017

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Recently we learned the Lehigh Valley Regional Homeless Advisory Board (LVRHAB) is conducting a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeless point-in-time survey the evening of 24 January extending through 25 January.

HUD is the government agency overseeing home mortgage lending practices and is centrally involved in solving the issue of homelessness by the nature of its purpose.  Every year it conducts a Point in Time (PIT) Count of the un-housed on the predicted coldest day of the year.  The count involves seeking out those who are unsheltered and those in emergency shelters or transitional shelters — that is, homeless households.  The numbers obtained are important to HUD’s reporting of its accomplishments and to their funding practices.  But as its name may imply, its tendency is to focus geographically on urban areas. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit — VA Now Offers Advanced Eligibility Determinations for Internment at Its Cemeteries

December 10, 2016

VA LogoOn 8 December, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the “Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program”, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.  This change was made to assist veterans and their families in planning their burial needs better and may help reduce part of the burden on survivors at the time of death.  The requirement to make arrangements at a VA operated cemetery at the time of need remains – plots are not reserved. Read the rest of this entry »


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