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 Forward Observer: Need to Talk to Someone Over the Afghanistan Situation?

August 21, 2021

LVMAC Poster Art 2005With the sometimes venal political beat-ups over decisions made past and present in regard to the recent events in Afghanistan, compounded by local reporters trying to solicit comments from any current era veterans about their thoughts over the matter for the sake of a story and the blitz of media video and pictures,  it is should be no surprise that a few veterans are in a funk; or, in extreme cases, experiencing a resurfacing of post-traumatic stress.

While for the majority, a listening ear from family, friends, and associates is all that might be necessary, it is also good to know bona fide resources for more serious situations.  Many of these can be found through the Answers Desk section of this website, but are re-listed here for convenience.  Our thanks to Jenna Jordan of Spectrum News, Cleveland, Ohio, who actually did something useful through contacting the VA. One or two of the resources might surprise you: Read the rest of this entry »

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

Forward Observer: Did Military Service Give You a Runny Nose?

August 5, 2021

VA Begins Processing Disability Claims for Certain Conditions Related to Particulate Matter

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Have you been in Southwest Asia theater of operations during military service: Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea – and the airspace above these locations some time since 2 August 1990 on; or in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Syria or Djibouti since Sept. 19, 2001?

Have you developed asthma, rhinitis or sinusitis within ten years of a period of military of service? Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC News: Chair for Nursing Home Visiting Program Sought

August 2, 2021

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Note:  All reporting is done electronically.  Basic computer skills are required.


As of 2 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 News: Looking for a way to contribute your talent to the local veterans community? Are you a budget and finance professional?

June 28, 2021

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LVMAC has played an important, but sometimes under-acknowledged role, in our military veterans community since 2003.  As a result, the development of local veterans support activities over the years has been dramatic.  Sometimes it just takes a little networking;  at other times, spearhead activities.  Although focused upon the Lehigh Valley’s military, veterans, and their families, its thinking from time to time has influenced state government — and sometimes reached higher.  Considering that Pennsylvania has adopted a loosely confederated veterans affairs system, that is quite an achievement.

But every nonprofit organization — especially  one of our nature — requires exceptional volunteers willing to give of their talents in the service of others.   At this moment, we are looking for a very special individual to help with some vital, behind-the-scenes work necessary to our taking our words into actions, a person to fill the budget and finance chair.

The flyer on the upper right provides more initial details and contact information.  We use a Nominating Committee process.

As of 28 June 2021

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