Governor Tom Wolf announced last week that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is seeking veterans to apply for three member-at-large positions on the State Veterans’ Commission, state government’s only official veterans advisory body by statute.
For this iteration, one position must be a woman veteran of any era. The other two are open to veterans of any era.
The deadline for all applications is 4 p.m. on 30 June 2020.
For more information and, if interested, to apply, click here.
The Veterans Health Administration is urging those who seek travel reimbursement to use an automated, self-serve system through a newly released, six-part video series. See below. Hopefully they will not abuse those veterans who do not have access to the internet, something that is common in Pennsylvania, especially among the older veterans — but not necessarily so.
This is not so much a veterans issue as one involving a segment of our citizenry, our elders. Elder abuse is prevalent in Pennsylvania apparently, or this seminar would not be occurring. Those who routinely deal with veterans in an official or working capacity should know who to contact if they think an elderly person is being taken advantage of or being abused. Hosted by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, these seminars are conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.
All veterans, veteran spouses, caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients now have access to VA COVID-19 vaccination services under the SAVE LIVES Act
There are longer, self-congratulatory articles on this elsewhere, but what follows is what you need to know:
On 24 March 2021, the president signed legislation into law expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), following efforts from House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs leaders to improve the vaccine protocol. Read the rest of this entry »
Good news! If you are enrolled in the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Centers’ healthcare system, your age or condition no longer matter for getting the COVID-19 Vaccination. Those not enrolled with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center’s healthcare system will have to do so. Read the “Background” of the advisory below. Inquire regardless. Click on the image to read.
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will extend the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, as well as extend VA loan forbearance requests, to June 30, because of COVID-19. The current moratorium extensions for evictions and foreclosures were set to end March 31. It is the result of the President’s January 22 Executive Order .
VA borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can review VA guidance for borrowers or call 877-827-3702 for additional information.
But what about those who are not using a VA mortgage guarantee as a result of our commonwealth’s failure to extend the evictions ban in August-September? This resource may be of value: https://www.nolo.com/evictions-ban.
Wilkes-Barre VAMC’s phone system can not meet the demand. Therefore, its director has extended calling hours to 8:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, using the 570-830-7076 phone number. This is no time for frustration, but instead patience. Unless you live in a cave, you know the system is overwhelmed.
The Board of LVMAC has met and decided to cancel this year’s “Salute to the Troops” annual banquet scheduled for early May. As you might guess, the current pandemic and the health safety instructions required have both affected making it a worthwhile event.
We expect to now hold the event on 6 May 2022 at the Steel Club in Hellertown. Mark it down on your calendars now after washing your hands.
In the meantime, we are exploring alternative ways to salute the troops in the current environment.