Forward Observer: Bethany UM Adds to Its Military Veteran Family Support Services

November 25, 2019

LVMAC Poster Art 2005As we reported in a 19 September blog, Bethany United Methodist Church located in the Macungie/Wescoville area, intended to conduct two workshops to promote a better understanding of PTSD with the ultimate intention of starting a peer-to-peer support group afterwards.

As a result of those meetings, we have learned that the church has started two of these types of support groups instead:  one for male veterans and another for women, whether veterans or spouses or ‘significant others’ — which makes this group unique to the valley when looked at from a veteran’s context. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer: Something for Other Veterans Organizations to Consider for Their Own Well-Being?

November 19, 2019

Momentum for PA VFW’s No Smoking Indoors Campaign Continues to March On

LVMAC Poster Art 2005There has been loads of talk these days about improving the well-being of military veterans and their families.   But without the well-being of chartered veterans organizations such as the VFW, The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America and others also being maintained, that prospect instantly becomes harder.  The veterans benefits we have today were largely hard-earned through these organizations. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Updated Eligibility Requirements for Blue Water Navy Claims

November 16, 2019

“The Department of Veterans Affairs will soon mail letters to Blue Water Navy veterans and survivors who were previously denied benefits. The letters provide updated eligibility requirements approved in the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, the paperwork required of a veteran or survivor, and available resources to assist in the claims process. The law says that veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam from 1962-1975 are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange or other harmful herbicides. Exposure to these herbicides have been linked to a list of several harmful medical conditions: Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Veterans’ Trust Fund Notification of Funding Availability for 2020 Just Announced

November 12, 2019

We just received word that the period for submitting a grant application to the Veterans’ Trust Fund  this from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  A Governor’s press release is undoubtedly forthcoming, but considering the short deadline,  looking at the deadline, we decided not to wait and are spreading the word now.  Please help us to through your networks.  See below: Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Guess Who Is Coming to the Vet Job and Ed Fair? Are You?

October 29, 2019

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On November 6, CareerLink Lehigh Valley is again sponsoring a veterans employment and education fair, as it has done annually for a few years now.  It is primarily arranged by its employees who themselves are veterans and are keen in helping you find employment.

They thought you might be interested in knowing the employers who will be attending thus far: Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Chess, “the Fairy Tale of 1001 Blunders”, Finds a Purpose

October 25, 2019

According to some, there is a growing body of empirical evidence that chess can help ease the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) — helping with both cognitive functioning and mental health.  In some parts of the country, chess clubs have actively worked with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and the VFW.  And, chess brings people from all walks of life together more casually through the pleasure of a game — something often missing in our society.  Its benefit can be manifold. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Easton Area Announces Warming Shelters for 2019-2020

October 21, 2019

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Since it affects homeless veterans during the cold season,  we thought you might want to know that two nonprofits,  Safe Harbor Easton and and Greater Shiloh Church are resuming their warming shelter operations beginning 1 December.  For details click on the thumbnail to the right.  Now we await the Bethlehem and Allentown area announcements.

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As of 21 October 2019


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