Important as ever in these harsh times:
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.
As of 16 February 2021
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.
As of 9 February 2021
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.
As of 3 February 2021
Today, just after publishing over the weekend the Wilkes-Barre VAMC’s 5 February call-out to those veterans 75 or older, Wilkes-Barre VAMC again changed its policy. Now you can be 65 or older and can get the vaccine at your local clinic.
What is next? We have heard that some VA Medical Centers are enrolling veterans on-site with proof of a DD Form 214, if they have not been using the VA healthcare system.
Stand by for news.
Here is the new policy: Read the rest of this entry »
Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center has just announced it is issuing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 75 and older under the conditions below. No doubt because of special storage requirements, the vaccine will only be issued at the Medical Center itself and not from closer outpatient clinics — not exactly the best option for a 75 year old or, for that matter, anyone who lives in the Lehigh Valley.
However, it is a good step forward; and considering the vaccines are free no matter the source, you have more local options already. Read the rest of this entry »
As of 20 January 2021
In a very real sense, the first qualification for this program is tragic, but the origin of the thinking behind House Resolution 107 of the 116th Congress (2019-2020) is well-meant. “When our servicemembers make the ultimate sacrifice, there is no award, no amount of money or no program that can ever make their lives whole again,” Representative Trent Kelly from Mississippi, its author, said. “But this program gives the families left behind a chance to participate in our great democratic process at the national level.”
We are catching this announcement late. Thought you might want to know. Apparently the announcement went out 16 December 2020. Suspense is 27 January at 2 p.m. for odd reason. Click on the picture to download a complete PDF file with all the necessary details. Funding comes from the donations of citizens and businesses concerned for our veterans. Read the rest of this entry »
We are looking for a very special individual who is dedicated to serving veterans and their families in the Lehigh and Northampton counties area. This person organizes some vital, behind-the-scenes work that helps us take our words into actions. Want to make a real difference in the veterans affairs scene? This is one organization that has and is.
The flyer to the left provides more initial details. We use a Nominating Committee process.