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.

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As of 28 June 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: Chamber Launches Home Painting Program — “Brush-Up Our Veterans”

June 21, 2021

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LVMAC Tidbit: They’re Still Looking for the Right Ones: State Veterans’ Commission Seeks More Commissioners.

June 7, 2021

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The State Veterans’ Commissions’ Nominating Committee announced last week it wants more veterans to apply for three member-at-large positions on the commission, state government’s only official veterans advisory body by statute.

As reported previously, one position must be a woman veteran of any era.  The other two are open to veterans of any era.

Want to make a difference at a time when the State Veterans’ Commission is in the process of reasserting itself?  Have skills and expertise in homelessness, education/training, employment, and/or healthcare?

The deadline for all applications is 4 p.m. on 30 June 2021.

For more information and, if interested, to apply, click here.

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As of 5 June 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: Lehigh County Seeks Applicants for the Position of Veterans Service Officer

June 3, 2021

Lehigh County must replace one of its full time veterans affairs employees immediately.   If you have the interest, brains and heart to become an accredited veterans service officer — one of the most sought-after qualifications in the complicated world of veterans affairs services — for the purpose of both assisting veterans in Lehigh County in knowing what benefits are available to them and in applying for them, this is the job you want.  Note that it is not a civil service position.


Job Name:  VETERANS’ SERVICES OFFICER I   Interested?
Location: Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs
Wage Type:  Hourly Rate:  Job Description below
Status: Full Time Wage Plus: N/A

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Forward Observer — Nehmer Decision Comes to Any Vietnam Veteran Exposed to Herbicides

May 19, 2021

VA to readjudicate past claims for possible herbicide exposure

On 14 May, the VA formally announced that military veterans who were previously denied service connection for an herbicide related presumptive condition due to lack of in-country Vietnam service will have their claims automatically readjudicated by VA.  “Readjudication means VA will review the evidence of record and provide replacement decisions in the cases of those who were previously denied service connection benefits,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy.  The review also applies to eligible survivors of deceased Vietnam-era veterans, an issue of significance nowadays due to past VA delays. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: The State Veterans’ Commission Seeks More Commissioners. Apply now!

May 6, 2021

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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.

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As of 30 April 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: You Are Remembered

April 15, 2021

Little noted, Gold Star Spouse Day was observed on 5 April 2021, but you are not forgotten:

Gold Star spouses eligible for special VA benefits

For more information on how to proceed, your best bet is to see an accredited veterans service officer.

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As of 15 April 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: VA Pushing Automated Travel Claims

April 14, 2021

Brand-New Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS)

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.

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