The Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter spoke to the Council at its meeting on 18 October on what it is doing for our military and, often, veterans in the Lehigh Valley under its Service to the Armed Forces program. It is revitalizing its activity in this program in our area and asked for LVMAC’s assistance. Read the rest of this entry »
Yet another glitzy and confusing acronym has appeared on the veterans scene: MAVRIC, which stands for “Military and Veterans Information/Resource Center.” But as our combat buddy, Bill Shakespeare, once said, “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose … By any other word would smell as sweet …” And, indeed, this one smells sweet. To fanfare Read the rest of this entry »
LVMAC Tidbit –VA Photo ID Cards (Proof of Service/Business Discount Cards) for All (Actually Most) Veterans Coming in November | Military.comOctober 15, 2017
A VA official on Wednesday confirmed the cards are on track to be available nationwide starting in November.
Editor’s Note: This a result of the Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015. The card cannot be used as proof of eligibility to any federal benefits, entitlements and services; and it does not grant access to military installations. It only establishes an honorably discharged veteran served in the armed forces (although we cannot find where the law specifies one must be honorably discharged). Therefore, essentially their primary value lies in obtaining business discounts — that is, “goods, services and promotional activities” offered by the private and public sector. Although the law specifies the VA shall charge for this service (one could consider it an off-mission burden), the Department of Veterans Affairs has said it will not. Note that military exchanges will offer their online services to any veteran with an honorable discharge as of 11 November 2017. Serendipity?
For more information on the law, see https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr91/text
As of 4 October 2017
On 16 August 2017, Lyndsey Antanitis from the Rodale Institute spoke to the Council on its relatively new veterans farming initiative. Read the rest of this entry »
On 27 June 2017, the VA released its final plans laying the framework for providing emergency mental health coverage to former service members with Other-Than-Honorable (OTH) administrative discharges. For the older generations of veterans, the characterization of service was termed Undesirable.
Effective July 5, all Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers are to offer emergency stabilization care for former service members who present at the facility with an emergent mental health need. Under this initiative, former service members with an OTH administrative discharge may receive care for their mental health emergency for an initial period of up to 90 days, which can include inpatient, residential or outpatient care. Read the rest of this entry »