LVMAC Tidibit: A Different Kind of Memorial Day Event

May 20, 2018

The Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society is conducting its first-ever “The Great Pennsylvania Music and Arts Celebration” at the Allentown Fairgrounds between 26 and 28 May.  Admission is free.  The part of interest to us revolves around the military and veteran recognition events and displays — and especially the ones involving the remembrance of those who gave their lives for us and, as part of that remembrance, for all our citizens to rededicate themselves to caring “… for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations” to ensure those lives have not been wasted.  Originating out of the devastation of the Civil War experience, this is the purpose of Memorial Day — not the pomp and circumstance, the glitz and glam that often comes with it.

Towards that end, we have extracted from their program of events and listed below those parts dealing exclusively with our Council’s area of interest and, in particular, some of Monday’s events (click on the images to enlarge them). Read the rest of this entry »

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LVMAC Tidbit: Another Step Forward in Telehealth

May 11, 2018

VA LogoOn 11 May, the VA announced it is expanding telehealth, or virtual technology, by allowing healthcare provider, whether or not located within a VA facility, to treat its patients across state lines and outside a VA facility.

The result is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken another step forward in telehealth services, of which private healthcare should take note.  This is especially important to do in an era of nationwide shortages in the medical professions. It also makes the VA’s home-based healthcare program better, let alone pushing its concept of “aging in place” further along.  Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer: Hope Resurfaces for the Blue Water Navy Bill

May 10, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Is there some good news on the horizon now that our legislators have found a way to pay for it? We are talking about H.R. 299 (Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017), which passed out of House Veterans Affairs Committee on 8 May. There is a long way to go, but in the past this bill has been killed in this committee. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC News: PA National Guard Chief of Staff to Speak at “Salute to the Troops”

May 10, 2018

The guest speaker for LVMAC’s annual “Salute to the Troops” Banquet has just been announced: Colonel Laura McHugh, who is the current Chief of Staff for the Pennsylvania National Guard will speak.

She began her career by enlisting into the Guard in 1986 with the 1068th MP Company as a supply specialist. She has held numerous diverse positions throughout her 31 year career such as Commander of its Recruiting and Retention Battalion;  Chief of the Service Member and Family Support Division Chief;  G1 (Logistics) of the Joint Force Headquarters; and Commander of the 213th Regional Support Group. Her most memorable assignment was her time serving as the Commander of the 131st Transportation Company from 1999 to 2004. It is with this command that she deployed to Iraq from February 2003  to May 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning among other awards, a Bronze Star.

They say she can also parachute.  Let’s see if she walks with a limp.  Come to the event.  Tap on the link above to do so.

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As of 9 May 2018


LVMAC Tidbit: Allentown VA Clinic Hosts a Homelessness Event to Educate the Community

May 4, 2018

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On 8 June, the Allentown VA Clinic is conducting a “Homeless Outreach Community Event.” This is the third annual event of its kind being set up by an active local VA homelessness outreach program driven by local, dedicated VA employees. This event introduces the community to what homelessness services the VA provides.  It should have value to social workers who are actively interested in helping others, to include our veterans, for in several ways the VA’s efforts on the subject of homelessness are superior to HUD’s.  On the other hand, the VA wants to work with the community more and more.  Information exchange is a first step in making improvements to any program. Contact Thomas Gonzalez, 610-776-4364, at the clinic for more information.

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As of 4 May 2018


Forward Observer: VA Adopts a Healthcare Concierge Program to Solve a Problem

April 26, 2018

Concierge for Care Program Connects with Recently Separated Service
Members

LVMAC Poster Art 2005On 22 February 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announced the launch of Concierge for Care, a health care enrollment initiative that helps military servicemembers connect shortly after they separate with the VA’s healthcare system. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: WWI History Symposium Second Round

April 25, 2018

[Editor’s Note: Considering this is the land of the “Bloody Buckets” and Bethlehem Steel was the largest shipbuilder of the time and armored the the modern Navy,  it is surprising how little interest our state or its government have shown in the 100th anniversary of a war which dramatically changed us once again.  This war completed our ascendance as world power in both the business and military senses of the word.  We Americans tend to think that what is, always was, because we rarely put our ear to the rail of history.  It is not so.  And history is useful towards the learning of what works and does not work, if this special nation is to avoid arrogance.  If  you know a high school history teacher or a history or sociology professor, you might want to mention this symposium to them.  ]

STILL NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP

World War 1 History Symposium – Saturday, 12 May 2018 at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Please forward to any associates who might be interested!

WWI 100Yrs LogoObserving the 100th Anniversary of the First World War (1914-1918), four presentations examine a world calamity that fundamentally changed America. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania World War One Centennial Committee.  Join Us for an Engaging Full-Day Program on The History of the First World War.  This all-volunteer effort is free, but you must register.  See the event flyer for registration details. Read the rest of this entry »


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