LVMAC Tidbit — Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center to Conduct Town Hall in Lehigh Valley

May 25, 2017

The Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center is returning on 14 June 2017 to conduct its third Community Town Hall in the area since the establishment of the quarterly requirement a couple of years back.  It is part of an attempt by the VA to regain the trust among the veterans it serves.  Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center services 19 counties, to include one in New York.  The service area requires distributing the quarterly meetings over a wide area or we would have more of these useful events.  For details, see: Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit — VA Now Offers Advanced Eligibility Determinations for Internment at Its Cemeteries

December 10, 2016

VA LogoOn 8 December, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the “Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program”, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.  This change was made to assist veterans and their families in planning their burial needs better and may help reduce part of the burden on survivors at the time of death.  The requirement to make arrangements at a VA operated cemetery at the time of need remains – plots are not reserved. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit — VA and Social Security Partner to Speed Up Disability Decisions for Veterans

November 9, 2016

VA LogoSomething smart and good for our veterans has just occurred.   The VA and Social Security are more tightly integrating their exchange of information.  In this case, it is over healthcare records needed for Social Security Disability Insurance ratings and decisions.  Yes, one may be eligible for both the VA and Social Security disability programs.  Hopefully all our area hospital networks are part of this scheme.  For the full story, click on VA and Social Security Partner to Speed Up Disability Decisions for Veterans.


As of 9 November 2016

Forward Observer — Home Depot and Nam Knights Team Up to Provide Wheelchair Ramp to a Veteran

October 1, 2016

Click here for the story.

Some smart connecting done by Nam Knights with a local Home Depot. Kudos to both on an honest effort coming from the heart.

But it would be even better if all the local Home Depots were to get together with Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley to see if a Repair Corps (aka Veterans Repair Corps) could be started locally, as has been occurring elsewhere.  LVMAC thinks such a local collaborative partnership might lead to a more effective, local program for both organizations — to include a better system to reach those veterans in need of such services.

While we’re at it, we wonder if the veteran was under VA healthcare.  He may not be, for not all veterans are entitled to VA healthcare, despite a common belief among non-veterans that all veterans are.  If he were, the Home Adaptation Program, a not well-known program, may have been available to him.


As of 1 October 2016

LVMAC Tidbit — A Special State Agency Job Fair

August 12, 2016

yay-694456In talking about veterans preference points of state and local civil service positions,  here’s a little nugget of information below on a special state agency job fair where many of the state’s agencies are gathering together and which is not too far from us.  Perhaps CareerLink Lehigh Valley will have one in the future, though individual state agencies do appear there from time to time. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit — Looking for a Job in State or Local Government in PA? Do Know About the Veterans Preference Law?

August 12, 2016

PA State LogoThe Commownwealth’s Veterans Preference statute might not be the greatest thing since sliced butter and we have heard that there have been problems of fairness in hiring veterans in by state government. It is what drove a state law which now requires a veteran to be appointed to the state’s Civil Service Commission.  However, that does not mean you should be ignorant of the benefit when applying.  It has helped many. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit — State Veterans Homes Under Scrutiny?

July 17, 2016

DMVA LogoClick here for the Morning Call article which appeared in its Sunday edition of 17 July 2016.

Is there more to this story?

At his press conference on 16 July, the Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale, stated “… the State of Pennsylvania needs to develop a more effective strategic plan on how to ensure our veterans are getting the proper care.”

For more details and the official report itself, click here.


As of 17 July 2016

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