On 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 »
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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
In 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
The 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 »
Click here for the Morning Call article which appeared in its Sunday edition of 17 July 2016.
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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
On 5 May 2016, the Pennsylvania War Veterans Council (PWVC), an important association of the major veterans service organizations in the commonwealth, agreed to its legislative goals for 2016-2017. They should not be overlooked by our Governor and General Assembly, as they are germane to improving the care of our veterans, including those of the most recent generations: Read the rest of this entry »