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

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LVMAC Tidbit: DMVA Surveying Women Veterans to Find Out More About Their Needs

April 19, 2018

[Editor’s Note:  The news release speaks for itself.  We hope the effort will be successful and encourage our female veterans to participate.  Hopefully, a useful program meeting a truly critical need will emerge from the findings of the survey.  Our veterans affairs system often causes our commonwealth to ride trail on other, more progressive states.  No one should ever want to ride trail.  Such efforts might help.]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2018

Survey Sets Out to Identify Unique Challenges Faced by Pennsylvania’s Approximately 60,000 Women Veterans

Number of Women Veterans is in an Upward Trajectory Nationwide

Annville, PA A report by the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics projects that by 2043 the number of women veterans will increase from about 10 percent to more than 16 percent of all living veterans. With this number on the rise, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has partnered on a survey with the Women Veterans Committee of the Governor’s Advisory Council of Veterans Services to identify issues of unique concern to Pennsylvania’s approximately 60,000 women veterans. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Pennsylvania’s Unknown(?) Educational Gratuity Program for Disabled Veterans’ Children

April 12, 2018

Since it is operated by our Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and not the Department of  Education, you may have never thought to look for an educational program for your children on their website.  Therefore, for those of you rated with a 100% permanent disability from the military or the VA — or  your spouse died in a war, you might want to know about this program.  Every dollar helps to give your children a better life.  We took this from their Transition Assistance News article of May 2018, verbatim: Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer: Governor Announces Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Awards for 2018

March 16, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005On 12 March 2018, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 13 Pennsylvania county veterans’ affairs offices and 18 nonprofit organizations will receive in grants from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Last Chance for a Missed Pennsylvania Benefit?

February 19, 2018

DMVA LogoWe believe we are duty-bound to inform you that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Persian Gulf Conflict Bonus application period ends on 31 August 2018.  Did you serve on active duty between 2 August 1990 and 31 August 1991 in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations?  This bonus has been available for about nine years — starting about fifteen years since your service was was rendered — but it is now time to close out this bond-issue fund voted upon by Pennsylvania’s citizens in an act of  appreciation.  If you still need it, click here.

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As of 19 February 2018


LVMAC Tidbit: DMVA Announces Veterans Trust Fund NOFA

December 12, 2017

[Editor’s Note: Considering the holiday season is upon us, the release of the Veterans’ Trust Fund’s “Notice of Funding Availability” with its grant application package yesterday leaves a short turnaround cycle for application.  Please note that the suspense for submission is 18 January at 3 p.m.]


From: MV, Veterans Trust Fund
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2017 3:54 PM
Subject: 2017-18 Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the availability of another cycle of Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) grant opportunities.  The attached 2017-18 VTF Grant Application Package includes the funding announcement as well as the application, combined into one convenient document this year. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer — Regulation on Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Drinking Water Presumptive Conditions Under Review.

September 16, 2016

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Finally on 9 September, after waiting nine months since the announcement it would do so and after announcing in August it was extending the period of consideration, the VA announced it has published proposed regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases affecting military members [and others] exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »


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