LVMAC Tidbit: Veterans’ Trust Fund Notification of Funding Availability for 2020 Just Announced

November 12, 2019

We just received word that the period for submitting a grant application to the Veterans’ Trust Fund  this from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  A Governor’s press release is undoubtedly forthcoming, but considering the short deadline,  looking at the deadline, we decided not to wait and are spreading the word now.  Please help us to through your networks.  See below: Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Veterans Trust Fund Awards for 2019 Announced

March 4, 2019

On 28 February 2019, Governor Tom Wolf announced that $800,000 of grant money from the Veterans Trust Fund (VTF) will be awarded to 29 Pennsylvania organizations that support veterans’ programs throughout the commonwealth, contingent upon completion of a grant agreement.  The trust’s funds are meant to be exclusively used for military veterans, and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs administers it.  Since 2013, a total of $3,632,860 has been awarded. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit:  Veterans’ Trust Fund Grants Notice of Funding Announcement

October 19, 2018

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) announced today the opening of its fiscal year 2018-19 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) grant cycle.

A combined total of $800,000 in grant funding is available for the 2018-19 grant cycle:  1) $650,000 for grants of up to $50,000 to veterans’ service organizations (VSOs) with 501(c)(19) status and nonprofit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans granted 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer:  Blue Water Navy Bill (HR 299) About to Sink?

September 22, 2018

Photo, Army Times, 1969


LVMAC Poster Art 2005As part of the continuing saga, we update you once again …

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) met last Tuesday (18 September) with the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, to persuade him to cease his and his department’s re-doubled efforts to scuttle H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Act, now in the Senate for consideration. 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: 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 »


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