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 »
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 »
As 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 »
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.
As of 9 May 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.]
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’ ChildrenApril 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 »
On 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 »