LVMAC Tidbit: Lost a Job Due to the Pandemic?

August 12, 2021

Are You Aware of the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)?

Probably not, but on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched VRRAP on March 11, 2021 for those military veterans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Participating veterans can receive education and training for a broad array of  high-demand occupations , many of which are in high demand in the Lehigh Valley.  Up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates.

For more information on the program and on how to apply, click here.  Alternatively, contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday to speak with a VA education representative.

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As of 12 August 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: Lehigh County Seeks Applicants for the Position of Veterans Service Officer

June 3, 2021

Lehigh County must replace one of its full time veterans affairs employees immediately.   If you have the interest, brains and heart to become an accredited veterans service officer — one of the most sought-after qualifications in the complicated world of veterans affairs services — for the purpose of both assisting veterans in Lehigh County in knowing what benefits are available to them and in applying for them, this is the job you want.  Note that it is not a civil service position.


Job Name:  VETERANS’ SERVICES OFFICER I   Interested?
Location: Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs
Wage Type:  Hourly Rate:  Job Description below
Status: Full Time Wage Plus: N/A

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LVMAC Tidbit: Congress offers Goldstar Family Fellowship in the local area

January 13, 2021

In a very real sense, the first qualification for this program is tragic, but the origin of the thinking behind House Resolution 107 of the 116th Congress (2019-2020) is well-meant. “When our servicemembers make the ultimate sacrifice, there is no award, no amount of money or no program that can ever make their lives whole again,” Representative Trent Kelly from Mississippi, its author, said. “But this program gives the families left behind a chance to participate in our great democratic process at the national level.”

 
If it applies to your family, take advantage of it if you have an interest in politics and improving the Lehigh Valley community. Earnest Americans are ever in want. The offered position is local.  Click here for details:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/585375600.
 
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As of 13 January 2021
 
 


Forward Observer: Pandemic Resume Service for Veterans

November 11, 2020
LVMAC Poster Art 2005

It is good to see the community step forward to offer help to our veterans in honest ways. The Bethlehem Area Public Library is doing just that through offering to us their resume service.

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LVMAC Tidbit: Chamber stages Employer Seminars to encourage Veteran hiring

October 10, 2020

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Workforce Board LV/PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley will be conducting a couple of teleconference seminars using Zoom around the Veterans Day period to both celebrate veterans and to encourage businesses to seek them out for employment: Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer: Want to hire Veterans? Consider Registered Apprenticeships

September 30, 2020

Are you a business interested in attracting and recruiting servicemembers separating from active duty (veterans)?   They are motivated men and women who can help to ensure your success and profitability.  However, although often highly skilled, they are not generally credentialed or running around with some unnecessary degree that will bring them to your attention.

The Department of Defense has recognized this deficiency and implemented DoD SkillBridge.  It may be worth checking out.  But there is another and less restrictive way more suited to your needs to do the same.  Consider developing a Registered Apprenticeship Program to overcome the skills barrier. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Chamber seeks Businesses for Veterans Survey

September 21, 2020

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, working with the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council and others, has created a Veterans and Military Affairs Council focused upon employment; e.g.,  helping local businesses to find returning military veterans, for they are known to have the makings for  being reliable, first-rate  employees.

The chamber has been conducting an initial, baseline survey to assess the current situation in the valley for these separating military servicemembers.  It is soliciting responses from as many government agencies and businesses (for profit and nonprofit) which have employees in our Greater Lehigh Valley area as possible.  The more organizations participating, the more accurate the assessment will be. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: NCC provides free truck driver training to veterans and their families

August 28, 2020

U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) helps NCC provide free Class A CDL training programs to veterans and their families. 

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This August, Northampton Community College (NCC) received a $163,200 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to provide free Class A truck driving training to 40 current or former members of the United States Armed Forces, their spouses and adult children.  NCC will recruit qualified students, provide them with superior safety-focused training, support them through successful program completion, and provide placement services to assist them in becoming employed in the transportation industry. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer: Some Useful Re-employment Resources

June 6, 2020

LVMAC Poster Art 2005The piece of information below found on a 4 June Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce “email’er” is probably worth more mention than most as our valley’s community begins the long journey of  returning to normal.   Considering the importance of employment to job hunters, furloughed employees and employers, it good to see when someone has thought of putting relevant, actionable information all in one place to a particular topic.

Veterans, do not forget that our CareerLink has veterans employment representatives.  Insist on speaking to them, if you have not done so and are seeking a job — especially if things are not going well.  They can take a more holistic approach towards helping.   If they do not, let us know.  They are expected to go the extra mile — if you are on the straight-up.

CareerLink Lehigh Valley is Here to Help

·     Online Jobs Portal updated daily with positions for Lehigh Valley job seekers and an easy way for employers in the area to add immediate job openings

·     COVID-19 Resources Page (for job seekers and employers)

·     Online Workshops & Resources (for job seekers)

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RJH
As of 6 June 2020


LVMAC Tidbit:  CSOR Veteran Survey May Improve Occupational Licensing in Pennsylvania

April 8, 2020

The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation is conducting a project with the U.S. Department of Labor which is studying the effects occupational licensing has on military veterans and military spouses.  If affected, participate now.  The survey is set to end December 2020.  [Editor’s Note: The survey may be extended as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, as intended outreach events have been cancelled.]

The survey, being distributed throughout the Commonwealth, asks questions about barriers of employment. The goal of the survey is to help the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania distinguish the needs of servicemen and servicewomen, and their spouses, as it pertains to occupational licensing. Read the rest of this entry »


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