Occasionally, a local business comes to us in hopes of reaching out to our military-veterans community with a benevolent idea of worth not tied to the need to improve their business — in other words, playing their part in supporting those who often selflessly defend us with an act of selfless community-service of their own. Jack Lehr, Inc. is one of these. Its particular focus is on helping those Lehigh Valley families where a spouse has orders for deployment with a year’s worth of heating maintenance services at no charge. The problems and impositions of call-up on the families of reservists are little discussed topics. Jack Lehr “gets it.” Read the rest of this entry »
We could use your help from 6 November through 17 November by the mechanism of voting on a Lehigh Valley Community Foundation webpage. As an organization of organization with no paid employees, we do not ask for ourselves, but instead Read the rest of this entry »
Jack Daniel’s and the Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home program helps bring military families together for the holidays. Operation Ride Home sponsors travel for eligible service members and their dependents to travel from their duty station back home to spend time with their families. Reconnecting military families during this special time of year is one small way Operation Ride Home is strengthening military families. Read the rest of this entry »
Yet another glitzy and confusing acronym has appeared on the veterans scene: MAVRIC, which stands for “Military and Veterans Information/Resource Center.” But as our combat buddy, Bill Shakespeare, once said, “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose … By any other word would smell as sweet …” And, indeed, this one smells sweet. To fanfare Read the rest of this entry »
Register for 9 June Event Now
Although originally created to address a Pennsylvania Guard “Family” need, the program has application to veterans and their families as well. In fact, the Pennsylvania’s Department of Banking and Securities is offering the event to both groups. Click here to go directly to the registration site. After attending, give us your feedback. Perhaps an event can be arranged in the Lehigh Valley in the future, if we hear good words about it. Read the rest of this entry »
During Military Appreciation Month, Operation Homefront is asking for your help in various ways to recognize our military families and thank them for their service. It is more than about fundraising.
As a note, this is one national organization with a primary mission of serving military families (and recently disabled veterans) that has actually helped Lehigh Valley families through its programs; and it manages its money well. We believe that for any veterans or veterans-related organization to have relevancy to our area, it needs boots on the ground. This one does. It regularly attends our meetings and its local field office is Souderton. It just happens it is also looking for a new Lehigh Valley coordinator.
As of 17 May 2017
From: Jones, Samuel
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:29 PM
Subject: Vet Intel and New JPs 5 18 17
May 29th is Military Appreciation Day at Coca Cola Park and LTC (RET) Frank D. Nacci, of Nacci printing, has graciously given me tickets to share with fellow veterans and their families. The game is May 29th at 1:35, if you are interested in obtaining tickets please e-mail me your full name and the number of tickets you would like. I will respond and let you know when you can pick them up.
Veterans Employment Representative
CareerLink Lehigh Valley
As of 18 May 2017
It is good to see a homegrown association such as ours — one born of true, community need — get some recognition because they rarely do. LVMAC is an organization which often works behind the scenes. It does not replace or infringe on other organizations but instead tries to get them to work together in a more integrated fashion, either formally or informally, to the benefit of our military-veterans community. It tries to bring government, businesses, nonprofits and institutions together when appropriate.
It came into existence to work on the subject behind the collective impact model buzzword long before it became all the rage. Frankly, its work can be a tough and tricky proposition, but the end result is often worth it. To repeat, it is nice to be recognized. Thank you, Lehigh Valley Magazine.
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As of 12 July 2016
The Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council’s annual “Salute to the Troops” dinner will be held on 13 May, starting at 6 p.m., at a new location this year: the Holiday Inn at 7736 Adrienne Drive in Breinigsville. Our member organizations are strongly encouraged to attend, but the event is open to any member of the community wishing the recognize the service of the current military and recently returned veterans. Now the the time to reserve your seat(s). We ask that you do this no later than 4 May. Read the rest of this entry »