March 16, 2017
Mr. Richard Moore, the Chairman of our Scholarship Committee, has announced that the LVMAC scholarship application period started 15 March and will end 31 May 2017. Applications postmarked after 31 May will not be considered.
Some changes have been made to the program for this year. Among them, military veterans’ Title 10 active duty service time after training is a consideration and children who are willing to render military service as junior officers will receive a higher priority for consideration than other categories of children. We wish to promote military service. While the awarding of sixteen scholarships is planned, the actual amount awarded to an individual may be higher than the $1,000 to be expected, depending on the merit of his or her situation. A new procedure has been established for this.
For details and application forms, click here.
As of 16 March 2017
February 8, 2017
At the 18 January Council Meeting, Vice President Michael Vath announced the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation had recently awarded our organization a Community Partnership Grant of $5,000 towards its efforts to assist in eliminating homelessness among our Lehigh Valley veterans. The Foundation, an important and respected part of the warp and woof of this community’s fabric, whose origin lies 1967 with Bethlehem’s 225th anniversary celebration and the donations of school children and steelworkers among others, promotes philanthropy in order to improve the quality of life in our region, encourage collaboration among area philanthropists, and to serve as a source of information and expertise regarding charitable giving.
The funds will be used by the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Action Committee (LVHVAC), an LVMAC coalition whose membership consists of the leading organizations which address the plight of homeless veterans in Lehigh and Northampton counties and are willing to combine their efforts with those of the local Allentown VA Outpatient Clinic’s homeless team, whether or not they are VA contractors. The committee was formed out of the belief that in order to be successful, outreach, assistance and recovery efforts required more integration and the use of a continuum of care approach in the Lehigh Valley. There was also a need for a forum where these organizations could sometimes problem-solve together with the local VA. Read the rest of this entry »
January 12, 2017
Recently we learned the Lehigh Valley Regional Homeless Advisory Board (LVRHAB) is conducting a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeless point-in-time survey the evening of 24 January extending through 25 January.
HUD is the government agency overseeing home mortgage lending practices and is centrally involved in solving the issue of homelessness by the nature of its purpose. Every year it conducts a Point in Time (PIT) Count of the un-housed on the predicted coldest day of the year. The count involves seeking out those who are unsheltered and those in emergency shelters or transitional shelters — that is, homeless households. The numbers obtained are important to HUD’s reporting of its accomplishments and to their funding practices. But as its name may imply, its tendency is to focus geographically on urban areas. Read the rest of this entry »
November 12, 2016
On the heels of the previous Tidbit, comes this sad news:
“Veterans Day flag-raising ceremonies are always poignant and grow more so by the year, because the crowds that attend them have grown smaller and smaller and the unifying feeling evoked by the flag has likewise been shrinking.” (Dan Sheehan, Morning Call, 10 November 2016). It has helped lead to the demise of the United Veterans of Lehigh County, formerly known as the United Veterans of Allentown, founded in 1929.
Source: Flying flags and growing gardens – Morning Call
As of 12 November 2016
November 12, 2016
Northampton County rolls out Veterans ID Discount program – The Morning Call
Northampton County officials are rolling out a veterans’ discount program meant to recognize their sacrifices and also promote local businesses.
Source: Northampton County rolls out Veterans ID Discount program – The Morning Call
Editor’s Comment: To get the card, click here. Please note the card has not official value. Click here for the explanation.
As of 12 November 2016
November 10, 2016
From time to time, an article on honoring our veterans appears during the Veterans Day period which is noteworthy by its difference. When one wishes to honor our veterans, demonstrating the capacity for caring through deeds far exceeds those expressed in words and ceremony. The quieter way has more meaning. As this article relates, the desire to assist our military veterans in their transition back (and often forth) into civilian life benefits all. Sincerely written, this article by the Chris Nassetta, President and CEO of the Hilton Worldwide, provides useful pointers to both veterans and those wishing to help them.
Click on What We’ve Learned from Hiring 10,000 Veterans at Hilton | Chris Nassetta | Pulse | LinkedIn
As of 10 November 2016