Important as ever in these harsh times:
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.”
Here is a meaningful way to celebrate our veterans, the Academics for Veterans’ 5K Virtual Ruck and Walk Challenge which has just started. Sign up. It is not too late.
As of 9 November 2020
Academics for Veterans (A’s for Vets), an alliance formed by the LVMAC, consisting of Institutions of Higher Learning in the Greater Lehigh Valley endeavoring to better assist veterans seeking education and support, is conducting a Virtual 5K Ruck ‘n Walk Challenge. The event will take place during Veterans Appreciation Week from 8 November through 15 November. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Returning from military service? Consider joining the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Team Red, White and Blue (RWB).
Every year, about 200,000 active duty service members transition out of the military — of which approximately 8,000 move or return to Pennsylvania — joining the 3.4 million post-9/11 veterans nationwide already living in communities such as the Lehigh Valley. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Low-income veterans and seniors living in Northampton County who meet HUD income guidelines are eligible to apply for free basic internet services starting 28 September. It is one result of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding being provided to the county and a county decision.
For more detail and whom to contact: click here.
Source: WFMZ website posting, 25 September and Northampton County website
As of 25 September 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 »
|The VA announced this week its commitment to extend debt relief to veterans impacted by natural disasters. The department recognizes veterans and their beneficiaries are negatively impacted by the wildfires and hurricanes prompting the offering of financial-debt relief. This includes the suspension of debt-collection actions for up to 90 days or extending repayment terms on preexisting VA debts, whichever the veteran prefers.
To request assistance for VA financial debt relief, contact the VA Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648.
Source: VVA Web Weekly, 16 Sep 2020
As of 16 September