LVMAC Tidbit: MOPH Truck Run Comes to Macungie

June 13, 2018
The Ford Motor Company in conjunction with the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), is giving away three trucks to amputee Purple Heart Veterans.  This good deed of caring for those who have borne the battle in their civilian life generally receives little attention in our area.
 As it happens, one of these trucks is stopping in Macungie area.  MOPH Chapter 190 (the Lehigh Valley chapter) and Bethany United Methodist Church (a local church which actively looks out for our veterans) are hosting a celebration event as a result.  You will get a chance to see the truck in operation and meet Justin Burdette, the Purple Heart veteran who was awarded the truck.

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Forward Observer: VA Adopts a Healthcare Concierge Program to Solve a Problem

April 26, 2018

Concierge for Care Program Connects with Recently Separated Service
Members

LVMAC Poster Art 2005On 22 February 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announced the launch of Concierge for Care, a health care enrollment initiative that helps military servicemembers connect shortly after they separate with the VA’s healthcare system. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Pennsylvania’s Unknown(?) Educational Gratuity Program for Disabled Veterans’ Children

April 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 »


LVMAC Tidbit — Local Safari Club International Seeks Veterans for a Pheasant Hunt

July 17, 2017

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Safari Club International has approached our council to find ten veterans to participate in a pheasant hunt on 4 November 2017, all expenses paid.  As previously reported, the council has initiated work on creating a new coalition called the Social-Recreational Confederation.  Consequently, the effort to support Safari International is being handled by Tom O’Rourke, its chairman and the veterans outreach coordinator for Team RWB (which is coordinating this new program for us).

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LVMAC Tidbit — Do You Know About Operation Homefront’s Mission2Honor?

May 19, 2017

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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.

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As of 17 May 2017


LVMAC Tidbit — Team River Runner Comes to the Lehigh Valley

March 17, 2017

Team River Runner has entered the Lehigh Valley and is now an LVMAC member. Its mission is to create an environment of healthy adventure, recreation and camaraderie for healing active duty, veteran service members and their families through adaptive kayaking.

It is holding indoor kayaking training in preparation for its Spring events on 19 March, 9 April and 23 April.  For more details and the local facebook site, click here.

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As of 17 March 2017


LVMAC Tidbit – VA Updates Its Suicide Report

August 2, 2016

Majority of Veteran Suicides Are 50 and Older – We Still Don’t Know Why | Vietnam Veterans of America

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VA Updates Its Suicide Report – Majority of Veteran Suicides Are 50 and Older – We Still Don’t Know Why | Vietnam Veterans of America — “Healthcare in Our Community” News and Education

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As of 2 August 2016


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