“A project for former service members could become a model for other cities in the United States.”
“In a community of tiny houses in Kansas City, Mo., Air Force veteran Leo Morris now calls #3 his own. (Christopher Smith/For The Washington Post)”
“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 13 tiny houses sit in neat rows on the small plot of land in south Kansas City. There’s a comforting uniformity to the group, each structure a simple A-frame or slant roof, painted a rich hue: deep blue or dark maroon, slate gray or mustard yellow. An American flag flies outside most of the homes.
The lives inside also match. The men and women here have all served their country in uniform. And every one of them was homeless before arriving this year and being given their own address and key.
“’We build communities — communities that are the beginning of a journey for those who said yes to this country and need someone to say yes back to them,’ said Brandonn Mixon, an entrepreneur who helped to found the Veterans Community Project out of frustration with the usual efforts to get veterans off the streets.”
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) grant cycle. Up to $800,000 in VTF grant funding will be competitively awarded for programs and services benefiting Pennsylvania veterans. Grant applications must be received by 3 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.
“With the fourth largest veteran population in the country, Pennsylvania’s nearly 800,000 veterans have sacrificed greatly to serve our country and preserve our freedom,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “The Veterans’ Trust Fund provides community organizations within the commonwealth the necessary resources to help veterans in many different aspects.”
Up to $150,000 is available to counties for new, innovative or expanded programs or services operated by county directors of veterans affairs or to the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. Applicants in this category may request up to $20,000 per county with a priority focus on veterans’ outreach and veterans’ court programs.
Up to $650,000 is available for veterans’ service organizations with 501(c)(19) status and non-profits with 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code that have a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Applicants in this category may request up to $50,000 for programs focusing on veteran homelessness, behavioral health initiatives and veterans’ courts.
There are 2 openings available for our Veterans Healing Through Connection July 20-22 Couples Retreat at the University of Delaware Virden Conference Center in Lewes, DE.
Our August weekend is full with a waiting list but we still have a few slots for our November 9-10 retreat at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Attention veterans: Two important upcoming events | Women Veterans Town Hall & special screening of The Battle of the Bulge
As a next-generation veterans empowerment organization, IAVA is proud of our long record of standing with our LGBT brothers and sisters in arms. For many years, our courageous LGBT members and allies have led the charge for equality within VA, the Department of Defense and beyond.
IAVA stepped forward to back repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to fight against DOMA, and to vigorously oppose the transgender ban in the military. We will always be proud of these moments in IAVA’s history when we stood, often alone, on the right side of history. When every other national veterans group was silent, IAVA was a lone voice of leadership, reason and courage.
And IAVA is continuing the fight to ensure LGBT service members veterans and families are treated with the same dignity and respect afforded to all members of the military.
Equality for all is an essential American value. And key to a stronger, modern military.
Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
Many veterans are buried abroad, near where they died during battle. Pictured is an American cemetery in Impruneta, Italy.
“Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.” – History.com
Programs And Benefits For Older Pennsylvanians In Pennsylvania’a Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs Veterans Resource Guide
“May is Older Americans Month. Did you know that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ has an online publication called the Veteran Resources Guide? The Guide, a product of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Services, is a consolidated listing of programs, benefits and services for veterans and their families offered by state agencies. It specifically contains information from the PA Department of Aging including information on employment, health and wellness, help at home, housing, insurance, legal assistance, prescriptions, and more! ”
Survey Sets Out to Identify Unique Challenges Faced by Pennsylvania’s Approximately 60,000 Women Veterans Number of Women Veterans is in an Upward Trajectory Nationwide
Annville, PA – A report by the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics projects that by 2043 the number of women veterans will increase from about 10 percent to more than 16 percent of all living veterans. With this number on the rise, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has partnered on a survey with the Women Veterans Committee of the Governor’s Advisory Council of Veterans Services to identify issues of unique concern to Pennsylvania’s approximately 60,000 women veterans.
“Veterans face a number of challenges transitioning back to civilian status, including access to health care, unemployment and behavioral health issues,” said Maj. Gen. (ret.) Eric Weller, DMVA deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs. “Understanding the needs and the unique challenges of our female veterans is the first step in making sure we provide the right benefits, services and programs. We ask Pennsylvania’s women veterans of all service eras to complete the survey.”
Weller said that the survey data could be used to recommend policies or procedures that address issues women veterans face as a result of military service.
“We are making a conscious effort to identify challenges and to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania’s women veterans,” said Weller.
The comprehensive survey is available online for easy completion and submission at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PADMVAWomenVeteransSurvey. Key survey topics focus on benefits and services, access to health care and veterans service organizations.
The survey is available for completion now through midnight, June 18, 2018.
SOURCE: news release