Category Archives: Veterans

Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair Returning to Lancaster

LANCASTER, Pa. (Oct. 5, 2017) –  Area veterans of all ages, active military and their families are urged to attend the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair, a free, one-day event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim.

vet expoVisitors at the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair will have direct access to employers interested in hiring veterans and exhibitors offering benefits and resources.

Presented by OLP Events, the Veterans’ Expo will connect active, transitioning and retired military members and their families with the benefits and resources available to them through local community-service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits counselors, VFWs and American Legions—plus businesses covering everything from home improvement, legal services and finance to retirement living and insurance.

Representatives from the Recorder of Deeds office will be on hand to help all honorably discharged Lancaster County veterans record their DD-214 papers and enroll in the free Thank a Vet veterans discount program. Veterans should bring their full-sized DD-214s to be enrolled.

Additionally, a deserving veteran will receive a Quilt of Valor created by Stitches of West Brandywine.

The Job Fair provides an opportunity for veterans and employers to meet face-to-face to discuss available positions in industries ranging from finance and insurance to construction, healthcare and sales.

In the Job Fair’s Resource Center, military personnel can benefit from mock interviews and learn about VA Medicare options.

Sponsors include 50plus LIFE, AT&T, Blue Ridge Communications, Cigna Health Improvement Tour, Disabled American Veterans, ESPN 92.7, Fulton Financial Corporation, LCTV, Pennsylvania American Legion, Pennsylvania National Guard Outreach Office, Pennsylvania State Headquarters VFW, Worley & Obetz Inc., WFYL and WHTM abc27.

For more information on the Veterans Expo & Job Fair, call (717) 285-1350, visit www.veteransexpo.com, or check out videos of past events at www.youtube.com/user/OnLinePublishers.

SOURCE: news release

“Years After Silently Combating Sexual Trauma, Female Veterans Seek Help” – California Healthline

assault military“Sheila Procella of Plano, Texas, is a veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard. She was diagnosed with military sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2014, nearly three decades after her service. (Laura Buckman for Kaiser Health News)”

“Sheila Procella joined the Air Force in 1974 to ‘see the Earth,’ she said. She enlisted at the tail end of the Vietnam War, shortly after graduating from high school. Although she never left her home state of Texas during eight years of service, her office job proved to be its own battlefield.

“‘Some of us actually went to war, some of us had war right here in the States, going to work every day knowing we are going to be harassed,’ said Procella, now 62 and living in Plano, Texas.

“At the time, fewer than 3 percent of service members were women. Procella recalled the daily barrage of sexual comments, gestures and men grabbing her inappropriately. And one of her superiors made it clear that her hopes of moving up the career ladder were dependent on having sex with him.”

Read this article at California Healthline in its entirety, click here.

 

September is National Preparedness Month | Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

National Preparedness Month 2017 Logo [JPG]Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.

In an email message from the US Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support program, this reminder is especially relevant:

September is National Preparedness Month— a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. Take a step toward preparedness. Create and maintain a comprehensive file of information about the person you are caring for. Whether you use an electronic format or a three-ring binder, keep the file where you can grab it quickly in an emergency or on your way out the door to an appointment.

Some items to include in a Patient File:

  • Care recipient’s medical history
  • Physician Contact Information
  • Allergies
  • Health history (e.g. surgeries, other medical conditions)
  • Medication List
  • Insurance Information (e.g., prescription, vision, dental, long-term care, etc.)
  • Legal Documents
  • Living Will
  • Durable power of attorney for Health Care (also known as a Health Care Proxy)
  • Power of Attorney for Finances
  • Contact information for care recipient’s lawyer
  •  Contact information for relatives and close friends

The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources Service Area 13 partners’ network likes this list a lot; in fact, the FEELING SAFE – BEING SAFE training workshop offered by the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area partners’ networks includes the same information in the planning process.

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If you would like information about FEELING SAFE – BEING SAFE, contact the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area coordinator. Call or text: 717.380.9714. Email: blllink@mail.com.

 

 

“PBS Announces Broadcast Premiere for THE VIETNAM WAR” | begins September 17 – PBS

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“ARLINGTON, VA — THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere September 17, 2017, on PBS stations nationwide. The first five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21, and the final five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28. Each episode will premiere at 8:00 p.m. ET with a repeat broadcast immediately following the premiere (check local listings).

Beginning Tuesday, October 3, the series will re-air on a weekly basis through November 28, at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).

On September 17, concurrent with the broadcast premiere, the first five episodes of THE VIETNAM WAR will be available for streaming on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast, and the final five episodes will be available beginning September 24. All episodes will remain accessible until October 3, when the series begins its weekly rebroadcast. During the rebroadcast period, each episode will be available to stream for two weeks. PBS station members with Passport, a benefit for donors, offering extended access to a rich library of public television programming can view the entire series (all 10 episodes) beginning September 17 (contact your local PBS station for details).  The series will also be available in Spanish and Vietnamese on streaming.

A trailer for the film is available hereContinue reading →

September 08 – Lebanon VA Medical Center 2017 Community Mental Health Summit – Register today!

VA MH SUMMITTo download the above information sheet as a .pdf for sharing / printing / elarging, click on the graphic or here

To reserve your seat at this summit, you must register for this event –

Click on the link below to register.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-community-mental-health-summit-tickets-36587572414

Immediate action following Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” report on Manchester (NH) VA hospital

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Yesterday, “Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin … removed the two top officials at the Manchester VA Medical Center and ordered a ‘top-to-bottom’ review of New Hampshire’s only hospital for veterans.

“Shulkin’s action came within hours after The Boston Globe published a Spotlight Team report detailing what several doctors and other medical staffers allege is dangerously substandard care given at the facility.”

“Portrait of a four-star veterans’ hospital: Care gets ‘worse and worse’ The Boston Globe SPOTLIGHT REPORT

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs annually rates its facilities; the 2016 End of Year Hospital Star Rating lists its healthcare facilities. Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center received a four-star rating as did the Manchester, NH hospital.

Here’s the link to the Manchester, NH VAMC Website and the link to its facebook page.

Here’s your introduction to the “Pennsylvania Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families”

The launch of the Pennsylvania Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families continues to gain praise and support. This creative use of the Internet to reach out to veterans and their families has been extremely well-received in communities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Network of Care’s one-stop “virtual community” brings together all relevant information on services, programs, support, crisis intervention, and news throughout the country and combines it with highly customized information on all local resources, county by county. This process makes it far easier for veterans to find everything available to them and, thus, connects them with the right resource at the right time.

Here are examples of the local coverage and promotion of the Pennsylvania Network of Care for Vets:

The Network of Care debuted in California and Maryland and now is easily replicated to any state or local jurisdiction in the nation.

Here is a short YouTube demo on the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families.

SOURCE: news release The Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members & Their Families

Link partners increase in each Service Area 13 County

NEW LINK PARTNERS

During the past month, the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Berks – Lancaster – Lebanon Service Area continued to expand its partners’ network in each county.

These are new partners in the Berks County Partners Network:

See the complete list of partners for each county:

If you are an agency, entity or organization that provides services for persons age 60 and over; persons with a disability; veterans; family members and caregivers, consider aligning with one or more of these counties as a partner with the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources, contact us for information. There are no fees or charges to be a Link partner.

Call or text 717.380.9714 or email blllink@mail.com to let us know you want to become a Link partner.

 

The Department of Education will publish an announcement in the May 22 FEDERAL REGISTER inviting applications under the Veterans Upward Bound Program.

The Department has identified $14.2 million for investment.  Applications are due thirty-days after publication (June 22).  The contact is Kenneth.Foushee@ed.gov.

The Upward Bound (UB) Program is one of the seven programs known as the Federal TRIO Programs. The UB Program is a discretionary grant program that supports projects designed to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter into, and succeed in, a program of postsecondary education. There are three types of grants under the UB Program: UB; Veterans UB; and UB Math and Science (UBMS) grants. In this notice, the Department is inviting applications for Veterans UB (VUB) grants only.

The VUB Program supports projects designed to prepare, motivate, and assist military veterans in the development of academic and other skills necessary for acceptance into and success in a program of postsecondary education.

The VUB Program is a critical component of the Department’s efforts to improve college readiness, college access, college selection, and degree completion for veterans. To more strategically align the VUB Program with broader reform strategies intended to improve postsecondary access and completion, and consistent with the Department’s increasing emphasis on promoting evidence-based practices through our grant competitions, the Secretary will also evaluate applications on the extent to which the components of the proposed project are supported by “strong theory”– that is, a rationale for the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice that includes a logic model. We encourage applicants to read carefully the Selection Criteria section of this notice. Resources to assist applicants in creating a logic model can be found here:

http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/pdf/REL_20140 07.pdf

Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education; public and private agencies; organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth; combinations of such institutions, agencies, and organizations; and secondary schools.

Click here for the pre-publication version of the notice which contains full background and outlines the application requirements and evaluative criteria.

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Take the mystery out of PTSD: learn what it is, who is affected, and how treatment can help. Find out if you or a loved one has PTSD, and discover ways to get help.june is ptsd awareness month

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