Category Archives: Veterans

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


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 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

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: 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

Raise PTSD_Awareness

National Center for PTSD

Attention area veterans! Did you know there’s a Veterans Mental Health Council? With monthly meetings at the VA Medical Center in Lebanon.

VA mental health council

Click on the graphic above to download the brochure for more information.

May 31 – Town Hall Meeting at Veterans Affairs Medical Center [VAMC] – Lebanon

VA town hall

“Wills for Heroes” program announced for veterans, and spouses or partners, and emergency responders

The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in partnership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and with sponsorship by Ballard Spahr LLP, are proud to bring the Wills for Heroes program to you.

Wills for Heroes is a free and easy service that provides Wills, Living Wills, Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney to veterans and their spouses/partners.

wills for heroes PA

To download the above graphic, as a .pdf format, for sharing, printing or enlarging, click here or on the graphic.

Please post and/or forward this email to anyone who is a veteran or first responder.  Plenty of appointments right now.

Click here for a .pdf file for a flyer w/ more general information on the Wills for Heroes program.

Click here to download a .pdf file of a questionnaire should be printed, completed and brought with you for the appointment you signed up for.

This is an opportunity for our Vets to have FREE estate planning services which includes Wills, Living Wills, Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney.

Veterans Choice Program Law changes

President Trump signed legislation Wednesday that will dramatically expand a program at the Department of Veterans Affairs that lets patients seek care from private doctors if they want to bypass the troubled VA system.” – The Washington Examiner

VA choice fact sheetClick on the graphic above to download the two-page .pdf file about the Veterans Choice program. Info Sheet shared by Dale Derr, Berks County Veterans Affairs director.

“7 Foot Problems That Can Be Serious” –

These seemingly harmless conditions can signal real health issues.

by Jessica Dysart

foot problems“If you want to know the state of your health, try looking down. ‘There’s no question it’s extremely important that people pay attention to their feet,’ says Terry Philbin, D.O., spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a foot and ankle specialist at the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Westerville, Ohio. The condition of your feet can give you clues to a host of medical issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, and even heart disease. Read on to find out what to look for and what it may mean.”

Continue reading this article at and find out what the seven foot problems are, click here.



“New Home Alone Alliance Video Series Brings Together AARP and VA to Support Family Caregivers” | Videos are in English and Spanish

va care giver support

An email from the VA Caregiver Support program contained this important message that really is helpful for anyone who is a caregiver. The videos offer

“The New Home Alone Alliance Video Series Brings Together AARP and VA to Support Family Caregivers. AARP partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a Home Alone Alliance member, to release a video series instructing family caregivers how to perform mobility-related tasks.

“Please see the evidence-based video series (below) that include input from both practicing clinicians and family caregivers. We encouraged you to view the video series to enhance your Veteran’s care at home and/or share with other Caregivers that may benefit from the instructional series.”



Preparing Your Home for Safe Mobility

Getting from a Car to a Wheelchair

What to Do When Someone Falls

Using a Walker or Cane and Navigating Stairs

Moving from a Walker to Shower or Bed


Serie para cuidadores familiares: Cómo preparar tu hogar para la movilidad segura

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Salir del auto a una silla de ruedas

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Cómo usar un andador o un bastón y subir o bajar las escaleras

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Llegar del andador a la ducha o la cama

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Qué hacer cuando alguien se cae


“With VA’s Caregiver Support Line assistance is just a quick phone call away. Whether you’re in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed professionals who answer the support line can:

  • Tell you about the assistance available from VA.
  • Help you access services.
  • Connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you.
  • Just listen, if that’s what you need right now.

“If you’re just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that’s available to you.”