Category Archives: Veterans

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

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“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.

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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” – Grandparents.com

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 Grandparents.com 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

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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.”

FAMILY CAREGIVING VIDEO SERIES: MOBILITY

ENGLISH:

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

SPANISH:

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

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“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.”

“From shell-shock to PTSD, a century of invisible war trauma” – The Conversation

As veterans returned home from the war in Vietnam, combat trauma became less stigmatized. manhhai, CC BY

“In the wake of World War I, some veterans returned wounded, but not with obvious physical injuries. Instead, their symptoms were similar to those that had previously been associated with hysterical women – most commonly amnesia, or some kind of paralysis or inability to communicate with no clear physical cause.

“English physician Charles Myers, who wrote the first paper on “shell-shock” in 1915, theorized that these symptoms actually did stem from a physical injury. He posited that repetitive exposure to concussive blasts caused brain trauma that resulted in this strange grouping of symptoms. But once put to the test, his hypothesis didn’t hold up. There were plenty of veterans who had not been exposed to the concussive blasts of trench warfare, for example, who were still experiencing the symptoms of shell-shock. (And certainly not all veterans who had seen this kind of battle returned with symptoms.)

“We now know that what these combat veterans were facing was likely what today we call post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.”

Click to continue reading this article in its entirety at The Conversation.

Therapeutic couples retreats | FREE to ALL current and former service members

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Click here: https://www.caron.org/our-programs/breakthrough-at-caron/specialized-programming/veterans-healing-through-connection

Statewide Employment Opportunities for Veterans Employment Representatives (Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry)

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Veterans Employment Representative 1 and Veterans Employment Representative 2

Employment Opportunities:  The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry currently has a grand total of five vacancies for Veterans Employment Representatives.  There is one vacancy for Veterans Employment Representative 1 in Philadelphia.  The agency is willing to fill this vacancy with a service-connected disabled veteran (job code VER1D) or an eligible veteran (job code 06370).  There are four vacancies for Veterans Employment Representative 2 — one in each of the following counties:  Allegheny, Berks, Butler, and Dauphin.  The agency is willing to fill these positions with a service-connected disabled veteran (job code VER2D), an eligible veteran (job code 06380) or an eligible spouse (job code VER2S).

Nature of Work for Veterans Employment Representative 1: You will provide job related information and outreach services to disabled veterans and other veterans to assist them in finding employment.  You will interview veterans, take employment requests from employers (job orders) and refer veterans to employers or other services.

In order to be considered for Veterans Employment Representative 1, applicants must pass the civil service exam for Veterans Employment Representative 1, and must show three years of responsible public contact work in veterans’ affairs or employment service work; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.  College coursework can substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Nature of Work for Veterans Employment Representative 2You will provide job related information and outreach services to disabled veterans and other veterans to assist them in finding employment.  You will interview veterans, take employment requests from employers (job orders) and refer veterans to employers or other services.  You will also promote the employment of veterans through personal visits or formal presentations to companies, businesses, and veterans’ organizations.

In order to be considered for Veterans Employment Representative 2, applicants must pass the civil service exam for Veterans Employment Representative 2, and must show one year as a Veterans Employment Representative 1; OR 5 years of responsible public contact work in veterans’ affairs or employment service work; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.  College coursework can substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Necessary Special Requirement (all job titles except VER1S and VER2S)

Completion of service in a branch of the United States Armed Forces separated with other than a dishonorable discharge.

Clarification of Necessary Requirement (all job titles except VER1S and VER2S)

This means you must have served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days and have been discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge or discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected compensated disability.

If you were a member of the Reserves or National Guard and had more than 180 days of active duty (not active duty for training) and were discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge or were released from active duty because of a service-connected compensated disability, you also meet this requirement.

Clarification of Necessary Requirement for VER1S and VER2S – Eligible Spouse

If you are the spouse of a veteran who died of service-connected disabilities or a spouse of an active duty veteran forcibly detained or missing in action (MIA) or a spouse of a 100% disabled veteran, you also meet the Necessary Special Requirement.

Starting Salary for Veterans Employment Representative 1$36,342/annually, plus benefits

Starting Salary for Veterans Employment Representative 2$41,135/annually, plus benefits

Have questions?  Please call Jeanne Block at (717) 772-1853.

How to ApplyApply online at www.scsc.pa.gov.  Log in to the Online Services section of the homepage.  Select View Open Announcements & Apply from the menu, and reference announcement #2014-078 for Veterans Employment Representatives to submit your application and schedule your civil service exam.  When completing your application, you must first determine which one veterans’ status listed above applies to you. Refer to the PRIORITIES IN HIRING section to help you determine which veterans’ status to choose when applying.  You must submit Application Supplement #2014-078-1 and documents verifying veterans’ status.

Veterans:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the veterans section of www.scsc.pa.gov.

Location for Veterans Employment Representative 1:

PA CareerLink Philadelphia West, 3901 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA  19104

Locations for Veterans Employment Representative 2:

 PA CareerLink Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, 304 Wood Street, Wood Street Commons, Pittsburgh, PA  15222

PA CareerLink Berks County, 1920 Kutztown Road, Reading, PA  19604

PA CareerLink Butler County, 112 Hollywood Drive Suite 203, Butler, PA  16001

PA CareerLink Capitol Region, 100 North Cameron Street Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA  17101

Veterans … Re-discover the National Resource Directory!

NRD womensPhoto by Micaiah Anthony / U.S. Air Force

Though March is Women’s History Month, the National Resource Directory celebrates the contributions women in service and as caregivers have made every day. This country has been enriched by the hard work and dedication of women, and because they have provided so much, the NRD is there for them.

Whether it’s health care or child care programs, financial services or G.I. Bill benefits, the National Resource Directory can help. There are pages of information tailored specifically for women, and they can be found by clicking here.

Caregivers impact lives, too, making a difference for their veteran or wounded, injured, or ill spouse or family member. The National Resource Directory has nearly 250 pages of resources catered to caregivers that can provide assistance. These resources can be national programs or service-specific, ranging from counseling and support groups to family recreation, or education programs to employment. Find the resources that will help you.”

VA Secretary Announces Intention to Expand Mental Health Care to Former Service members With Other-than-honorable Discharges and in Crisis

WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin while testifying in a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on March 7, 2017, announced his intention to expand provisions for urgent mental health care needs to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.  This move marks the first time a VA Secretary has implemented an initiative specifically focused on expanding access to assist former OTH service members who are in mental health distress and may be at risk for suicide or other adverse behaviors.

“The president and I have made it clear that suicide prevention is one or our top priorities,” Shulkin said. “We know the rate of death by suicide among Veterans who do not use VA care is increasing at a greater rate than Veterans who use VA care. This is a national emergency that requires bold action. We must and we will do all that we can to help former service members who may be at risk. When we say even one Veteran suicide is one too many, we mean it.”

It is estimated that there are a little more than 500,000 former service members with OTH discharges. As part of the proposal, former OTH service members would be able to seek treatment at a VA emergency department, Vet Center or contact the Veterans Crisis Line.

“Our goal is simple: to save lives,” Shulkin continued. “Veterans who are in crisis should receive help immediately. Far too many Veterans have fallen victim to suicide, roughly 20 every day. Far too many families are left behind asking themselves what more could have been done. The time for action is now.”

Before finalizing the plan in early summer, Shulkin will meet with Congress, Veterans Service Organizations and Department of Defense officials to determine the best way forward to get these former service members the care they need.

“I look forward to working with leaders like Congressman Mike Coffman from Colorado, who has been a champion for OTH service members,” Shulkin added. “I am grateful for his commitment to our nation’s Veterans and for helping me better understand the urgency of getting this right.”

Veterans in crisis should call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (press 1), or text 838255.

(SOURCE: news release)