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June 22, 2022

DMVA Digest

A publication of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center Residents Receive Gifts Of Plants:

Volunteers with Scranton Tomorrow and Neighborworks NEPA took their green thumbs to the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center, Scranton, where they potted more than 150 spider plants to gift to the residents. The effort was part of the community's outreach to help veterans overcome feelings of isolation brought on by the pandemic.

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Exciting And Rewarding Health Care Career Opportunities Available At The Pennsylvania Soldiers’ And Sailors’ Home:

Are you looking for an exciting career in health care? The Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home (PSSH) is seeking hard-working, passionate, and caring people who are dedicated to taking care of America’s veterans. The PSSH is holding a job fair to hire registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aids and aid trainees. Anyone interested can learn more and even apply by attending a PSSH job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 560 East Third Street, Erie, PA 16507.

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DMVA Honors Certified Nursing Assistants At PSSH For Their Selfless Care Of Veterans:

Today, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) at the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home (PSSH) in Erie were honored for their selfless care of veterans in recognition of National Nursing Assistants Week June 16-22, 2022. The PSSH is one of six veterans homes operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). The DMVA is honoring its nearly 500 CNAs who care for our veterans and their families throughout all of its six veterans homes. 

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Pennsylvania Soldiers' And Sailors' Home Hosts Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:

Flag Day took on even greater meaning at the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Erie as representatives of the facility inducted two veterans into their Hall of Fame. The salute to veterans was part of its celebration of Veterans Homes Week.

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Pennsylvania Air Guard Firefighters Train At Joint Base Andrews:

Five firefighters from the 193rd Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron recently completed joint training with their active-duty counterparts at the 316th Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, MD. The goal of this training was to strengthen the relationship between Air National Guardsmen and their active-duty counterparts, while fulfilling mandatory yearly readiness certifications.  

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Pennsylvania National Guard Fills Key Roles In Cyber Shield 2022:

A team of about 10 Pennsylvania National Guard cyber and computer security specialists recently participated in Cyber Shield 2022, the Department of Defense’s largest unclassified cyber defense exercise involving approximately 800 National Guard cyber specialists as well as law enforcement, legal, government and corporate partners from across the country. The Pennsylvania National Guard members are part of the state’s Defensive Cyber Operations Element.

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What To Know About Veteran Pension Poaching:

Veterans may be eligible for a wide array of benefits from both the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and the VA. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who are preying on veterans, particularly older veterans, to profit from the veteran's desire to apply for the benefits they earned while defending our country and our freedoms. DMVA wants you to know that free and safe assistance is available to help veterans and their beneficiaries apply for veteran benefits including VA pension. ​​​

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Local Trout Unlimited Chapter Plants More Than 30 Trees In Snitz Creek Conservation Effort:

Members of the Doc Fritchey chapter of Trout Unlimited recently gathered on the east bank of Snitz Creek to plant more than 30 tree saplings. The chapter planted the saplings as part of their conservation efforts on the property, located in close proximity to Ft. Indiantown Gap.  

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This Is The City With The Most Veterans In Pennsylvania:

Of the communities in Pennsylvania with populations of at least 25,000, Altoona has the highest share of military veterans. There are about 34,000 civilians 18 and older residing in Altoona, and 9.4% of them are veterans.

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Fundraiser Benefits Efforts To Provide Service Dogs For Veterans:

For the second year, North Strabane Township, PA resident Bri Hall organized a fundraiser to benefit nonprofits that help provide service dogs for veterans. Her efforts resulted in a $64,000 donation to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.

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Governor Wolf's Administration Launches Online Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Prevention Resources:

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced the launch of two new online resources: a new webpage focused on the growing problem of financial exploitation of older adults, and an elder abuse awareness web-based training module. The resources were introduced on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. 

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Veterans Response Team Gathers To Strengthen County, VA Efforts:

Coatesville VA Medical Center and Montgomery County have partnered to form a Veterans Response Team to strengthen the relationship between VA staff and community law enforcement agencies to train officers on how to help veterans access their benefits.

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Application Deadline Extended To Dec. 31, 2022 For Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program:

The Pennsylvania departments of Revenue and Aging announced that the deadline for older and disabled Pennsylvanians to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2021 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2022. Rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2021 are set to begin on July 1.

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VA And IBM Collaboration To Build Pathways For Veteran Success:

On May 10, 2022, VA and IBM announced a collaboration at IMB's THINK on Tour 2022 event in Boston to connect veterans to training and networking programs that lead to gainful employment in technology fields.

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Experience Live Events Through Vet Tix With Friends And Family:

National nonprofit Vet Tix is offering free event tickets to veterans and service members, to honor their service and provide positive family and life experiences. Vet Tix receives donated tickets from professional collegiate sports teams, concert and performing arts venues, and other entertainment outlets.

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PTSD Screening Day:

The National Center for PTSD is launching National PTSD Screening Day on June 27, 2022, encouraging veterans and others who experienced trauma to start the conversation about recovery. Learning whether someone might have symptoms of PTSD is an important step to getting the treatment they deserve.

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Financial Tips For Transitioning Vets:

Two of the many financial hurdles faced by veterans as they transition from military life to civilian life is that no two veteran's cases are the same and no situation should be considered insurmountable. A retired veteran who now works as a regional outreach manager and certified financial instruction shares his experiences.

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VA Nurse Develops First Chest Pain Triage Protocol For Urgent Care:

VA nurse practitioner Lorilea Johnson has pioneered a protocol for urgent care providers to assess the risk of a cardiac event occurring in patients experiencing chest pain. The protocol has potential for use in urgent care facilities nationwide.

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This listing is offered as a service to individuals and organizations to promote their veteran and military-oriented employment opportunities. The information is taken directly from emailed requestor submissions. DMVA is not responsible for incorrect information submitted.

Pennsylvania Soldiers' And Sailors' Home Hosts Job Fair:

Learn how you can apply your clinical skills as an RN, LPN, or CNA, and join the dynamic staff of the Pennsylvania Soldiers' And Sailors' Home. Contact Brian Skinner at for more information.

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More Employment Opportunities:

To see a full listing of employment opportunities, visit the DMVA Employment page. 

DMVA Employment List

This listing is offered as a service to individuals and organizations to promote their veteran and military-oriented events held in Pennsylvania. The information is taken directly from requestor submissions. DMVA is not responsible for incorrect information submitted. 

Free Beekeeping And Pollinator Day For Veterans:

Veterans and their guests are invited to the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center for a free introduction to beekeeping and a pollinator discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the grounds and learn about a new vocation.

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More Events Listing:

To see a full listing of events, visit the DMVA Events page. ​​​​​​

DMVA Events List

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