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August 3, 2022

DMVA Digest

A publication of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Keystone State Challenge Academy Holds Crossover Ceremony:

A Crossover Ceremony was held for the Keystone State Challenge Academy inaugural class - recognizing 20 young men and women who have spent two weeks working hard and preparing to become official cadets. The Academy is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).

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DMVA Officials Address Pennsylvania Veterans Waiting More Than A Year For Federal Records:

Brig. Gen. (PA) Maureen Weigl, deputy adjutant general, veterans affairs, Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) joined Indiana County Director of Veteran Affairs Allen Lockard in a hearing to address the systemic issue of how long veterans wait for military records requested from the federal government. 

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DMVA Reminds Veterans To Secure Their Military Paperwork:

Leaving the military can be a hectic and stressful time, especially with the current COVID-19 challenges. Transitioning veterans often forget how important it is to properly record and safeguard their most important military paperwork, the DD Form 214. That is where the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) can help. 

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111th Attack Wing Officer Selected To Join Air Force Team In Championship Rugby Match:

Captain Soosoo Taulelei of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard was selected to represent the Department of the Air Force as a member of its rugby team during the 2022 Armed Forces Men's Rugby Championship.

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DMVA Is Hiring Nurses:

We have open nursing positions across the commonwealth. Learn more and apply today!

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Schuylkill County Women's Veterans Group Provides Support, Informational Resources To Women In Region:

Army Brig. Gen. Laura McHugh established this special interest resource group with Starr Seip, a recently retired medical service officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, citing a need in Schuylkill County for support groups for women in the military. 

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Veteran, First-Generation Farmer Hopes To Expand, Build Legacy In Nicktown:

Sergeant First Class Dubovecky of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard founded Dubovecky Farms in Nicktown as a first-generation veteran-owned farm and hopes to build something he can pass down to his children.

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Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Hosted Ceremony For Lebanon County Veterans With No Family:

A 21-gun salute was preformed at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on Aug. 1, 2022 as five veterans who died without any known family were laid to rest. 

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"I Have Zero Student Loans" Governor Tom Wolf Visits Penn State To Celebrate the Pennsylvania G.I. Bill:

Behind a backdrop of 11 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Governor Wolf celebrated the success of a bipartisan piece of legislation  that has already helped 3,300 Guard members.  

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Greensburg Special Occasion Retailer MB Bride Supports Military With Annual Gown Giveaway:

Special occasion and bridal gown retailer MB Bride in Greensburg made it easy and affordable for Lisa Denk of Jefferson Hills to obtain the wedding gown of her dreams through the annual Hug-A-Hero gown giveaway.

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Simulated Guard Exercise Trains For Hypersonic Missile Attacks On Major US Cities:

A task force of 400 military members and 150 local, state and federal emergency workers conducted a simulated training exercise, which consisted of hypersonic missile strikes to New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia simultaneously. 

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VA Math For How Disability Is Calculated:

Paul Corbit, U.S. Marine Corp veteran, provides a simple explanation and formula breakdown, to calculate total compensation. 

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102-Year-Old WWII Veteran From Segregated Mail Unit Honored:

The oldest living member of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion received honors for her service by accepting the Congressional Gold Medal for the unit. 

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Veterans Crisis Line Announces New Number - Dial 988 Then Press 1:

Veterans in crisis now have a shorter, easier-to-remember way to get support as quickly as possible. 

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Statement From VA Secretary Denis McDonough On The Passage Of The PACT Act:

Yesterday, the Senate passed S.3373 - Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022 (The Honoring our PACT Act of 2022). Once signed by the President the PACT Act will expand VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

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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.

Governor Wolf Announces Phoenix Tube Expansion, Creating 30 New Manufacturing Jobs In Bethlehem:

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Phoenix Tube Co., Inc., a leading manufacturer of stainless-steel products, is expanding its operation in Bethlehem, Northampton County. This expansion will allow the company to create and retain at least 165 total jobs. The company is adding a new production line to manufacture small diameter stainless steel, titanium, and nickel alloy pressure tubing by constructing a 52,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its existing facility.

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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. 

Association Of The United States Army And US Field Artillery Association To Host Golf Tournament:

The Keystone chapters of the Association of the U.S. Army and U.S. Field Artillery Association are hosting a golf tournament on Aug. 19, 2022 at Mayapple Golf Course, in support of their various programs. Participants can register to play as a foursome, serve as sponsors, or donate items to be used as prizes.

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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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