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Welcome to Perry County Veteran's Affairs
Where every day is Veteran's Day!

Phone: 717-582-5133
Fax: 717-582-5134
Mailing Address:
Perry County Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box# 37
New Bloomfield, PA  17068

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday  8:00 AM-4:00 PM
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For your convenience, please call for appointment)                    
                      
Friday - Appointments Only

Location:
Perry County Veterans Affairs
25 West Main Street
New Bloomfield, PA 17068

Veterans’ Affairs office assists veterans in obtaining benefits and official discharge papers by determining their eligibility and preparing necessary Veterans’ Administration forms.  It provides assistance to the widows/widowers of recently deceased veterans. 
 
It also coordinates with local veterans organizations to disperse appropriations for expenses for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day observances. 
 
The office issues grave burial flags to appropriate agency/organizations in observance of Memorial Day.
 
 

Announcements  

Transitional Housing Case Manager

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Department is seeking a full-time Transitional Housing Case Manager in Perry County. This position will provide case management services to residents of the transitional housing program as well as individual and group counseling for residents and children. The Case Manager will also provide outreach and advocacy in the local community. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work independently, utilize sound judgment, respond to crisis situations in a professional manner, and balance numerous priorities and tasks simultaneously. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Prior experience in crisis intervention is a plus. Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field and prior related work experience required. Must have valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, clean driving record, and proof of insurance.  FBI, criminal, and child abuse clearances are also required.

Apply by August 22, 2017

Ashley Berg
Perry County Victim/Witness Program
(T) 717-582-5122

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LOWE'S ANNOUNCES MILITARY DISCOUNT OFFERING TO VETERANS

Lowe's home improvement stores has announced they are expanding military discount program (10%) to include honorably discharged military veterans and retirees.  To take advantage, current and former members need to sign up online or visit the service desk.  They'll provide identification and proof of service and then receive a Lowe's card to show at stores to receive the discounts and benefits.  The discount is linked to the veteran's Lowe's account.  Once someone receives their card they don't have to show proof of service or ID at checkouts.

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Volunteer Veterans needed:

Hospice of Central Pennsylvania is looking for military veterans to volunteer for a program to support veteran patients.

The Vet-to-Vet Visitation program pairs volunteers with military veteran hospice patients.

Hospice of Central Pennsylvania has been participating in the program for the last two years. They care for up to 50 veterans at a time and expect to care for 700 veterans this year.

Hospice workers say veterans can offer a connection to veteran patients that others may not be able to.

“With staff and volunteers, we have specialized training on how to deal with patients at the end of life. But, we may not always understand where they’re coming from and their lives before they were admitted to hospice care,” said Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Schaefer. “They might not have been in the same era or the same place, with combat, but they can understand these stories in a way that nobody else can.”

Family members of patients have said the program has even allowed them to learn things about their loved one they never knew.

“Family members are telling us that they’re hearing stories, hearing history about their loved one that they’ve never heard before,” said Fred Anderson with Hospice of Central Pennsylvania. “Some of their stories about being in World War II, or maybe serving in Vietnam, that this veteran patient may not have necessarily conveyed to their family. But, it’s coming out because we’ve connected them with a fellow volunteer.”

All volunteers are provided training that introduces them to hospice concepts, end-of-life issues, and good listening techniques.

The Vet-to-Vet Visitation program is a local affiliate of We Honor Vets, a national program of the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospice and Palliative Care Initiative.

People who wish to volunteer can call Hospice of Central Pennsylvania at 717-732-1000 or 1-866-779-7374, or visit www.hospiceofcentralpa.org/volunteer

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Attention Veterans needing Emergency Care:

If you are enrolled in the VA Medical Benefits and require Emergency Medical/Room treatment outside the VA, for VA to pay those medical costs, you must contact Lebanon VAMC within 48 hours and request payment through fee Basis.  Failure to contact Lebanon VAMC within the 48 hours may be reason for a denial for payment by the VA of any of the costs for your treatment.

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The PA Department of Human Services, Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services, is currently recruiting to fill the following vacancies:

Youth Development Aide Trainee - 18 vacancies; four in Franklin County, seven in Montour County, and seven in Perry County.  The agency anticipates 47 vacancies statewide by year end. 

Youth Development Aide - 15 vacancies; five each in Franklin, Montour and Perry Counties.  The agency anticipates 70 vacancies statewide by year end.        

Please see promotional flyers and other information about these opportunities, including the starting salary, nature of the work, minimum requirements, contact information, and how to apply under Documents on this web page. 

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Signing up for VA Health Care is easier than ever.

You can now electronically sign up for VA Health Care at Vets.gov in addition to filing for VA Health Care through the 10-10EZ paper application or contact the Perry County Veterans Affairs Office at 717-582-5133.

You may be eligible for VA health care if you:

Served on active duty, and separated under conditions other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care.

If you separated under a dishonorable discharge, visit healthcare.gov to find out if you qualify for health insurance.


The following Public Service Announcement (PSA) highlights the transitions — such as sending a child off to college, retiring, or losing a loved one — that Veterans and Service members may navigate in their lives. Sometimes these challenges contribute to feelings of hopelessness or even thoughts of suicide. That’s when the support of family and friends can make a big difference.

Please watch this PSA and share it on your social networks. By doing so, you’ll encourage others to take the time to truly listen to the Veterans and Service members they encounter every day. The simple act of listening can be the turning point that enables a Veteran or Service member to reach out for help.

Useful Links

MyHealtheVet Website

MyHealtheVet Account Types

Register for MyHealtheVet Account

Authentication Form

Secure Messaging Information

User Guides

VeteransCrisisLine

 

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Veterans' Expo &  Job Fairs

If interested, please click on  Veterans' Expo & Job Fairs 2017 under Links on the right hand side of this page.

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Camp Lejeune:

 Disability compensation VA recently proposed a rule to create presumptive service connection for Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 who later developed one of the following eight diseases:

Adult leukemia

Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes

Bladder cancer

Kidney cancer

Liver cancer

Multiple myeloma

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Parkinson's disease

Presently, these conditions are the only ones for which there is sufficient scientific and medical evidence to support the creation of presumptions; however, VA will continue to review relevant information as it becomes available. Veterans who are experiencing other health conditions that they think may be related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune are encouraged to contact their primary care provider and to file a claim. VA reviews and decides disability compensation claims on a case-by-case basis. -

See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/#sthash.ZA1frcoV.dpuf


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ATTENTION VETERANS: If you are planning on signing up for Social Security, take your DD-214 to the appointment.  Your Military Service may increase your monthly benefit.

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A recently developed a new site meant to offer greater insight and information for Veterans looking for the best educational option available.  They focused their research on factors most relevant and value to Veterans, such as current veterans student population, net out of pocket costs, reputation, program support. Most importantly the resource provides tools that let Veterans create their own methodology/criteria to help evaluate and compare the researched data.

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

http://www.rankings.com/veteran-friendly-colleges/

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 "Veterans ID Cards"

“The Veterans Identification Card Act 2015 (Public Law 114-31) was enacted on July 20, 2015.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in the process of reviewing the law and has formed a working group to begin the process of implementation.  This process will include outreach to Veterans and others to ensure that the law is implemented in the best way possible.  VA will publish regulations and solicit public comment before finalizing the program.

 As these implementation steps are finalized, VA will be reaching out to Veterans to explain how they can obtain an ID card, should they choose to request one.

The Veterans Identification Card Act requires VA to issue veterans an identification card upon their request.  In many instances, these cards will be able to serve as proof of service in the Armed Forces in place of the standard DD-214 forms. As indicated in the law, these ID cards would not take the place of a health care enrollment card, a Choice Card, or any additional identification card that confers VA benefits upon the cardholder.

VBA has been tasked with implementing this law.”

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Good news for Veterans!  VA now provides dental insurance for those veterans enrolled in VA healthcare!
Just click on the links below to find out more!

Video and Booklets - Program changes went into effect on January 1, 2015.  Please review the “Compare Plans” link, as well as the Updated Video and Updated Benefits Booklet on our website at www.deltadentalvadip.org

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I'm  excited to share with you an updated Veterans Hiring Guide, available at https://www.vetsuccess.va.gov/public/employers.htmlThe goal is to help employers find job-seeking Veterans or assist ongoing efforts of veteran hiring programs.  There is also included key resources for employers seeking to attract military spouses. 

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2015 Top Military Friendly Online Colleges

This resource just completed a revamp of its online colleges including an extensive research into four areas of military friendliness (military culture, flexibility, financial aid, and online support) and then analyzed the results.

The results are the 2015 Top Military Friendly Online Colleges.  53 schools stood out as exceptional among over 400 analyzed.  Also featured are 25 schools that offer the best online experience for military professionals and veterans:

 
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VA Launches Hotline to Answer Questions on VA Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans:                 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new hotline — 1-855-VA-WOMEN — to receive and respond to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans. The service began accepting calls on April 23, 2013.

“Some women Veterans may not know about high-quality VA care and services available to them,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “The hotline will allow us to field their questions and provide critical information about the latest enhancements in VA services.”

 

 

Links

Documents

GW_CBTi_Brouchure_02.27.16.pdfClinical Trial for Gulf War Veterans
2017 Benefit Concert.pdf2017 Benefit Concert
Veterans Employment Representative 1 - one pager.pdfVeterans Employment Representative 1
Update on Camp Lejeune.pdfUpdate on Camp Lejeune Contaminated Drinking Water
VA ALP Fact Sheet.pdfVA Accelerated Learning Program Fact Sheet
VA LOAN FLYER.pdfVA Loans
IB10-449_camp_lejeune.pdfNew 2015 Camp Lejeune Fact Sheet
Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Program.pdfHomeowner Housing Rehabilitation Program
Supportive Services for Veteran Families.pdfSupportive Services for Veteran Families
MST Claims Fact Sheet 2013.pdfMST Claims Fact Sheet
Veterans Charities.pdfHow to check out Veterans Charities
WARNING TO VETERANS.pdfWarning to Veterans!
lsw_privacy_act_waiver.pdfLSW Privacy Act Waiver
lsw_intake_form.pdfLSW Intake Form
lawyers_serving_warriors.pdfLawyers Serving Warriors