Free Wellness Day for Female Veterans
Past participants said:
"I learned how empowering it is to be with other women vets."
"Today was a day of peace, friendship, sharing stories of life's trials and tribulations. It was a day of healing and discovering the uniqueness in each of us."
"Cranaleith is accessible via public transportation, an easy trip from Center City."
Cranaleith, which means "sanctuary of trees" in Gaelic, is a retreat and education center located on a beautiful 10-acre property in Northeast Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, our mission is to offer a contemplative space for all those seeking wholeness and transformation.
CRANALEITH SPIRITUAL CENTER
13475 Proctor Road, Philadelphia, PA 19116
VA Health Enrollment and Information Fair, September 29, 2018, at the New Bloomfield VFW
The New Bloomfield VFW, 71 Soule Rd, New Bloomfield, Pa 17068 will be sponsoring a VA Enrollment and Information Fair on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in conjunction with the Lebanon VA Medical Center, Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery and the Perry County Director of Veterans Affairs. A free breakfast will be served to all who attend starting at 0900 hrs (9 AM). Immediately following the breakfast, representatives from the VA will discuss benefits and answer questions. Medical Center personnel will also be available to complete enrollment applications for Veterans who qualify. Veterans seeking to enroll should bring a copy of their DD214, their 2017 tax return and a list of their medical expenses. To get an estimated number of attendees for the breakfast, please contact the New Bloomfield VFW at 717-582-4992, and let them know you are planning to attend.
Please see the corresponding flyer under Documents on this page.
"ALERT - JURY DUTY SCAM"
Perry County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens about an ongoing phone scam related to jury duty, presently occurring in Dauphin County. To date there are no know incidents in Perry County.
The caller claims the call recipient owes a fine for failing to appear for jury duty, and that the fine may be paid by some form of a gift card.
Authentic jury duty notifications, including failure to appear notices will not be sent by e-mails. Sheriff Hile advised that they will contact a Juror, by phone, if the Juror misses jury selection; however, they will never ask for payments of any type nor a Social Security Number.
If you or anyone you know have been contacted for such payment, please report this to the Perry County Sheriff's office at (717) 582-5123.
VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.
This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and the rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.
Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.
“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services.”
The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.
To request a VIC, Veterans must visit vets.gov, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.
Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at vets.gov. A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.
Perry County Commissioner Steve Naylor, on behalf of Commissioner Brenda Benner and Commissioner Paul Rudy, presented Veteran Charlie Barrier a Certificate of Appreciation for his Military Service, at a 90th Birthday Celebration at the New Bloomfield VFW on Sept 10, 2017.
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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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.
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:
Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
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
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.
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:
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.”