LVMAC News: Battle Borne Explains Why It Exists and What it Does

Presented by Chris Yarnell, President of Battle Borne on 18 May 2022 at the council meeting.  It came about as a result of need, and is now an example of government-community partnership to a concrete purpose at the ground floor level.  Recovery requires more than chatter; families have needs also; connecting veterans and their families to resources requires warm hand-off. (more…)

LVMAC Tidbit: You Are Remembered

Little noted, Gold Star Spouse Day was observed on 5 April 2021, but you are not forgotten: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/86857/gold-star-spouses-day/ For more information on how to proceed, your best bet is to see an accredited veterans service officer. ### As of 15 April 2021

Forward Observer: Bethany UM Adds to Its Military Veteran Family Support Services

LVMAC Poster Art 2005As we reported in a 19 September blog, Bethany United Methodist Church located in the Macungie/Wescoville area, intended to conduct two workshops to promote a better understanding of PTSD with the ultimate intention of starting a peer-to-peer support group afterwards.

As a result of those meetings, we have learned that the church has started two of these types of support groups instead:  one for male veterans and another for women, whether veterans or spouses or ‘significant others’ — which makes this group unique to the valley when looked at from a veteran’s context. (more…)

LVMAC Tidbit: Have You Considered Our Counties’ Departments of Human Services as a Useful Resource for Veterans?

Regarding veterans benefits and services in this valley,we most often think of those provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). The smattering of state veterans benefits are hardly given a thought.  Admittedly, for the average veteran they are nonexistent.

However, veterans and their families sometimes forget that county-level human services resources do exist which might be useful to them. After all, Pennsylvania state government depends upon its counties to deliver the majority of its organized, social services.  Unfortunately counties are generally inexpert at marketing or advertising the value of their Department of Human Services services to veterans and their families

Yet, to know of these resources is important, even for those receiving VA or DoD veterans benefits. (more…)