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The Delaware Veterans Coalition’s goal is to keep our website current as a source of information on benefits, opportunities, and events for our readers. Check back often. Please note you can sign up for a free update on veteran-related legislation by clicking on the newsletter registration link on the right. You can also submit an application for membership on the left. Membership is open to all honorably-discharged veterans residing in Delaware at only $20 per year. We meet every other month on the 4th Monday of the month, beginning in January of each year.

Donated bricks surround the Kent County Veterans Memorial ParkWe also support the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park which tributes Gold Star Mother and Families, those lost in Vietnam, Korea, and the Middle East. The park also contains a POW/MIA Chair of Honor, a War Dog memorial and a UH-1 “Huey” Dustoff helicopter perched on an 18-foot stand. The park is financed through the sale of memorial bricks. If you wish to honor a family member or loved one who served, buy a brick to support the memorials, visit the Support the Memorials page.

The Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition is proud to announce that our Military and Veterans Mental Health Summit is returning to Dover Downs this September!

When: Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
8:30am—3:30pm

Where: Dover Downs Hotel and Casino
Cost: Free!

Theme: Military Sexual Trauma

Keynote Address:
Pauline Thompson, PhD

CEUs are pending
Community and Clinical Tracks Available

Register now >

Jennifer Smolowitz
Project Director for Suicide Prevention
Mental Health Association in Delaware
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 600
Wilmington, DE 19801-6604
302-654-6833
302-654-6838 (fax)

Now Accepting Applications for 2019/2020 Program Year

Program starts October 1, 2019 and ends August 31, 2020.

This is an exciting opportunity in an award-winning AmeriCorps program for Military Veterans or immediate military family members. Learn skills and gain certifications that will assist you in gaining employment in the natural resources field.

Perfect opportunity for military veterans, recently retired veterans, active guard and reserve members, military spouses and immediate family members to earn money, gain skills, and earn an education award!

Slots are limited and fill quickly.

Trails/Park Project Team – As part of a team, you will learn and perform a variety of conservation activities including trail maintenance, invasive
plant identification and eradication and park based projects.

Environmental Stewardship Team – you will serve directly with our field experts learning and performing Environmental Stewardship activities.

FBI fingerprint background investigation is required, provided by the program at no cost to participants.

Positions available statewide.

Benefits include:

  • Stipend paid every two weeks
  • Education Award upon successful completion
  • Outstanding training, certifications, and experience
  • Uniforms
  • Admission to all Delaware State Parks
  • Eligibility
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

To Qualify:

  • Must be a military veteran and/or military family member
  • Able to pass State and FBI criminal background check
  • Committed to a full term of service (1700 hours)
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S
  • Available some weekends and evenings. Mostly day participation Monday – Friday, 7am-3pm

Job Requirements

  • Able to perform hard physical outdoor work in various conditions
  • Able to learn local flora and fauna
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Able to work as a part of a team and alone with little direct supervision
  • Able to learn and apply program rules, regulations, policies and procedures

Apply now online >

POC:
Karen Minner CIG, CPSI
Veterans Conservation Corps – AmeriCorps Program Director
Grants Administrator
Delaware State Parks

PLEASE NOTE – NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS KAREN.MINNER@DELAWARE.GOV
P: 302-739-9208
F: 302-661-7209

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a new urgent care benefit under the newly implemented MISSION Act, for eligible Veterans. The urgent care benefit lets Veterans enrolled with the VA Healthcare to visit participating urgent care clinics in their community for treatment of minor healthcare needs.

“We want to be the preferred healthcare provider for Veterans and we will continue to strive to provide convenient, timely and high-quality health care to our Veterans. The new urgent care benefits offer additional options for eligible Veterans and helps VA leverage healthcare resources to better meet the needs of Veterans,” said Director Vince Kane who oversees the Wilmington VAMC and its five outpatient clinics in Delaware and southern New Jersey.

The urgent care benefit offers added convenience for eligible Veterans to use at any time, with any participating provider throughout the country – an excellent benefit for eligible Veterans that may be traveling over these summer months. Veterans do not need to receive VA authorization prior to visiting a participating urgent care provider nor do they have to make a co-payment at the time of their visit. Some Veterans may experience a VA copay after their urgent care visit based on their assigned priority group and the number of times they visit an in-network urgent care provider in a calendar year.

Medications prescribed to Veterans during their urgent care visit are covered for up to a 14-day supply through a VA pharmacy, VA contracted pharmacy or a non-contracted pharmacy. Prescriptions longer than a 14-day supply must be submitted to a VA pharmacy to be filled. If a non-contracted pharmacy is used the Veteran will have to pay out of pocket and file a reimbursement through their local VA.

To be eligible for urgent care benefits, Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system and have received care through the VA from either a VA or
community provider within the past 24 months. To learn more about VA urgent care benefits contact your local VA facility or GO TO THIS WEBSITE>

Veterans can contact the Wilmington VA Medical Center eligibility office at 800-461-8262 to check on their eligibility status.

If you are a Veteran and need assistance in enrolling in VA healthcare, you can contact one of our Veteran outreach specialists in your area.
For the State of Delaware and Salem, New Jersey call 302-357-8715 or 302-932-7519.
In Cape May, Northfield, Atlantic and Cumberland, New Jersey call 302-304-5509 or 302-358-9736.

A comprehensive list of participating urgent care community providers is
available HERE> .

NAMI Homefront

A free six-session online class for family and friends of Military Service Members and Veterans.

The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.

The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/ Veteran.

For questions:
Jenn Ford
Multi-Cultural Engagement Manager
NAMI Delaware
Phone 302-427-0787 ext 116
jford@namide.org

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The Delaware State Office of Volunteerism presents

The Annual Volunteer Delaware Conference

Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Thanks to a grant, registration fee is only $25!

Included with your registration is a continental breakfast, a buffet lunch as well as a T-Shirt and additional complimentary items that you will enjoy!

With two nationally known motivational speakers offering inspirational insights and knowledge, and all this conference offers, you had better hurry, get registered and bring your friends along.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: THE VENUE LOCATION HAS CHANGED

Updated Location: Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center
1131 N. DuPont Highway • Dover, DE

REGISTER NOW>

The Delaware Department of Labor has begun providing career and other labor assistance at libraries in all three counties under a pilot program.

The Delaware Division of Libraries and Delaware Department of Labor (DOL) rolled out the partnership in February 2019 to be able to reach out to more residents who may be in need of services, but are unable to travel to Department of Labor locations. With the many computers available at libraries, a staff member can offer residents help.

The Department of Labor Employment and Training Staff will be at your library to assist with career needs such as:

  • Search for jobs, exploring career paths
  • Help jobseekers develop resumes that meets employer needs
  • Learn about federal and state funded employment and training programs
  • Assist residents as they navigate the online unemployment insurance claims application
  • Discover our apprenticeship programs and other services

The current schedule and locations of Employment and Training Staff at the following libraries:

  • Bear Library Mondays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Seaford Library Mondays 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Rt. 9 Library Mondays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Milton Library Tuesdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Appoquinimink Library Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Newark Library Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dover Public Library Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To ensure the most up-to-date schedule and locations, please visit: Employment Services Specialists at the Library

Public libraries are an ideal setting for the delivery of career services. As centers for community engagement and accessible technology, people in need of assistance in many cases are already library patrons.

“This partnership enables libraries to leverage Department of Labor expertise in assisting library patrons with meeting their needs,” said Jeffrey Bullock, Secretary of State. “Our libraries have evolved into force-multipliers for community outreach, and adding Department of Labor to the compliment of resources available through our libraries is a perfect fit.”

“Every day, in all Delaware public libraries, people come through the doors seeking assistance on a variety of topics, including employment,” said State Librarian Dr. Annie Norman. “This pilot project reflects the reality that critical needs have become more pronounced.”

“Helping people discover services and opportunities as easily and efficiently as possible is our goal and this program is a great example of that,” said Cerron Cade, Secretary of the Department of Labor. “Library patrons will receive assistance with an employment and training specialist who can help them at a place that is location friendly.”

Currently, more than 200 agencies and nonprofits are collaborating with Delaware libraries to provide services to patrons across the state.

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