Veteran Events
 
This listing is offered as a service to individuals and organizations to promote their veteran and military-oriented events being held in Pennsylvania. The information is taken directly from emailed submissions from requestors. DMVA is not responsible for incorrect information submitted.
 
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James E. Van Zandt Annual Virtual Mental Health Summit 2023
 
- Sept. 28, 2023, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Point of Contact: Amy Goodson, at amy.goodson@va.gov
- This annual virtual mental health summit will explore alternative approaches to healing with speakers providing information on ketamine, neurofeedback, therapeutic fly fishing, recreation and music therapy, therapeutic horsemanship, and whole health. Email point of contact for Microsoft Teams link to participate in summit.
   
Battle Of Mogadishu Memorial Walk/Ruck/Run
 
- Oct. 1, 2023, 9 a.m.
- Bland J. Rossman VFW Post 1630, 1110 E. Water St., Lock Haven, PA (Clinton County)
- Join the community for this event honoring the Battle of Mogadishu, while at the same time getting outdoors for a run. Participants will receive an event t-shirt and coin, a free drink ticket, and food will be available to all. There will be awards for men, women, youth and team run; also individual and team ruck.
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Delaware Valley Veterans Benefits Expo
 
- Oct. 6, 2023, 12:30-4 p.m.
- Parx Casino, 2999 Street Rd., Bensalem, PA (Bucks County)
- Point of Contact: Matthew Allen, at 215-345-3881 or email mtallen@buckscounty.org
- The VA Medical Center and Bucks County Office of Veterans Affairs is sponsoring this veterans expo, with information provided for veterans and their families pertaining to benefits and community programs. Breakout sessions include a women veterans conference from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and a PACT Act conference from 3-4 p.m.
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Join Fellow Veterans For Camaraderie And Fellowship At Grenades And Coffee
 
- Oct. 6, 2023, 4 p.m.
- Fisherman's Paradise, 1150 Spring Creek Rd., Bellefonte PA (Centre County)
- Come out to meet fellow comrades in the community and learn about resources and services available to you while enjoying a hot cup of coffee. The Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host an intro to fly fishing session, as well as provide a light dinner. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will also be there to answer veteran benefits questions. Registration is requested.
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Hand Up On The Home Front Bike Run
 
- Oct. 7, 2023, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- West End Fire Co., 128 PA 715 Brodheadsville, PA (Monroe County)
- The bike run, with kick stands up at 12:30 p.m., costs $25 per person, and includes food and a t-shirt. Run ends at the American Legion, Gouldsboro, PA. There will be live music and vendor tables.
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Join Women Veterans Empowered And Thriving's Indigenous People's Day Celebration
 
- Oct. 9, 2023, 7-9 p.m.
- Hellertown American Legion, 935 Main St., Hellertown, PA (Northampton County)
- In celebration of Indigenous People's Day, Women Veterans Empowered and Thriving is hosting a presentation by Aurita Maldonato, purple heart recipient, author, inspirational speaker, and advocate for suicide prevention.
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Montgomery County Veterans Resource Fair
 
- Oct. 10, 2023, 10 a.m.-Noon
- Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds, 1430 Dekalb Street, Norristown, PA (Montgomery County)
- Point of Contact: Leann Pettit, at 610-278-3289 or email leann.pettit@montgomerycountypa.gov
- Representatives from the county veterans affairs office will be in attendance, as well as other county offices. There will also be a vaccine clinic on site. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean’s office will be in attendance to help aid you retrieve military discharge documents from the National Archives and the Coatesville VA Medical Center will have a table to answer you VA medical questions. Free parking is available in the garage at the Montgomery County Human Services Center for attendees. Registration is recommended.
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Lancaster Vet Center To Host Weekly Veteran's Guitar Group
 
- Every Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Lane St., Ste. 207, Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
- Point of Contact: Richard Boyer at richard.boyer@va.gov
- Veterans, active duty personnel, and National Guard Reservists who have served in any combat theater are welcome to join weekly sessions at the Lancaster Vet Center. Sessions will focus on learning to play the guitar, song writing, and advancing guitar playing techniques. All levels of experience are welcome.
   
Pittsburgh Women's Army Corps Group To Meet Second Saturdays
 
- Second Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.
- Soldiers and Sailors Hall, 4141 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)
- Point of Contact: Marie O'Brien, at 240-422-6715 or email byrslf12@yahoo.com
- The Pittsburgh Keystone Chapter 120 Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association-Army Women United group meets monthly to share experiences and camaraderie. Meetings are held every month except July and August.
   
Military Share Mobile Food Distribution - Middletown
 
- 1st Friday of every month, Noon-4 p.m.
- Middletown VFW Post 1620, 200 Pike St., Middletown, PA (Dauphin County)
- Pre-registration is required. Domon Barr, at 717-884-8365 or mastersgtbarr@gmail.com
- Designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for families with at least one member who served or is serving in the Armed Forces. Proof of military service is required, such as military ID or VA Medical Card, DD-214.
   
Second Harvest MilitaryShare Program Schedules Regular Food Distribution In Allentown
 
- Fourth Wednesday of every month, 2-4 p.m.
- Battle Borne Veterans Resource Center, 36 South 6th St., Allentown, PA (Lehigh County)
- Point of Contact: Tara Rose, at 717-507-3228 or email tara.l.rose.civ@army.mil
- Eligible military members will receive 10 pounds of fresh produce, one gallon of fresh milk, one dozen eggs, two pounds of meat and a 20-pound box of shelf-stable pantry staples each month. Registration is required.
   
Battle Borne Female Veteran Support Group
 
- First Saturday of every month, 10-11 a.m.
- Northbound Community Center, 6258 US Rt. 209, Stroudsburg, PA (Monroe County)
- Point of Contact: Kelsey Glennen, at 484-265-1262 or email kelsey.battleborne@gmail.com
- Veteran support organization Battle Borne has scheduled a monthly meeting for female veterans to gather and discuss issues specific to them. Facilitator Kelsey Glennen is a social worker and U.S. Army veteran. Registration is requested.
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Mini Stand Down - Berks County
 
- Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-Noon
- City Park, Lower Parking Lot, Reading, PA (Berks County)
- Point of contact: call 610-372-8267 or email info@TeamVCOP.org
- Rain or shine, clothing, a hot meal and more free items.
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Empowerment Workshops For Women Veterans
 
- First and third Sundays of every month, 1-3 p.m.
- This is a workshop that utilizes free writing, breathing techniques and community agreements. Free writing is allowing the freedom of thoughts and ideas to flow unto the paper without judgment or expectation of what it will become. Previous writing experience not required. This workshop is free and open to all women veterans, all eras, all separation statuses and servicemembers. Be supported by healthy camaraderie, clear communication and community empowerment.
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Mini Stand Down - Montgomery County
 
- Fourth Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-Noon
- Vets Island at Memorial Park, 251 Manatawny St., Pottstown, PA 19464 (Montgomery County)
- Point of contact: call 610-372-8267 or email info@TeamVCOP.org
- Rain or shine, clothing, a hot meal and more free stuff.
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Coffee And Camaraderie
 
- Third Friday of every month, 9 a.m.
- Heisey's Diner, 1740 PA-72, Lebanon, PA (Lebanon County)
- Point of Contact: Compeer CORPS of Lebanon County, at 717-272-8317
- Veterans are invited to meet on the third Friday of every month to share stories and friendship. R.S.V.P. is required.
   
Franklin County MilitaryShare
 
- First Tuesday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- 425 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA (Franklin County)
- Point of Contact: John McPaul, at 717-263-4326 or email jpmcpaul@franklincountypa.gov
- MilitaryShare, a program of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, sponsors this fresh express mobile food distribution, for families with at least one member who served or is serving in the armed forces. Pre-registration and proof of military service are required.
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Just For Today Veteran's Social Hour
 
- Third Tuesday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Just for Today (JFT), 1337 East Market St., York, PA (York County)
- The YWCA of Greater Harrisburg's Veteran Opioid Support Services Program hosts a monthly veteran's social hour along with JFT and Veteran Support Services.
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Medically Assisted Recovery Support Group
 
- Every Tuesday, 7 p.m.
- JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services, downstairs meeting room, 300 Market St., Lemoyne, PA (Cumberland County)
- For more information call 717-695-6253 or visit
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- This is a 12-step based program of recovery for those utilizing medically assisted treatment; however, anyone is welcome, no matter your program of recovery.
   
MilitaryShare Mobile Food Distribution - Mechanicsburg
 
- Third Wednesday of the month, 2-4 p.m.
- Calvary Lutheran Church, 208 Woods Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland County)
- Pre-registration is required. Robert Ardner at 717-682-1012 or bighomeybob1@juno.com, Jeff Douden at 717-364-4475 or jeffrey.douden@gmail.com
- Designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for families with at least one member who served or is serving in the armed forces. Proof of military service is required, such as military ID or VA Medical Card, DD-214.
   
Veterans Breakfast Club Happy Hour Webinar
 
- Every Monday at 7 p.m.
- Contact Shaun Hall at shaun@veteransbreakfastclub.org.
- Veterans share their stories and take questions from a live online audience.
- To access the live-streamed events visit
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Veterans Resource Rally On Site Services Available Open To Veterans And Their Families
 
- Third Wednesday of the month
- For the love of a veteran, 1082 Carlisle St., Hanover, PA (York County)
- For more information contact Chris Waltz 717-451-2511 or email at chris@fortheloveofaveteran.org
- Representatives on site to assist with veteran benefits, housing resources, employment, VA eligibility, military share food program.
   
Virtual VA Benefits Appointments
 
- Available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Do you have questions about your VA benefits? Contact Pittsburgh Regional Office via email at PCU.VBAPIT@va.gov or call 412.360.2832 to schedule a virtual appointment.
   
Walkthrough Of Veterans ASCEND Virtually
 
- Every Friday
- This brief covers how easy it is for servicemembers, veterans, and military family members to set up a profile, shows a glimpse of how the business side works, and gives you an opportunity to ask questions about the program. Walk through the process of creating a profile, sneak a peak of the business view, and ask your questions.
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