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gnd186srvice
Sep 29, 2022
In Good of the League
PACT Act - Understanding Health Care Eligibility and Benefits PACT Act VA Health Care Eligibility PACT Act - Vietnam Era, Cold War Era PACT Act - Gulf War, Post 9/11 Era
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gnd186srvice
Sep 24, 2022
In Announcements
WASHINGTON — Effective Jan. 1, 2023, all responsibilities for the verification of Veteran-owned small businesses will transfer from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the Small Business Administration. Verification is a critical process that allows Veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses to access Veteran-specific benefits, including certain government contracts and the purchase of surplus government property. This process establishes eligibility by confirming that VOSBs and SDVOSBS are, in fact, run by Veterans. To facilitate the transition to SBA, VA will stop taking applications for verification or reverification of VOSBs and SDVOSBs Oct. 24, 2022. The department is reaching out to all Veterans who may be impacted by this action to inform them of VA’s Oct. 24th application deadline. Until then, Veterans can continue to apply for verification at VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. “We value our partnership with the Small Business Administration in this effort,” said Executive Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Sharon Ridley. “VA will reach out to all impacted Veterans to ensure a transparent, seamless transition of the verification process.” This transition is part of a government-wide effort, mandated by the William H. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act, to streamline and consolidate services offered to VOSBs and SDVOSBs under SBA. The only VA function that is transitioning to SBA is the responsibility for verification. VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization will continue to advocate and provide education, training and guidance to help VOSBs and SDVOSBs secure government contracts.
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gnd186srvice
Sep 20, 2022
In Announcements
VA was recently made aware of a recall on some Philips Respironics CPAP/BiPAP masks with magnetic closures due to a patient safety concern for patients with implanted medical devices. The magnets in the recalled masks may affect certain metallic medical devices or metallic objects in the body, presenting a potential risk. Masks with magnets made by other companies are not included in the recall. VA has paused distribution of identified masks to any patients until updated warnings can be included with shipments. The magnetic closures for these masks can cause implanted medical devices to malfunction if they are within 6 inches of implanted metallic medical devices. These implanted medical devices can include pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, neurostimulators, magnetic metallic implants/electrodes/valves (placed in upper limbs, torso, or higher), cerebral spinal fluid shunts (e.g., ventriculo peritoneal shunt), embolic coils, magnetic denture attachments, certain magnetic metallic implants and others. A list of devices that may be impacted is on the FDA website. This issue impacts patients nationwide with an implanted device who wear these masks, including Veterans and their partners and other loved ones who are within close proximity. VA is working to contact patients who have been issued an affected Philips Respironics mask and will provide plastic replacement clips or masks without magnets to impacted Veterans. We encourage Veterans who are concerned about using their masks with magnetic closures to contact their VA care team. While awaiting a replacement, the magnets can be removed and the Velcro strap will fit through the empty magnet space to secure the mask. VA Communication activities include: Notifying clinical and public affairs staff members nationwide to facilitate communicate directly to potentially impacted Veterans and through social media. Sending email to Veterans who have received a mask of any brand, with or without magnets, from the VA since 2018. When we resume shipping masks we will include a warning label with each recalled mask shipment. Developing handout and electronic posters for use in VA clinics. Publishing blog for VAntage Point; https://news.va.gov/108910/philips-pap-masks-recalled/
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gnd186srvice
Sep 18, 2022
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gnd186srvice
Sep 18, 2022
In Good of the League
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gnd186srvice
Sep 18, 2022
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gnd186srvice
Sep 18, 2022
In Announcements
Last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Ad Council partnered to create “Don’t Wait. Reach Out.”—a national campaign that encourages struggling Veterans to seek help for their life challenges before they reach a crisis point. “Don’t Wait. Reach Out.” is a multiyear campaign, and the theme for Suicide Prevention Month 2022! We’re proud to continue to share powerful new PSAs as part of the ongoing national campaign with the Ad Council. Our newest PSA, released 9/8/22, was developed with older Veterans in mind. Currently, Veterans aged 55 and over comprise the majority of all Veterans. Older Veterans who are struggling with life challenges—such as issues with housing, finances, relationships or health—are less likely than younger Veterans to reach out for help and may not believe they qualify for support after so many years since they served. In addition to showing how Veterans can lean on one another, the PSA also highlights the resources available at VA.gov/REACH. We hope you’ll join us in sharing this important message with your own networks and communities. Below, you can find suggested social media copy and links to help spread the word by highlighting this latest PSA. We invite you to visit the online toolkit for Suicide Prevention Month, the hub of shareable materials for both internal and external audiences: Spread the Word (https://www.va.gov/REACH/spread-the-word). This toolkit contains talking points with FAQs, newsletter/email content, and all of the downloadable materials for Suicide Prevention Month and beyond. Thank you for joining us in encouraging Veterans get the support they need before they reach a crisis point. Sincerely, Matthew A. Miller, PhD, MPH Executive Director, National VA Suicide Prevention Acting Executive Director, PREVENTS Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Executive Assistant: Kasey Boyd-Smith (kasey.boyd-smith@va.gov)
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gnd186srvice
Aug 23, 2022
In Good of the League
Marine Corps League Members & Auxiliary, I hope by now that everyone has arrived safely back home. I feel that the Convention week was very productive for all. Having the U. S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM) there to brief our members on the protocol of requesting, using and storage of the M-1 Rifles is paramount in the Detachment’s success in this program. It was an outstanding brief. We will be sharing the Power Point presentation on our National MCL Website. Also, the briefing by the Veterans Affairs and the Florida National Cemeteries Representative was very informative. Marine John Knapp gave a great presentation that was informative about all National Cemeteries, not just Florida. This is a subject that we all need to think about and do some prior planning. While there, I had the honor of swearing in Marine John Knapp as a member of the Marine Corps League. All of the Committees gave their reports, and many awards and citations were passed out. Frank Mathers from the First State Detachment in Delaware was the National Marine of the Year. Patricia “Pattie” A. Leib from the Department of West Virginia was the first ever selected as the National Associate of the Year. Congratulations to them both. Also, Joe DeAngelo was selected as the MODD Dog of the Year. Congratulations Joe. The Marine Corps League Auxiliary had some outstanding meetings and outgoing President Evelyn Joppa performed her duties outstandingly. We all wish her the best and great job Madam President. There were several new Units that were chartered. We all should congratulate Linda Chamberlain who was installed as the new President. I look forward to working with her and the Auxiliary. The Military Order of the Devil Dogs had a successful year also. The 59th Chief Devil Dog Tom Hazlett presented a check for $83,000 to a local children’s part of the hospital. This was truly a great goodwill gesture by the MODD. The newest Chief Devil Dog and the 60th Chief Devil Dog is Alan Sanning, from Missouri. I wish to congratulate Chief Sanning and wish him the best in his new challenge. During the Convention, we only had one proposal that was submitted for the 2024 National Committee. The membership voted and approved that the 2024 National Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado. Also, the 2023 National Convention will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and you can make your reservations NOW! This will be the 100th Anniversary of the Marine Corps League. The Young Marines of the Marine Corps League and the Toys for Tots Foundation gave outstanding briefings. At the National level Board of Trustees, I was reelected as your National Commandant, Warren Griffin was reelected as your National Senior Vice Commandant, TJ Morgan was reelected as your National Junior Vice Commandant, and Russ Miller from the Rocky Mountain Division was elected as your new National Judge Advocate. Tom Krueger was appointed as the new Rocky Mountain National Vice Commandant; Jim Loorya was elected as the new Southwest National Vice Commandant; and Joe Hughes was elected as the new Midwest National Vice Commandant. All others remained the same. Congratulations and welcome to all the new members of the National Board of Trustees. And finally on a sad note, we had a few that tested positive for COVID at the Convention and several more have reported that they have tested positive for COVID on their return home. Please be aware and go get tested if you have any of the symptoms of COVID. Our Headquarters and the MODD are aware but the best thing that you can do is seek medical care. I hope that you all are healthy and missed this round of COVID. Semper Fi, Johnny Baker National Commandant / CEO Marine Corps League
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gnd186srvice
Jul 25, 2022
In Good of the League
If you're a Veteran who lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VA may have a solution for you. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) offers education and training for a variety of high-demand jobs so you can get back to work. Qualifying Veterans can receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees along with a monthly housing allowance. To be eligible for VRRAP, you must be between 22 and 66 years of age, unemployed due to COVID-19, able to work, and not eligible for education or unemployment benefits. If you do qualify, apply soon! We’ll stop accepting new VRRAP enrollments on December 11, 2022—or when we reach either the funding or participant limit, whichever comes first.
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gnd186srvice
Jul 21, 2022
In Good of the League
VA News releases to review: VA stands up commission to recommend new Under Secretary for Benefits - Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough approved the establishment of a commission on July 19, to identify candidates to lead and manage the Veterans Benefits Administration in the position of Under Secretary for Benefits. (7/19/22) VA launches improved Access to Care website - Based on Veteran feedback and VA Secretary Denis McDonough’s commitment to ensuring timely access to care, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched an improved Access to Care website that now offers a simplified, user-friendly experience to make it easier for Veterans to make informed decisions as they plan their health care appointments. (7/19/22) New Veterans Crisis Line phone number - Effective July 16, Veterans have the option to Dial 988 then Press 1 to connect with caring, qualified responders for 24/7 crisis support. (7/18/22) Sincerely, Andi Martinez, MHA Veterans Experience Office (VEO) Special Assistant Partnerships and Agreements Advisor Department of Veterans Affairs VACO Pronouns: she/her Subscribe to VetResources - VAntage Point How are we doing? VA Internal Customer Experience Feedback Survey (research.net) “Do what you do best, partner for the rest” 1-800-MyVA411 is a national, toll-free number that serves as a “front door” to VA.
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gnd186srvice
Jul 21, 2022
In Good of the League
Attached is the News Release announcing the new Access to Care (ATC) website. This new and improved sit is a resource of valuable, care access information for our Veterans and their caregivers. Frequently Asked Questions are available on the ATC website. As Secretary McDonough shared previously, we have been listening to and learning from Veterans, caregivers, Veteran service organizations, oversight authorities, and Congress about their experiences with AccesstoCare.VA.gov. While there is no perfect way to measure wait times in aggregate, we are making changes that represent a meaningful improvement in how this information is presented to Veterans on this website. In addition to updating the wait time calculations, website updates will also provide Veterans more relevant information, including: Veteran experience data Increased granularity within certain subspecialties Ability to more easily view relevant medical center information Please reach out with any questions. There will be a discussion of ATC during the upcoming ‘Open Forum’ meeting on July 27th 2022 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. Sincerely, Andi Martinez, MHA Veterans Experience Office (VEO) Special Assistant Partnerships and Agreements Advisor Department of Veterans Affairs VACO
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gnd186srvice
Jul 12, 2022
41st National Veterans Wheelchair Games content media
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gnd186srvice
Jul 10, 2022
In Announcements
Good morning, Per Commandant Baker and NJVC Morgan, the Membership Committee & Public Relations Committee will be hosting a zoom call for those attending the convention for the first time this year in Daytona Beach. This call is meant for new members either attending for the first time, or cannot make this year but are curious what to expect when they are able to join us at a National Convention. Scheduled: July 20th @ 1900 EST Meeting ID: 416 428 8328 Passcode: MCL2022 (all caps) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4164288328?pwd=SzdpenFLZGJEbFprMUMrU0crUk1YQT09 Questions we hope to get answered: How do I read the agenda? What meetings am I required to attend? What uniform do I wear, and when? How do I sign up for events? What are the protocols in the meeting room? etc. We encourage all "new" members attending to join, and also ask those in Leadership and/or "seasoned" members to join in the discussion to offer advice. This meeting will be recorded and depending on the content will be posted to the National MCL YouTube channel with all other public zooms we have held. Reminder: Zoom is still scheduled for July 14th - "Commandant's Corner" featuring all questions and advice regarding Associate Membership. Semper Fidelis, Victoria McCoy Public Relations Committee
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gnd186srvice
Jul 07, 2022
In Good of the League
The slide deck from the VA town hall may be downloaded here:
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gnd186srvice
Jun 29, 2022
In Announcements
Marine Corps League Family, It is with sadness that I report that Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Woody Williams passed away at 3:15am on June 29, 2022 at the age of 98. He was in hospice care in West Virginia with family. Fair winds and following seas Marine. Semper Fidelis, Bob Borka National Executive Director/COO Marine Corps League
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gnd186srvice
Jun 29, 2022
In Announcements
Marines Time is moving fast and I have not received any National individual recruiting award nomination. These are generated at the detachment level, so I ask you push this email out to your detachments. Below in the criteria INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP RECRUITING AWARDS Each and every year, a special form (see Enclosure Four (4)) must be filled out by the individual member and signed by the Detachment Commandant and Detachment Adjutant/Paymaster. The form may be submitted to the National Junior Vice Commandant by the stated deadline either in hard copy form via mail or electronic format via an e-mail attachment; such attachment can be either a scanned copy of the properly completed and signed form or a Word document with electronic signatures. An "electronic" Signature consisting of the submitting officer's membership number in place of the officer's handwritten signature shall be acceptable for electronic submissions. RECRUITING AWARDS. Recruiting Awards will be issued as follows: (a) A Citation will be given to those members who have recruited 5 - 24 members during the year. (b) A National Recruiters Medal-Bronze and a Distinguished Service Award Citation (signifying the accomplishment) will be presented to those members who have recruited 25-49 members during the year. (c) A National Recruiters Medal - Silver and a Distinguished Service Award Citation (signifying the accomplishment) and a plaque will be presented to those members who have recruited 50 plus members during the year. (d) The top Recruiter of the Year, the one individual member that has recruited the most members through his/her individual efforts will be presented the National Recruiters Medal - Gold (appropriately engraved), and a plaque in the shape of the United States with his/her name engraved thereon and the Distinguished Service Award Certificate (signifying the accomplishment). This will be my only reminder on this and I like to see these nominations sent to me ASAP. Send to tmorgan@mcleague.org
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gnd186srvice
Jun 23, 2022
In Good of the League
Partners and Collaborators! Check out the data! BWF_2022_LPSAT_VeteransNeeds_v5 (bobwoodrufffoundation.org) Sincerely, Andi Martinez, MHA Veterans Experience Office (VEO) Special Assistant Partnerships and Agreements Advisor Department of Veterans Affairs VACO Pronouns: she/her Subscribe to VetResources - VAntage Point How are we doing? VA Internal Customer Experience Feedback Survey (research.net) “Do what you do best, partner for the rest” 1-800-MyVA411 is a national, toll-free number that serves as a “front door” to VA.
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gnd186srvice
Jun 22, 2022
In Good of the League
Dear MHS - DHA Outreach Partners, Please find the referenced and attached materials supporting messaging on the availability of continuous glucose monitors at pharmacies. Please feel free to share the information below with your beneficiaries. Please note that the talking points are just for your informational reference should there be any inquiries on the topic, and they are not to be directly shared with beneficiaries. -- As of April 20, 2022, the Dexcom G6 and Abbott Freestyle Libre 2 continuous glucose monitors (CGM) became available to you at military pharmacies and at in-network TRICARE pharmacies. While CGMs are still available through TRICARE’s DME channel, CGMs picked up at pharmacies will be the more cost-efficient for most TRICARE beneficiaries. Obtaining either prescribed CGM at participating military, pharmacies remain the lowest cost option for most TRICARE beneficiaries at zero copay. Copayments apply if picking up a CGM through the TRICARE retail pharmacy network and if ordered through TRICARE Home Delivery. If prescribed either CGM, you should contact your pharmacy for availability of the device. For more information on CGMs, visit TRICARE’s Diabetic Supplies and Equipment Check out our article as well. We hope this information is useful to your organization and members. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch. Thank you. V/r, DHA's Strategic Outreach Team
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gnd186srvice
Jun 15, 2022
In Announcements
Check-in for your next VA appointment might be different next time you come in. Beginning this summer, some VA facilities will allow Veterans to do one or both of these: Start the check-in process up to seven days in advance of the appointment. Check in at the clinic using your smartphone on the day of your appointment. As part of how VA is modernizing the way Veterans receive care, VA received extensive feedback from Veterans and caregivers about how the checking-in process can be made better, especially for those who use assistive technologies to access their benefits online. VA’s Office of Information and Technology, partnering with VHA, has applied this feedback to the design of the new, modernized patient check-in application coming soon to your location. At all VA locations by the end of August 2022 VA is deploying the application at facilities geographically. Deployment within all VISNs will occur by the end of August 2022. Five facts Veterans should know about VA’s patient check-in application Veterans will always have the option to check in for an appointment with a staff member. Using the new mobile app therefore is not a requirement. VA staff are honored to check Veterans in for appointments and to answer questions. Veterans will need to check-in at the facility with a staff member on appointment day if they require changes to demographic (contact, next of kin, emergency contact) or insurance information. The patient application has two options: Pre-check-in helps Veterans confirm demographic information is up to date prior to an appointment. If a clinic offers pre-check-in, Veterans will receive a link through a text message appointment reminder after confirming an appointment. Mobile check-in allows Veterans to check-in for an appointment on a smartphone when they arrive at the facility. Upon arrival at a clinic offering mobile check-in, Veterans should locate the poster titled, “Have an appointment? Check in with your phone” prominently on display. They should then text or scan the QR code as directed in the poster to start the process. To use the mobile app, Veterans must have a smartphone that is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular service and the phone number on file with VA, as this is how VA verifies your identity. Veterans can update their contact information online. The national contract for VetLink kiosks will expire at the end of September 2022. After that date, Veterans should: Use the patient check-in application for self-service check-in or check in with a staff member. Submit your travel reimbursement claims through the Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS), mail, fax and/or in-person at a VA medical center. Link to the blog: Convenience and self-service appointment check-in at your fingertips - VAntage Point Jennifer Hunt VSO Liaison Office of the Chief of Staff Veterans’ Health Administration
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gnd186srvice
Jun 13, 2022
In Good of the League
Please consider getting your detachment delegate registrations completed for the National Convention. https://www.mcleaguelibrary.org/convention/ The Local Host Committee has a number of activities available (including the Banquet). Please use their website to get your tickets. https://mclconvention22.com/ The Early Bird will be pretty cool – it is at Daytona Speedway in a large party suite. There are also two dinner cruises. The MCL National Commandant will be on one (Monday) and I will be on the other (Thursday). The Florida Convention Committee has planned a variety of events, please check them out on their website. https://mclconvention22.com/events Remember to bring your sand construction equipment and flip flops. The hotel opens right up to the beach. See you in Daytona in August! S/F Bob Borka National Executive Director/COO Marine Corps League #EmbraceTheTribe
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