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gnd186srvice
May 16, 2022
In Good of the League
We have some exciting news. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) created by the IIJA subsidizes internet costs for tens of millions of households. Under IIJA, eligibility for these subsidies is determined in part by whether households qualify for other federal benefit programs – including ones Federal Departments and Agencies administer. The Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting robust, amplifying outreach to ensure that eligible Veterans have awareness and opportunity to participate in the program. This includes broad, multi-channel communication, as well as targeted outreach to cohorts of Veterans with high probability of eligibility. VA is also incorporating ACP awareness efforts into daily operations of the Department, including through the use of a digital divide consult that enables providers and care teams to offer Veterans digital connectedness options relevant to their healthcare journey. Eligibility for the Affordable Connectivity Program is based on whether an individual has an income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, or meets one of the following criteria: Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline; Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; Participates in the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision; Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income internet program. Please check out the blog on the VA Website about this new program - FCC program offers affordable, low-cost internet access to eligible households - VAntage Point. The new toolkit with updated outreach materials for fed partners and state and local leaders can be found here. People can access it here Outreach partners can also request the pre-qualification widget to embed on their websites by emailing: ACProgram@usac.org with the subject line “ACP Widget” for technical support. In the email, please include the web address where you plan to add the widget. The official website is https://affordableconnectivity.gov/ Please feel free to share with your staff, network and communities. Thank you and have a great day. 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
May 04, 2022
In Announcements
Friday, 06 May 2022 The Leatherneck Club 1800 Growl Saturday, 07 May 2022 The Orleans Hotel & Casino Convention Floor 0700 – 0800 Past and Present Department Commandants 0800 – 0900 Registration 0930 – 1000 Opening Ceremony 1000 – 1030 Memorial Service 1030 – 1200 Business Meeting 1200 – 1330 Lunch 1330 – 1400 Guest Speaker 1400 – 1500 Business Meeting 1500 – 1530 Break - Selection of Marine of the Year by former Department Marines of the Year 1530 – 1630 Business Meeting
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gnd186srvice
May 03, 2022
In Good of the League
- U.S. COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, deaths and hospitalizations remain low. - Notable communications - Good News Stories
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gnd186srvice
Apr 15, 2022
In Good of the League
By Elena Hill, MD, MPH Mar 17, 2022 Nearly 600,000 veterans misused opioids in 2019.[1] Around 555,000 veterans misused a prescription pain reliever in 2019, while 57,000 misused heroin. Veterans are at high risk for opioid use disorder (OUD) as compared to the general population for several reasons. Veterans may have injuries that are chronic and are therefore likely to be prescribed opioids for chronic pain conditions. Veterans also often suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and other mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression which can predispose to substance use disorders. Veterans make up a specialty population that is prescribed opioids at high rates, yet only about two out of every three veterans with OUD are receiving the evidence-based treatment and recovery services that they require and deserve.[2] Access to Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) services through the VA (Veterans Affairs) is increasing. In 2014, approximately 34% of VA patients with OUD were receiving MAT, which is a significant increase from 2004 when only 25% were receiving these services. Expanded access to MAT can improve treatment and recovery outcomes for military veterans with OUD. More information about the below topics at https://www.bicyclehealth.com/blog/veterans-opioid-use-disorder. Risk Factors for OUD in Veterans Signs of Opioid Addition in Veterans PTSD & OUD in Veterans Chronic Pain & OUD in Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury & OUD in Veterans Treatment Options Access to Treatment Resources for Veterans
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gnd186srvice
Apr 02, 2022
In Good of the League
VA is hosting five unique financial classes on each of the Wednesdays in April. Registration link is the same for each class: https://vaedi.com/event/april-financial-classes April 6, 2022 Investing in the Digital Age – presented by US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Noon and 3 pm Eastern April 13, 2022 Destination: Financial Wellness – presented by BC Holdings of Tennessee Noon and 5 pm Eastern April 20, 2022 Your Social Security Benefits – presented by Prudential Financial Noon and 3 pm Eastern April 27, 2022 Understanding Credit Reports and Scores – presented by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Noon Eastern April 27, 2022 Protect Yourself from Fraud and Scams – presented by Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) 3 pm Eastern
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Feb 21, 2022
Department Convention 2022 content media
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Feb 18, 2022
In Good of the League
By Nikki Wentling/Stars and Stripes FEB 17, 2022 The Department of Veterans Affairs is considering changes to its disability rating system for some conditions to bring it in line with modern medicine, the agency announced. The proposed changes were posted to the Federal Register on Tuesday. They focus on ratings for respiratory conditions, as well as mental health and ear, nose and throat disorders. In some cases, such as with mental health, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the changes would lessen the requirements that veterans need to meet to receive a 100% disability rating. The changes are part of a larger effort, started in 2017, to make the entire disability rating system more up to date, the department said. VA Secretary Denis McDonough said Wednesday during a news conference that the system was first developed in 1945 and “has hardly changed since.” “We’re in the process of modernizing the schedule to account for today’s understanding of diseases and treatments to ensure that veterans getting the ratings, and therefore the care and benefits, deserved,” he said. The amendments, if approved, will not lead to any reductions in disability ratings for veterans who are already receiving compensation. However, those veterans can apply for an increase if they think the changes mean they could secure higher ratings, the agency said. For mental health, the VA proposes increasing the minimum disability rating that a veteran could receive for a mental disorder from 0% to 10%. In addition, the proposal would do away with a rule that states a veteran cannot receive a 100% rating for a mental health condition if they’re able to work. “Holding down a job doesn’t prevent veterans from being rated 100% for physical health conditions, so it shouldn’t prevent them from being rated at 100% for a mental health condition,” McDonough said. “The proposed rule will right that wrong and ensure veterans don’t have to choose between a job and the benefits they deserve.” The department is also proposing a broader change for its evaluation of mental health conditions, basing the ratings decisions on a “more robust and holistic approach,” the department said. The agency will assess how the condition affects a veteran’s cognition, interpersonal relationships, ability to complete tasks, life activities and self-care. In addition to easing the requirements for mental health, the VA proposes making it easier for veterans to receive a 100% rating for asthma. The VA bases that rating on the results of a pulmonary function test, which shows how well a veteran’s lungs are working. Veterans with other conditions would receive lower disability ratings under the proposal. Some veterans suffering from sleep apnea would not receive any compensation under the proposed rules. If a veteran has sleep apnea but is fully treated by a CPAP machine, they would get a rating of 0%. CPAP machines are worn over the nose and mouth while sleeping and deliver a continuous stream of pressurized air. Also under the changes, fewer veterans are likely to be given a rating for tinnitus, which is a ringing or buzzing in the ears. The VA proposes considering tinnitus only as a symptom of an underlying condition, rather than a stand-alone disability. A full list of the changes can be found on the Federal Register. Members of the public have until April 18 to comment on the proposals. As of Wednesday — one day after they were posted – the changes had garnered nearly 700 comments. “This appears to have generated interest, even overnight, with hundreds of comments on each of the proposed systems,” McDonough said. “I encourage anyone to submit a comment if they have one.” Since September 2017, the VA has updated its rating system for nine other categories of medical conditions, including dental, gynecological, eye, heart and skin conditions, as well as infectious diseases and others. https://www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/254957/va-proposes-changing-disability-ratings-mental-health-other-conditions
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gnd186srvice
Feb 07, 2022
In Good of the League
January 23, 2022 The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned Americans this week that cybercriminals are using maliciously crafted Quick Response (QR) codes to steal their credentials and financial info. The warning was issued as a public service announcement (PSA) published on the Bureau's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) earlier this week. "Cybercriminals are tampering with QR codes to redirect victims to malicious sites that steal login and financial information," the federal law enforcement agency said. The FBI said crooks are switching legitimate QR codes used by businesses for payment purposes to redirect potential victims to malicious websites designed to steal their personal and financial information, install malware on their devices, or divert their payments to accounts under their control. After the victims scan what looks like legitimate codes, they get sent to attackers' phishing sites, where they are prompted to enter their login and financial info. Once entered, it gets sent to the cybercriminals who can use it to steal money using hijacked banking accounts. "While QR codes are not malicious in nature, it is important to practice caution when entering financial information as well as providing payment through a site navigated to through a QR code," the FBI added. "Law enforcement cannot guarantee the recovery of lost funds after transfer." Pay attention when scanning QR codes The FBI advised Americans to pay attention to the URL they're sent after scanning QR codes, always be cautious when entering their data after scanning a QR code, and make sure that physical QR codes haven't been covered with malicious ones. You should also avoid installing apps via QR codes or installing QR code scanners (instead, use the one that comes with your phone's OS). Last but not least, always enter URLs by hand when making payments instead of scanning a QR code that could be set up to redirect you to malicious sites. The FBI issued another PSA focused on QR code risks in November, alerting people that victims of various fraud schemes are increasingly asked by criminals to use QR codes and cryptocurrency ATMs to hinder efforts to recover their financial losses. As evidenced by a recent phishing campaign targeting German e-banking users, threat actors use QR codes instead of buttons in spam emails to make their attacks harder to detect by security software and successfully redirect victims to phishing sites. Victims successfully redirected to the phishing landing pages were asked to enter their bank location, code, user names, and PINs.
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Feb 06, 2022
SW Division Convention 2022 content media
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Feb 06, 2022
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gnd186srvice
Jan 24, 2022
In Good of the League
Members of the League, You all should have heard by now that the government is offering to send FREE COVID TEST KITS for all household. The free COVID test kits will be mailed to you via the United States Postal Service to your local address. If requested, each home gets 4 kits. The following website should be used: https://www.covidtests.gov The following information will be required to be filled out: Full Name / Email Address / Full Mailing Address Semper Fi, Johnny Baker National Commandant / CEO Marine Corps League
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Jan 18, 2022
In Announcements
Happy New Year Marines! Continuing the monthly Zoom social chat, January's Commandant's Corner has been scheduled for January 18th @ 1900 EST. We at the National Public Relations Committee have been getting too many reports that the information to join this Zoom is not being disseminated. Please do not send out this information advertising as only elected officers are invited. ALL members are welcomed to join, especially those "red hats" that have new, fresh ideas to share. Again, too many are reporting they do not get the email with information, they are only finding the information on the National social media page. January's topic of conversation will be TOYS FOR TOTS!! As most of us are resting from the end of the year events, so many are curious as to how to get their Detachment and community started in assisting in toy collection and distribution. We will have guest speakers with years of experience in the T4T program as well as we are working on VIP guests from the National Toys For Tots organization. Please spread the word for this monthly social as well as all social events as the months progress. Reminder that you must have audio and video enable to join the zoom call as this helps to control the room by the host. Consider offering a training on how to set up Zoom for those who do not have it so the event is not delayed with tutorials. See you all next year! Meeting ID: 603 381 3163 Passcode: MCL2022 (all caps) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6033813163?pwd=SVc2MkJoMC8raEVVVXJoSUtDcjNjQT09 Semper Fidelis, Victoria McCoy National Public Relations Chair
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gnd186srvice
Oct 01, 2021
In Good of the League
The Database Committee met this week and part of the discussion was Member Numbers. When a member is entered in the new database, a number generator assigns the next Profile ID automatically. We do not have a number generator for the Member Number and Paid Life Member Number. These two items have been tracked manually on a spreadsheet since turning on the new database. The staff coordinates who has used what number internally. To fix, automate, and reduce potential for error, we have determined the best long-term solution is to use the Profile ID as the Member Number (and PLM Number) moving forward. We are not going backward and changing old numbers. Our staff will use the Profile ID as the base for the number. R123456 = Regular Member’s Number L123456 = Paid Life Member’s Number X123456 = Associate Member’s Number XL123456 = Associate Life Member’s Number This will help us tie in the Profile ID as the important number and should help separate any duplication. Bob Borka: 128100 Potential other person: R128100 Cards started going out yesterday (9/29) with numbers like this. S/F Bob Borka National Executive Director/COO Marine Corps League #EmbraceTheTribe
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gnd186srvice
Sep 25, 2021
In Announcements
Marines, We had a meeting with the Marine Corps Association (MCA) Vice President responsible for the Marine Shop. There have been many MCL members with questions concerning the production of the MCL Mess Dress uniform. They have assured us at this time, they are still in the business of making the red MCL Mess Dress uniform. They have discussed with us that their primary focus (and rightfully so), is making uniforms for the active-duty Marines, especially the officers finishing their respective schools. The MCA Marine Shop produces the Dress Blue/Mess Dress uniforms for the officers. It is imperative that we understand their position and the needs of the Marine Corps. With that being said, if you are in need of acquiring the MCL Mess Dress uniform, you should call and make an appointment with them to be measured and fitted. After the measuring process is completed, you must have patience for the process to be completed. Please remember, the regular Marine Corps Officers have priority of their services. After measurements are completed, it may be several months before your MCL uniform is made. I want to encourage you to use the website and telephone number below in asking questions that you may have. The MCA’s Marine Shop Website is: https://marineshop.net/ Their website that shows the MCL Mess Dress is: https://marineshop.net/product-category/marine-uniforms/page/2/ The Marine Shop’s telephone number is: 888-237-7683 Semper Fi, Johnny Baker National Commandant / CEO Marine Corps League
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gnd186srvice
Sep 25, 2021
In Good of the League
KTNV ABC-13 (Las Vegas, Nevada), Sept. 23: Las Vegas Vet Center offering several same-day services to local veterans Joseph Lasky served in the Army and is now the director of the Las Vegas Vet Center which is an extension of the Department of Veteran Affairs. Lasky says we all deal with stress and anxiety but having a place to turn to is key. His center offers same-say services to local Veterans. NPR, Sept 22: LGBTQ Vets Discharged Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Have New Chance For Full Benefits Thousands of LGBTQ veterans who were discharged from the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy have gained new access to benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The guidance was detailed in a blog post on the VA's website by Kayla Williams, assistant secretary for public affairs in the department's Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. Coeur d’Alene Press, (Tacoma, Washington), Sept. 22: The Veterans' Press: Idaho veteran with PTSD finds a path to 'hope and help' A Veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder found help with a writing group at the American Lake VA Medical Center, which led to a book of poems. He said VA saved his life. Houston Chronicle (Houston, Texas), Sept. 21: Houston's Dr. SreyRam Kuy will be spotlighted as a national inspiration Houstonian Dr. SreyRam Kuy will have a chance to share her light for the world to see. Kuy, the deputy chief medical officer for the South-Central VA health care network, will be one of 10 individuals featured as “Inspiration Spotlights” during the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards held in New York City. Muskogee Phoenix, (Muskogee, Oklahoma), Sept. 21: Former Muskogee VA volunteer, Korean veteran soaring high In 1958, 17-year-old Tom Cotton deployed to Korea with the U.S. Army's 13th Engineering Combat Battalion. The battalion's primary mission was finding mines left over from the Korean War and destroying them. Cotton who volunteered at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center from 2007 to 2020, recently crossed off a bucket list item by skydiving. KNWA FOX-24, (Fayetteville, Arkansas), Sept. 20: Bo’s Blessings cleans every headstone at Fayetteville National Cemetery Volunteers gathered at Fayetteville National Cemetery Saturday morning to clean every headstone on the property. The headstone cleaning It was an event put together by Bo’s Blessings, a local Veterans organization. Founder of Bo’s Blessings, Jannie Layne, says this is an event they will run several times a year in conjuncture with the Fayetteville National Cemetery. The Journal, (Martinsburg, West Virginia), Sept. 20: Martinsburg VAMC supports Veteran moms with drive-thru baby shower From handmade quilts and blankets to cases of diapers and wipes, Veteran mothers at the Martinsburg VAMC were safely equipped with necessities and other gifts by way of a drive-thru baby shower. The baby shower gifts were a result of months of planning on behalf of the Women’s Clinic staff at the Martinsburg VAMC and donations given to Voluntary Service. WLUC NBC-6, (Marquette, Michigan), Sept. 19: Marquette County VA brings Gulf War Veterans together 30 years later “For all of us to get back together, we can reminisce about what happened. And really during the Gulf War, I think it was a very high watermark of how our leaders got together and accomplished the mission in a short period of time,” said Marquette County VA committee chairman, George LaBlonde, a Gulf War Veteran serving as a U.S. Army pilot for the 101st Airborne Division. WSLS NBC-10, (Martinsville, Virginia), Sept. 18: New veterans telehealth service coming to Martinsville On Thursday, Governor Ralph Northam announced a pilot site at the Martinsville health department that will help Veterans gain easy access to health care. This two-year partnership between the Virginia Department of Health and the Salem Veterans Affairs Health Care System will use a “telehealth-in-a-box” model—which is similar to the one at the Salem VA Medical Center. Tribune-Star, (Terrre Haute, Indiana), Sept. 17: Finishing touches going on new VA clinic A November opening date is the target for the new Terre Haute Veterans Affairs health clinic located on the city’s east side to bring health care services for area Veterans under one roof. About 80 staff members will be hired and trained to provide services to an anticipated client load of 8,000 to 10,000 Veterans annually. PLEASE PRODUCE LOCALLY FOR ALL THOSE WHO DO NOT ROUTINELY ACCESS EMAIL DUE TO THEIR SPECIALTIES
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Sep 24, 2021
In Announcements
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A Celebration of Service: Featuring Ambassador Susan Rice and Terri Tanielian content media
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gnd186srvice
Sep 23, 2021
In Good of the League
Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to provide an additional year for eligibility and reassessment of certain participants - The Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program is extending eligibility through Sept. 30, 2022 for Veterans who are legacy participants, legacy applicants and their family caregivers, participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. (9/22/21) Veterans experience adaptive sports and fitness instruction at National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic - The Department of Veterans Affairs modifies its National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic to offer more opportunities for Veterans to participate virtually and in select cities across the nation. (9/16/21) VA VETSmile pilot program to improve affordable dental care access for Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new initiative with community dental care providers to help improve dental care access for Veterans enrolled in VA health care who are currently ineligible for VA dental services. (9/16/21) VA assembles Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevention Workgroup - The Department of Veterans Affairs names members to the Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevention Workgroup who will begin serving their one-year appointment this September. (9/9/21) VA annual report shows decrease in Veteran suicides - New data included in the Department of Veterans Affairs 2021 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report notably shows a decrease from 2018 to 2019 in the total number of Veteran suicide deaths, and a decrease in the rate of Veteran suicides per 100,000. (9/8/21) VA enhances geriatric emergency care for older Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a Geriatric Emergency Department initiative within all of VA’s 18 Veterans Integrated Service Networks through a standardized, comprehensive care model, becoming the nation’s largest integrated health network with specialized geriatric emergency care. (9/8/21)
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Sep 23, 2021
In Good of the League
As mentioned below, earlier today Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks announced the Independent Review Commission Actions and Implementation to Address Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Military. She made this announcement during a briefing for the Pentagon press corps. For those who were not able to view Deputy Secretary Hicks' remarks at the press briefing, a video is available now for viewing on the DoD Facebook page at: https://fb.watch/8blvK5B00K/. Also, transcript will be available soon at https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Transcripts/. The establishment of the 90-day Independent Review Commission (IRC) on Sexual Assault in the Military, provided the Department a set of comprehensive and actionable recommendations to improve our approach in four lines of effort: accountability, prevention, climate and culture, and victim care and support. The Deputy Secretary has developed a tiered implementation roadmap in consultation with the uniformed and civilian leadership of the Department. The Secretary of Defense approved the roadmap in its entirety and signed the attached memorandum directing Department leaders to move swiftly and deliberately to implement it. The Secretary's memorandum and implementation roadmap may also be found on the DoD website here: https://media.defense.gov/2021/Sep/22/2002859809/-1/-1/0/DOD-ACTIONS-AND-IMP LEMENTATION-TO-ADDRESS-SEXUAL-ASSAULT-AND-SEXUAL-HARASSMENT-IN-THE-MILITARY. PDF A DoD press release providing additional details may be found here: https://www.defense.gov/News/Releases/Release/Article/278543/commencing-depa rtment-of-defense-actions-and-implementationto-address-sexual-a
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gnd186srvice
Sep 22, 2021
In Good of the League
A MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.), Sept. 1: Orlando VA opens mobile ICU amid a surge of hospitalizations, deaths The Orlando Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center began treating patients in a mobile intensive care unit on Tuesday after increases in COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients, a hospital spokesperson confirmed. “This mobile ICU will allow the Orlando VA to continue to provide necessary care to inpatients during this surge of Veteran hospitalizations,” wrote Heather Frebe in an email. The American Legion, Aug. 29: VA working to reduce COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy Before a COVID-19 vaccine had received emergency approval to begin being used, the Department of Veterans Affairs already had begun developing a distribution plan. But Carolyn Clancy, VA’s Assistant Under Secretary for Health, said despite advance planning, her department’s distribution has still run into a roadblock: hesitancy on the part of veterans to receive the vaccine. WIVB (CBS-4, Video) (Buffalo, N.Y.), Sept. 2: WNY WWII veteran celebrates 107th birthday A World War II veteran marked his 107th birthday Wednesday at a senior living center in Batavia. Family and staff members celebrated with Sydney Cole at the VA Medical Center. WJTV (CBS-12, Video) (Jackson, Miss.), Sept. 1: VA mobile medical unit ready to serve Mississippi veterans A new VA mobile medical unit is active and ready to serve people all across Mississippi. The fully equipped bus can bring medical assistance to thousands of veterans all across the state especially those homebound and in rural areas. The mobile unit can also be used for deployment during natural disasters and open as a vaccine clinic. Wendell Henderson, a drive-carrier for the VA Medical Center, said, “A lot of folks ask me what this is for, and I explain it to them, just tell them what it is for. It is for deployment, emergency disaster, emergency’s things like that.” The Conway Daily Sun (North Conway, N.H.), Sept. 1: Coinciding with Suicide Prevention Month, VA medical centers encourage vets to seek help In conjunction with Suicide Prevention Month, White River Junction and Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Centers are raising awareness of its mental health resources available for Veterans. “Suicide prevention is a community effort not just in September but all year round. White River Junction VA Healthcare System is grateful to our many community partners…” said Dr. Brett Rusch, White River Junction VA Healthcare System executive director. KVOA (NBC-4, Video) (Tucson, Ariz.), Aug. 31: Southern Arizona VA creates support group for mental health The United States exit from Afghanistan and the way it ended, has many local veterans who served there and in other conflicts seeking support when it comes to mental health. Dan Cook from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System said a support group was created for veterans to meet once a week in person or virtually to help cope with various symptoms. WJXT (TV-4, Video) (Jacksonville, Fla.), Aug. 31: Art therapy program offers veterans creative way to deal with anxiety Painting through the chaos. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System is offering a creative arts therapy program designed to give veterans new ways to deal with fear and anxiety through art and music. U.S. Air Force veteran and breast cancer survivor Kris Patrick says art therapy has given her an outlet to help cope with her anxiety. GovernmentCIO, Aug. 30: VA is Expanding Opportunities, Services for Women Veterans Leaders across the Department of Veterans Affairs are mitigating barriers for women veterans and increasing access to benefits and services through new technology solutions. Within VA’s Center for Women Veterans, division Director Lourdes Tiglao highlighted a new campaign called I Am Not Invisible (IANI), which aims to spotlight diversity across the veteran community. IANI is increasing awareness and dialogue about women veterans as well as highlighting their skills and expertise. Scope (Stanford, Calif.), Aug. 30: Scientist, daughter optimize equitable care for veterans Determining the optimal dosage of medication for patients isn't as dramatic as emergency surgery or a diagnosis in a critical situation, but it's crucial for ensuring the best patient care, and it can even save lives. Heart failure, in particular, is a devastating problem, specifically for patients who are veterans, said Rhonda Hamilton, MD, a clinical assistant professor of primary care and population health and general medicine clinic section chief at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. PLEASE PRODUCE LOCALLY FOR ALL THOSE WHO DO NOT ROUTINELY ACCESS EMAIL DUE TO THEIR SPECIALTIES
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Sep 22, 2021
In Good of the League
TAPS is happy to provide another installment of information for your Surviving Families and Supporters. Please share with anyone and everyone. Please email, mail or send out via social media. Now is the time to encourage all to read information, sign up for programs and take steps forward for the Healing of all Survivors! Message from Bonnie Carroll ".....TAPS is here for all newly bereaved survivors who have lost their military loved ones due to recent events in Afghanistan. TAPS is here for all those impacted by these events, Americans across the country, and American allies worldwide. TAPS is here for all of the military community, veterans, and military families. We recognize that current global issues, such as COVID-19 variants, Tennessee floods, wildfires in the West, and Hurricane Ida, are challenging our grief journeys. We want you to know that you are not alone. Your TAPS Family is always here for you. This month is a look ahead to the events through the summer and around the country. To hopefully encourage participation and reach out by Survivors and Support Staff and Organizations alike. TAPS is here for you. Today.. Tomorrow.. and Always when you most need connections!" Attachments: 1. "September 2021 eNewsletter". National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp October 8 - 11, 2021/Dallas, TX is featured and please engage with those who have been touched. 2. "TAPS Natural Disaster Response": Being in the thralls of seasonal local and national disaster season, please read about how TAPS can assist Survivors when assistance is needed most. The information also mentions COVID and some precautions when dealing with both Covid and disaster simultaneously. 3. "TAPS Brochure": Something for Support Personnel and Survivors alike to use when signing up for TAPS connections, and requesting resources and information. Enjoy the start of autumn! Walk outside, breathe the crisp air, appreciate those around you and take a moment to do something special for YOURSELF! Take Care! ~ Davina LTC Davina French, ARNG (Ret) Military Liaison Senior Advisor Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201 Toll-Free: 800.959.8277 (TAPS) Main: 202.588.8277 (TAPS) Caring for the families of America's Fallen Heroes since 1994.
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