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Chattahoochee Post 251

Welcome to the Post 251 Service Officer Page

This page contains information that is specifically intended for Veterans 

This page will be updated regularly, so please visit often for information you can use.   Additioinally there is a Archived Section Seperate from this section

 

 

The Women Veterans Call Center is available to guide #WomenVets through understanding their VA benefits. Give them a call at

1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636),

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VA releases mental health and suicide prevention toolkit for former Guard and Reserve members

Improving care and support for former Guard and Reserve members who were never federally activated is a critical part of VA’s suicide prevention efforts.

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/58631/va-releases-mental-health-and-suicide-prevention-toolkit-for-former-guard-and-reserve-members/

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VA researcher links flu to heart-failure hospitalizations

https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5228

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VA to make new nasal spray drug available for treatment-resistant depression

 

https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5220

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Vietnam War Veterans Health Issues

 https://t.co/j2OMUyuWPs 

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Purple Heart recipients who submit initial disability compensation claims on or after April 1, 2019,

will be added to nine categories of emergent claims requiring priority processing from VBA.

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One easy-to-use, intuitive website with information on VA benefits,

one place to change your address that populates to every part of VA, a

nd one application site for VA benefits and services. Find it all at a familiar web address – VA.gov.  

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About VA Health Benefits

If you qualify for VA health care, you’ll receive coverage for the services you need to help you get—and stay—healthy. Learn more about your health care benefits.

https://www.va.gov/health-care/about-va-health-benefits/#health-about-other-services

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The Appeals process has changed
VA Decision Reviews and Appeals

https://www.va.gov/decision-reviews/

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VA is creating specialized geriatric clinics for older Veterans,

combining geriatric primary care, pharmacy, nursing, mental health, and social work care. 

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56671/va-providing-better-care-elderly-veteran/

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Types of Veteran ID Cards

https://www.va.gov/records/get-veteran-id-cards/

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Wounded, III, and/or Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook
Published April 2018

http://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/files/2018/05/DoD_Compensation-Benefits-Handbook_Apr-2018.pdf

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NRD HIGHLIGHTED PROGRAMS FOR OUR MILITARY, VETERANS AND FAMILIES

https://nrd.gov/?utm_content=buffer2c660&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Effective Aug. 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or Rating Schedule) that evaluate conditions related to the skin.

https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5093

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Have you received a discharge that is other than dishonorable, and also have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA? You may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E): 

https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp

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Native Americans have been vital to the Armed Forces for more than 200 years, and need access to local reps to help w/ benefits claims. That's why VA encourages tribal organizations to seek formal recognition to support Vets in their communities: 

https://www.benefits.va.gov/VSO/tribal.asp

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VA announces $200 million in funding for Grant and Per Diem Program to support homeless Veterans programs nationwide

VA announced it plans to provide approximately $200 million in fiscal year 2019 funding to support more than 13,000 transitional housing beds for its Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program

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VA researchers work to create 3D-printed artificial lung that may revolutionize treatment of Veterans with lung disease

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scientists at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan recently announced that they are working to create a 3D-printed artificial lung that could potentially revolutionize treatment of Veterans affected by lung disease.

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VA to work directly with community providers after third-party contract expires Sept. 30

VA’s contract with Health Net Federal Services is ending on Sept. 30.

Health Net is a third-party administrator that performs certain tasks on behalf of VA for the eastern part of its Patient Centered Community Care and Veterans Choice Program community provider networks.

https://t.co/2ZYUFIVVbk

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Fecal microbiota transplantation helps restore beneficial bacteria in cancer patients

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have shown that autologous fecal microbiota transplantation (auto-FMT) is a safe and effective way to help replenish beneficial gut bacteria in cancer patients who require intense antibiotics during allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/fecal-microbiota-transplantation-helps-restore-beneficial-bacteria-cancer-patients

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/fecal-microbiota-transplantation-helps-restore-beneficial-bacteria-cancer-patients

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Therapy applied directly inside the eye best for treating uveitic macular edema

Delivery of corticosteroids directly into the eye is more effective than injections adjacent to the eye, according to results from a comparative clinical trial of macular edema in patients with noninfectious uveitis. The study was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online today in the journal Ophthalmology.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/therapy-applied-directly-inside-eye-best-treating-uveitic-macular-edema

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Prescription Refills for Veterans on the Road

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/53051/prescription-refills-veterans-road/

With OneVA, Veterans enrolled in VA health care can now easily refill their prescriptions while on the road. Register at your VAMC for this new convenient service.

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VA updates disability rating schedule related to hematologic and lymphatic systems

Effective Dec. 9, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that evaluates the hematologic and lymphatic systems.

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Many Veterans may be reimbursed for travel expenses related to VA health care services

 In some cases, it can pay for the costs of an ambulance or a wheelchair van. When a privately-owned vehicle is not reasonably accessible or travel by a common carrier such as a plane, train, bus, taxi, or light rail is medically necessary, Veterans may be reimbursed.

 Veterans may apply for travel reimbursement by completing VA Form 10-3542 (Veteran/Beneficiary Claim for Reimbursement of Travel Expenses).

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VA and Department of Labor strengthen inter-agency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for Veterans exiting homelessness

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
 
Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Payment Rates Update
 
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=515

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Simplify Your Search for Government Benefits

https://mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch#2715442329

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Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system and beneficiaries of CHAMPVA can enroll in the VA Dental Insurance Program beginning Nov. 12, 2018, for coverage to start Dec. 1, 2018.

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1065779484442468352

 

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Concerned about possible exposure to depleted uranium during the Gulf War?  VA offers a surveillance program and a registry for #Veterans. Learn more in the Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter. 

VA also maintains a registry for Veterans who are concerned about possible DU exposure during their service. If you think you were exposed to DU and would like to enroll in this registry, talk to your local Environmental Health Coordinator. You will be asked to submit a urine sample and to fill out an exposure questionnaire to screen for DU exposure. Learn more about DU and VA’s DU Follow-up Program.

https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/publications/oef-oif-ond/post-911-vet-2018/du.asp

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Better, faster access to care through clinical pharmacists


By integrating clinical pharmacy specialists into a Veteran’s primary care team, Seckel’s program allows for Veterans to have what amounts to an extra physician who can make sure the Veteran is supported throughout their care. These specialists can also triage and manage patients with chronic diseases in a primary care setting, opening appointment slots for Primary Care Providers to address other more urgent Veteran needs.

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/54133/vha-talks-better-faster-access-care-clinical-pharmacists/

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