LVMAC Tidbit: VA Unlocks the Door on Veterans Suicide Prevention — a Radically New Approach Taken
Any Veterans in Suicidal Crisis Can Go to Any Health Care Facility for Free Emergency Healthcare Taking a radically new approach to preventing suicide among veterans, starting January 17, any “veterans in acute suicidal crisis will be able to go to any VA or non-VA health care facility for emergency Read more…
Forward Observer: The Straight Poop on COVID Booster Shots (and Flu Shots)
There has been recent confusion in the local veterans community over receiving COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. Part of it is due to the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center’s (VAMC) recent cancellation of scheduled appointments for the recommended, regular booster. That occurred because a new, bivalent versions from Pfizer and Moderna suddenly Read more…
LVMAC News: Vet 2 Vet Service Dogs Enters the Mental Health Battle
Presented by Denise VanSickle, Head Trainer for Vet 2 Vet Service Dogs, Inc., on 21 September 2022 at its council meeting. The nonprofit is very new and a needed addition to the council’s network of service organizations. It was created out of an personal observations on the need to work Read more…
Freedom Day Free Dental Work
Not to be confused with the real nationally observed National Freedom Day (the signing of the 13th Amendment) on 1 February, this Freedom Day, spawned by the efforts of a dentist in West Virginia and originally meant for military personnel, leads to good deeds that serve a worthwhile purpose.
LVMAC Tidbit: Immediate Local VA Healthcare … As Easy as 1, 2, 3?
We have previously written about the VISN-4’s Health Chat program, an improvement on the previous longstanding, “night nurse” scheme that has existed for eon’s in the VA Healthcare system. What has not been written about is the investment our VISN-4 has made to get veterans to the “right care, right Read more…
Wilkes-Barre VAMC Virtual Town Hall
Note this is a virtual meeting. There is no physical location.
LVMAC Tidbit: Understanding the PACT Act a Bit Better
At the American Legion’s National Convention on 31 August, Secretary of Veterans Affair McDonough announced that he will make all conditions outlined in the PACT Act, one of the biggest expansions of veteran benefits in history, presumptive from the date President Biden signed the bill into law (August 10). The Read more…
Forward Observer: “Honoring Our PACT” Finally on Its Way to President
Senate Reverses Itself Under Pressure Senator Schumer, Majority Leader of the Senate, with the help of other key senators, such as Tester and Moran, delivered on his goal in getting S. 3373 passed late Tuesday evening. It took the concerted actions of the true believers to get beyond the quibbles Read more…
Forward Observer: Senate Rejects “Honoring Our PACT”
24 Senators Turn Tail As reported July 17, we found the doings of the House strange when it sent the H.R. 3967 back to the Senate as S. 3373. Worse, on Wednesday, the Senate voted 55-42 ( U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 117th Congress – 2nd Session) — Read more…