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…
With the sometimes venal political beat-ups over decisions made past and present in regard to the recent events in Afghanistan, compounded by local reporters trying to solicit comments from any current era veterans about their thoughts over the matter for the sake of a story and the blitz of media video and pictures, it is should be no surprise that a few veterans are in a funk; or, in extreme cases, experiencing a resurfacing of post-traumatic stress.
While for the majority, a listening ear from family, friends, and associates is all that might be necessary, it is also good to know bona fide resources for more serious situations. Many of these can be found through the Answers Desk section of this website, but are re-listed here for convenience. Our thanks to Jenna Jordan of Spectrum News, Cleveland, Ohio, who actually did something useful through contacting the VA. One or two of the resources might surprise you: (more…)
According to some, there is a growing body of empirical evidence that chess can help ease the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) — helping with both cognitive functioning and mental health. In some parts of the country, chess clubs have actively worked with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and the VFW. And, chess brings people from all walks of life together more casually through the pleasure of a game — something often missing in our society. Its benefit can be manifold. (more…)
Thought you might be interested in the latest on our longstanding joint project: ### As of 6 March 2019
As one of our original collaborations, an exercise in looking out for the well-being of our returned veterans via fly fishing activities has with the perseverance and hard work of Trout Unlimited – Hokendaqua eventually evolved into one of our most successful efforts. (more…)
Concierge for Care Program Connects with Recently Separated Service
On 22 February 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announced the launch of Concierge for Care, a health care enrollment initiative that helps military servicemembers connect shortly after they separate with the VA’s healthcare system. (more…)
LVMAC Tidbit: Pennsylvania’s Unknown(?) Educational Gratuity Program for Disabled Veterans’ Children
Since it is operated by our Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and not the Department of Education, you may have never thought to look for an educational program for your children on their website. Therefore, for those of you rated with a 100% permanent disability from the military or the VA — or your spouse died in a war, you might want to know about this program. Every dollar helps to give your children a better life. We took this from their Transition Assistance News article of May 2018, verbatim: (more…)
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Safari Club International has approached our council to find ten veterans to participate in a pheasant hunt on 4 November 2017, all expenses paid. As previously reported, the council has initiated work on creating a new coalition called the Social-Recreational Confederation. Consequently, the effort to support Safari International is being handled by Tom O’Rourke, its chairman and the veterans outreach coordinator for Team RWB (which is coordinating this new program for us).
For more details, click on the flyer below: (more…)