VETERAN’S NEWS From the Internet
Gathered by Bob Kinsler, SSG (ret), US Army, DAV, VFW Dept. of Oklahoma, Publicity Team Member
I noticed in last week’s Antlers American newspaper there was a story with pictures of the RSVP volunteers being awarded pins and certificates for their volunteer work within the community. Monday, April 10, there was another one of these Award presentations for volunteer services rendered, this one was presented by the Sam Rayburn Veteran Center, Bonham, TX where they awarded 100 hour pins to the crew that drives the VA Shuttle Van from Antlers, OK through Hugo, OK to Bonham, TX and back (and sometimes from Hugo, OK to Durant, OK and back).
The 100-hour pin was awarded to Will Edds, Connie Wilburn, and myself. Mike Bray, our VA Shuttle Van Coordinator and driver will be awarded his pin after he figures out how many hours he contributed last Fiscal Year.
Pretty darn good for a Texas based outfit to recognize two VFW Posts members from Oklahoma for their community activity and service to other veterans.
VA Care Giver Support – Rehabilitation after a serious injury can be a lengthy and confusing process that may leave Veterans and their family caregivers feeling isolated and adrift in an uncertain sea. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Caregiver Program can be a life raft during the transition period. The program aims to support caregivers who in turn support Veterans in ways VA cannot.
Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans, and caring for a wounded, ill, or injured Veteran is not easy work. Without family caregivers, many of these Veterans could not remain close to family and in their communities.
VA knows that family caregivers who care for Veterans in their own homes have been putting Veterans first since the founding of our nation. That’s why VA’s Caregiver Support Program provides training and education to enhance the caregiver’s role. The program focus is to improve the caregiver’s understanding of the impact their work has on the health and well-being of the Veteran they care for and their families as well as how their work affects them, too.
All caregivers are essential – While recent media attention has focused on caregivers of Veterans injured after 9/11, all family caregivers, regardless of the era the Veteran served or why a Veteran requires assistance, are essential to their ability to have a positive quality of life. After applying and qualifying for the program, participants may leave for different reasons, including at request of the Veteran or caregiver. Sometimes Veterans wish to change caregivers or a caregiver is no longer able to provide the needed level of care. There could be a death of the Veteran or caregiver; the Veteran may move into a long-term residential program; or there is non-compliance with program requirements such as failure to participate in home visits, fraud or abuse.
Veterans and caregivers may also be removed from the program if the Veteran’s condition changes, making him/her no longer clinically eligible. When Veterans and their caregivers are not satisfied with decisions made by the local VA Caregiver Support Program and his/her healthcare team, we welcome a review, also called an appeal. Requests for an appeal can be directed locally to your patient advocate at your nearest VA health care facility.
Caregivers who participate in VA’s Caregiver Support Program tell us that the program has helped them feel more confident in their role, that it has made them even more proficient in supporting the Veteran they care for in treatment and rehabilitation.
To learn more about the VA Caregiver Support Program, call the Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274. You can also contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator located at every VA medical center across the United States.
And to all the Veteran caregivers out there, we cannot thank you enough for what you do for Veterans, and for our nation. We stand with you, ready to support, ready to care compassionately for one Veteran at a time.
The Department of Veterans Affairs rolled out a new website this week that will enable veterans to track which VA facility has the shortest appointment wait times, as well as to compare the quality of care between different VA facilities and private-sector providers. Veterans who reside in urban areas will benefit more from the new online comparison tool than veterans in rural areas simply because they have more VA facilities from which to choose, provided they are willing to travel the extra distance. VA also responded to questions regarding data accuracy, since everything listed is compiled from information received from the field, and no veteran nor the department wants a repeat of the secret waiting lists debacle from three years ago. VA gave assurances that there is only one tracking system now, which is constantly measured.
Bob Note: I looked at this website, did you know that the VA clinic in Ada appears to be top notched and close too but here is the website for your information: www.accesstocare.va.gov/
For those that are interested in getting back into the US Military visit this site: http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/current-and-prior-service/continue-serving/active-duty/prior-service-business-rules.html and note – Effective immediately, the Army is instituting a 6-week Prior Service Basic Combat Training Course (PSBCT) in lieu of the standard 12-week Basic Training Course (BCT) for prior service applicants with more than a 3-year break-in-service OR sister service applicants having completed Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard Basic Training (regardless of the length in break-in-service). Prior Service applicants with less than a 3-year break-in-service OR those who have graduated Army BCT, Marine Corps BCT, Navy/Air Force Special Operations Training or Air Force Security Police Training are NOT required to attend Army BCT or PSBCT.
Or Contact SSG Salazar at 918-423-3000 or 918-329-1186