Monday, August 20, 2018

STAND UP FOR BILL (And Other Veterans and Their Families)


STAND UP FOR BILL
(And Other Veterans and Their Families)

I would like to create state and federal legislation that does the following:

1.  Directs the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to create free, accredited continuing professional education (CPE) for civilian health care workers and paramedical case workers (including social workers and chaplains) on veterans health issues. 

2.  Directs all health care providers to change their intake forms and health questionnaires to ask if patients “had any US military service” in order to “begin the conversation”.   Self identified veterans should be asked to fill out an additional military questionnaire.  A proposed format is available.

3.  Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to require that all health care workers (including VA health care workers and CHOICE doctors) be familiar with compensable diseases and disabilities so they can refer Vets and their families to the VA benefits office for evaluation and additional assistance. 

4.  Directs the VA and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to use public service announcements and other media to reach out to veterans and their families to inform them about presumed connected disabilities and report back to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Nevada state governor and the veterans legislative committee annually on the effectiveness of these techniques.  

5.  Directs the VA and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to prominently display flyers and other media on presumed connected disabilities to all offices that work with veterans and their families, including VA cemeteries.

6.  Directs the VA and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to prominently display flyers and other media about survivor benefits to all offices that work with veterans and their families, including VA cemeteries.

7.  Directs the VA and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to contact civilian support groups that routinely work with people who have one of the presumed connected disabilities (e.g. the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) and work with them to identify veterans, children and grandchildren who have a disease presumed connected to military service. Identified veterans and family members should be referred to designated VA resources.  Records of these referrals should be rolled up to the governor, state legislative affairs committee and the Secretary of  Veterans Affairs on a yearly basis. 

8.  Directs each state to keep records and prepare a yearly report to the governor, the veterans legislative committee and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs evaluating the effectiveness of the training delivered, contacts made and media used to provide information to veterans, spouses and health care professionals.

WE MUST ACT NOW
   We must make sure that Vietnam Veterans who have a presumed connected disease take full advantage of the benefits that they earned by their service to our country.
   We must make sure that Vietnam Veteran survivors have access to the benefits that their loved one earned by their service to our country.
   We must make sure that veterans from other conflicts such as the Korean War, the Gulf War, Iraq War, the war in Afghanistan, certain defense department projects and Camp Lejeune know about the diseases and disabilities presumed connected to their military service.
    We must act now to protect the children and grandchildren of veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their military service.

The VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits for these diseases.

          AL Amyloidosis
          A rare disease caused when an abnormal protein, amyloid, enters tissues or organs
          Chronic B-cell Leukemias
          A type of cancer which affects white blood cells
          Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
          A skin condition that occurs soon after exposure to chemicals and looks like common forms of acne seen in teenagers. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
          Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
          A disease characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body’s inability to respond properly to the hormone insulin
          Hodgkin's Disease
          A malignant lymphoma (cancer) characterized by progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia
          Ischemic Heart Disease
          A disease characterized by a reduced supply of blood to the heart, that leads to chest pain also called coronary artery disease
          Multiple Myeloma
          A cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell in bone marrow
          Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
          A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue
          Parkinson's Disease
          A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects muscle movement
          Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
          A nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and motor weakness. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of herbicide exposure
          Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
          A disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in sun-exposed areas. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides
          Prostate Cancer
          Cancer of the prostate; one of the most common cancers among men
          Respiratory Cancers  (includes lung cancer)
            and cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus
          Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, or mesothelioma) A group of different types of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues
          Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s disease causes the death of neuron controlling voluntary muscles.  This disease is associated with service in Vietnam.

If you would like to help me in this effort, or if you have ideas  on how to spread the word about presumed connected disabilities, please feel free to contact me.  I am Barbara Rodgick and I am the widow of an Agent Orange Vet.  My phone number is 425-442-7563 and my email address is barbara98065@gmail.com.  8/18/18
    

Thursday, June 28, 2018

VA Medical Center - Bridge closure by NDOT on I-215 at Pecos Rd

Pecos Road/CC-215 bridge closure scheduled for July 1
VASNHS staff and Veterans will begin seeing major traffic changes around the VA Medical Center between North 5th Street and Lamb Boulevard.
The first impact will be felt on July 1 as the current bridge in front of the VA Medical Center at 215 and Pecos Road closes for approximately four months for demolition and construction of a new bridge.

exit at Pecos Road, but will need to use S. Lamb Blvd. or Losee Rd. to travel westbound on the 215 from the facility.
Individuals traveling to the facility westbound on the 215 from I-15 will not be able to exit at Pecos. They will need to exit at S. Lamb Blvd. or Losee Road. Pecos Road will be open to eastbound traffic toward I-15 on the 215 from the facility during this phase of construction.
Those travelling to the VA Medical Center on I-15 North from Las Vegas are advised to exit at Lamb Blvd and take E. Centennial Pkwy to Pecos Road.
Engineering, Public Affairs and leadership will all work to keep staff and Veterans updated as construction progresses.

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Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business.#BeThere.


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Len Yelinek

Commander, Department of Nevada

Military Order of the Purple Heart

(702) 362-7673-h    (702) 460-076

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Help Us Spread the Word: Free Half-Day Seminar on Military Sexual Trauma


Dear State Commander or Veteran Advocate, 

NDVS, in partnership with the VA, will host a free, half-day seminar on Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The event will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM in the first floor auditorium of the VA Southern Nevada Health Care System building in North Las Vegas.

This informational seminar will be available to ALL, including survivors of Military Sexual Trauma as well as those who want to provide support to survivors.

The event is aimed at providing a greater understanding of MST as well as the resources and support available.  The seminar will be led by MST experts Dr. Nicole Anders, Psy.D of Las Vegas and Dr. Brian Potts, Clinical Psychologist of Nellis Air Force Base.

To register and save your seat go to: http://bit.ly/2I9pkma

or call 702-486-5627.

Attached is a flyer that includes both the registration and contact information. Please help us spread the word about this upcoming event! 

Respectfully,

Terri Hendry

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Terri Hendry, Communications Director
Nevada Department of Veterans Services
work: (775)825-9755

cell: (775)771-2800
hendryt@veterans.nv.gov
"Serving Nevada's Heroes"

VA researchers have made amazing discoveries

VA researchers have made amazing discoveries


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Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:00 am Posted in Health, Inside Veterans Health, Research, Top Stories, VA Innovations by Hans Petersen 3 comments 114 views

Did you know that VA researchers invented the first clinically successful implantable cardiac pacemaker, helping many patients prevent potentially life-threatening complications from irregular heartbeats?

Or that they developed the nicotine patch and other therapies to help smokers quit?

InnoVAtion to Implementation.”

Many Veterans gained hope for greater mobility when VA researchers invented a wheelchair that allows users to crank up the push rims to a standing position, providing them with increased functionality and independence.

It’s a remarkable history of accomplishments which we celebrate this Research Week.

Research Week is an annual event that celebrates the accomplishments of the VA Research Program and recognizes the researchers, Veterans and partners who support the program. For more than 90 years, VA research has been improving the lives of Veterans and all Americans through health care discovery and innovation.

VA research is unique because of its focus on medical issues that affect Veterans. It is part of an integrated health care system with a state‐of‐the‐art electronic health record and has come to be viewed as a model for superior bench‐to‐bedside research.

The groundbreaking achievements of VA investigators—more than 60 percent of whom also provide direct patient care—have resulted in three Nobel prizes, seven Lasker awards, and numerous other distinctions.

The theme for this year is “InnoVAtion to Implementation.”

Research Week is celebrated all over the country at VA medical centers. VA facilities plan open houses or other activities to commemorate the week. Some plan research presentations, research displays or slide shows, and others will hold Veteran appreciation days, featuring VA researchers and local officials, as well as personal testimonials by Veterans participating in VA research studies.

The purpose of VA Research Week is to recognize Veterans for their participation in research studies and to provide an opportunity for VA investigators and administrators to present findings from their discoveries and innovations that have led to advancements in the health care for Veterans and improved upon existing medical knowledge. We recognize achievements in the following areas.

How research translates to patient care

VA researchers study a wide range of health topics from cancer, diabetes, women’s health and mental health to prosthetics and post‐traumatic stress disorder. Research Week is the premier event for researchers to present their discoveries on these topics and to show how they translate research to patient care and services for Veterans.

Here’s a short list of substantial research launches and outcomes in 2017 alone:

  • A major study, conducted under the auspices of the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium, on the long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $81 million in new research on non-drug treatment of pain for military personnel and Veterans.
  • A physical-environment checklist used in VA psychiatry units led to a sharp decline in inpatient suicides.
  • A study showing that prolonged exposure therapy delivered directly into patients’ homes via telehealth could “dramatically increase the reach of this evidence-based therapy for PTSD without diminishing its effectiveness.”
  • Significant progress in restoring a natural sense of touch for those who use prosthetic hands.
  • Advances in brain-computer technology that now allows fast, accurate typing by people with paralysis.

Every year, Veterans from all over the country participate in research studies to help improve the lives of other Veterans. During Research Week, we honor Veterans and formally thank them for the vital role they play in supporting and contributing to the VA Research Program.

VA research depends on its collaborations and partnerships with academic affiliates, industry partners, nonprofit organizations, outside organizations, and Veterans service organizations to deliver high‐quality results. For Research Week, VA highlights these partnerships and the successful research studies that have been made possible through these collaborations.

VA research fosters dynamic collaborations with academia, other federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and private industry—thus furthering the program’s impact on the health of Veterans and the nation.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

MOPH and Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day, Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 August 18

 

Subject: MOPH and Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day, Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 August 18
Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 06:47:33 -0400

Fellow Patriots, here is the latest information regarding the two days of events at Mount Vernon this year to celebrate National Purple Heart Day. 

Region Commanders, please share this information with your Department's Leadership who I hope will share this email with their respective Chapters. 

For everyone, please be sure to go online to register for your Free Tickets to the Wreath Laying and Mansion Tour on Friday, 10 Aug and the full ceremony on the East Lawn of Mount Vernon the morning of Saturday, 11 Aug.  All tickets are Free.  Saturday's ticket also allows access to all of Mount Vernon Estates. 

The Mansion Tour on Friday, 10 August is limited to the number of participants so if you have not gone on a tour of Gen. Washington's house and wish to do so you need to RSVP as it's "first come, first served".  If you have been on the tour last year, but still wish to participate in the wreath laying do get your tickets anyway, just let me know that you do not plan to do the Mansion Tour. 

Hopefully the Mount Vernon Inn will be open after we're done so everyone can have a nice evening of adult beverages after the Friday events. 

To attend the Reception please RSVP directly to me.  All I need is a name and number in your party. 

​This year we have support from the Hampton Inn and Suites, Alexandria, VA with discounted hotel rooms for Friday and Saturday nights.  Information regarding how to make your own reservations is included in the attached information paper.  ​

Be sure to get your tickets as you must have them to enter the Mount Vernon grounds on either days. 

And, please share this with everyone in your respective Chapters as we're planning to have a huge turnout of Purple Heart recipients and guests this year!!!

Yours in Patriotism,

Gordon

Junior Vice Commander, Dept of VA

Past Chpt 353 Commander

Gordon Sumner, PhD
Home/Office:  703-455-4527

Cell:  703-595-8800
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”   ~Benjamin Franklin~

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Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day

You are cordially invited to celebrate National Purple Heart Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It is our honor to have you join us as we, in partnership with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, commemorate the oldest military decoration in the United States at the beloved home of its founder. Here is information you might find helpful in planning your visit. Please note that Mount Vernon will commemorate Purple Heart Day 2018 on Friday, August 10, 2018, and Saturday, August 11, 2018.
See you soon,

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Joan Flintoft
Director of Events & Protocol

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Free Admission Tickets for Purple Heart Recipients

We are pleased to offer free tickets to Purple Heart recipients and their families on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Free tickets are available until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31.

GET YOUR FREE TICKETS

Saturday, August 11

Hours & Admission
Mount Vernon will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018.
Your ticket will include access to the historic area, an optional tour of the Mansion, George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center.
We recommend that you plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your Mansion tour time. You will be prompted to choose your Mansion tour time when you reserve your ticket.

Purple Heart Day Ceremony
Join the audience for Mount Vernon’s official National Purple Heart Day Ceremony on the East Lawn at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018, featuring remarks by General Washington.

Purple Heart Day Reception

· Mount Vernon is pleased to invite Purple Heart recipients and their families to a reception at the Mount Vernon Inn restaurant at 1 p.m.

· All guests must RSVP in order to attend, and attendance is on a first come, first served basis until the event reaches capacity.

· To RSVP, please contact Gordon Sumner, Chapter 353, Military Order of the Purple Heart, at gordon.sumner53@gmail.com no later than July 31, 2018.

Friday, August 10

Private Evening Tour

· On Friday, August 10, 2018, Purple Heart recipients and their families can enjoy a special Private Evening Tour of the Mansion and Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Purple Heart Memorial, on the 20th anniversary of its dedication, at 6 p.m.

· The Mansion tour includes the first, second and third floors of George Washington’s beloved home. The guided tour of the Mansion will take approximately one hour. Please note the first floor of the Mansion is accessible by most wheelchairs. The second and third floors are accessed by stairs.

· While a shuttle will be provided, please dress for the weather and be prepared for uneven walkways.

· All guests must RSVP in order to attend, and attendance is on a first come, first served basis until the event reaches capacity.

RSVP FOR EVENING TOUR

Things to Know Before Your Visit

Please be aware of the following:

· Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day will involve outdoor walking, so please dress accordingly. Please be prepared for varying temperatures and uneven walkways.

· The Ford Orientation Center, Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center and Mount Vernon Inn complex are wheelchair accessible. Although the 18th-century pathways in the historic area can be uneven, there is an accessible path linking the Mansion, Ford Orientation Center, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. More about accessibility at Mount Vernon may be found here.

· Food is available for purchase at our Food Court Pavilion or Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Reservations are recommended at the Mount Vernon Inn.

· Smoking is not permitted.

· Outside food and beverage are not permitted.

· Guests are welcome to leave the estate during the event and re-enter the estate by presenting a valid ticket.

Bag Inspection & Prohibited Items
For your safety, bags/containers larger than 16x16x8” are prohibited, and all bags are subject to inspection. Prohibited items include:

· Weapons/firearms not in compliance with Virginia law.

· Knives/blades longer than 3.5 inches.

· Flammable liquids, gases and aerosols.

· Fireworks and related materials.

· Other items deemed dangerous or suspicious.

· Food and beverages, except water.

Click here for more information about prohibited items.

Questions? Please feel free to e-mail Events@MountVernon.org.

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3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Fwd: You're invited and Send Us Your May, Armed Forces or Memorial Day Events!


Southern Nevada Patriots -- Am forwarding an e-mail from the Nevada Department of Veterans Services.  Lotsa stuff here.

Check out the Memorial Day events at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, on May 26th, May 27th and May 28th

          Also to add to your calendars...

July 4th - Summerlin Independence Day Parade (Chapter 711 is entered, join them)

August 7th - Purple Heart Day.  The Clark County Commissioners will be proclaiming the county a PURPLE HEART COUNTY during their Commissioners meeting that morning.  Chapter 711 will be presenting the County a 3x5 flag to be flown each Purple Heart Day plus patriotic holidays.  We'll present a wall plaque commemorating the proclamation plus a couple of "Combat Wounded" reserved parking signs.

September 8th - Armed Forces, Veterans and First Responder's Appreciation Day at Craig Ranch Regional Park

Len Yelinek

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Here's the RSVP link for the Grand Opening too.

Richard,

Thanks for stopping by this morning; I wanted to loop us all on an email chain, just in case you had any further questions for us. We appreciate you helping spread the word.

Here's the RSVP link for the Grand Opening too.

Thanks!

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Ms. Jess Holland

Director of Business Development

American Dream U
T: 702-233-2366 C: 702-578-2262

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