LVMAC Tidbit: VA Announces Final Community Care Regulations

June 6, 2019

 

On 5 June 2019, the VA finally announced the new rules of the game for three vital services under the MISSION Act of 2018: Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Park Service Offers Free Lifetime Access Passes to Disabled Veterans

May 23, 2019

Veterans with a service-connected disability rating can enter federal parks for free with a Lifetime National Parks Access Pass, which is not not hard to get.  Those with a disability rating of 10 per cent or higher are eligible.  Good for entry into over 400 national parks and  2,000 recreation sites across the country, the Lifetime Access Pass is the National Park Service’s  way of saying thank you to our veterans for their service and sacrifices. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Women Veterans’ Healthcare

May 9, 2019

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The above, recent flyer from Lebanon VA Medical Center provides us the opportunity to remind our local women veterans that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has improved its women’s health program substantially over the last few years.  It is not a perfect system, but it is an improved one.  The more advanced VA Medical Centers, such as in Lebanon and Philadelphia, have their own women-specific clinics.  For Wilkes-Barre VAMC, which serves the majority of our women veterans using VA healthcare, click here to find out what is offered, for the women’s program manager, and about its women’s clinic on the second floor of the hospital, though not listed in its directory of services.

Women veterans, considering the changes in progress as a result of the Mission Act and the high cost of private medical care, ought to investigate this program if they have not.

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As of 9 May 2019
Updated 10 May 2019


LVMAC Tidbit: A Tribute to the Vietnam War Veteran

April 17, 2019

One of the best tributes to the real Vietnam War veteran, to include those of other nations who fought beside them, we have seen. It is about who they really were, what they did, and how they have and continue to sacrifice for our benefit:

And think of it, ten percent of their generation served in comparison to one percent or less now. Speaks to the scale of the “conflict” in comparison to those which followed. Incidentally, estimates for those who served in World War II range between 9 and 11 percent of all Americans (more than one generation).

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As of 17 April 2019


Forward Observer: How Good is the VA Healthcare System?

April 15, 2019

LVMAC Poster Art 2005These days many people are attacking the VA for its quality of care, especially those seeking to privatize the system entirely, as opposed to those wanting to improve staffing and access to care (which involves contracting out also).  Most healthcare systems in our vicinity would be found as wanting if held to the same level of scrutiny.  In many instances the problems are furthered by the competition for resources in short supply (e.g. medical professionals) versus the sharing of them — which is typical of other businesses.  Yet, not infrequently the quality of care provided by the VA (socialized medicine, incidentally) is superior; and the reportage on that quality (transparency) is currently unrivaled, frankly. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC News: LVMAC Scholarship Announcement

April 12, 2019

LVMAC Scholarship Program

— For those from the Lehigh Valley —

Typical annual scholarship is at least $1,000 Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC News: Salute to Troops Dinner Invitation and Memorial Day Parade Registration

April 11, 2019

The Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC) and the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem are again sponsoring events in May to honor our local military, veterans and their families.  The Board of Directors cordially invites the members of our community and those still serving to participate in and provide support for these events: Read the rest of this entry »


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