March 20, 2020
It was to be expected, but now it is official:
As of 20 March, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration (NCA) will only conduct committal services for groups of 10 or fewer people.
But as of 23 March, committal services (including honors) will not be conducted until further notice. Both of these announcements, especially the latter, will affect the rendering of military honors. They are discontinued until further notice — including those conducted by The American Legion, VFW, etc. The same is occurring de facto at private graveside services, and funeral homes are limiting presences at their facilities, as you might have read. Read the rest of this entry »
March 10, 2020
CANCELLED! Upcoming Community Town Halls
At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, we strive to provide our Veterans with effective healthcare in a safe and effective manner. Although, to date, there have been only (6) positive cases of the Covid-19 identified across Pennsylvania, and NO positive cases at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, we’ve implemented precautions to help keep our patients, visitors and staff safe.
It is out of an abundance of caution that the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center has decided to postpone the upcoming Community Town Hall in Williamsport on March 11, 2020 and at Wilkes-Barre for March 25, 2020. We’re continuing to closely monitor the rapidly changing environment of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and we will update scheduling as more information becomes available.
John R. Baloga
Public Affairs Specialist
As of 9 March 2020
January 28, 2020
Tele Urgent Care is now available in VISN 4, which means our Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Healthcare Network is providing it. Veterans can now obtain care with the ease of a video chat. Read the rest of this entry »
November 16, 2019
“The Department of Veterans Affairs will soon mail letters to Blue Water Navy veterans and survivors who were previously denied benefits. The letters provide updated eligibility requirements approved in the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, the paperwork required of a veteran or survivor, and available resources to assist in the claims process. The law says that veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam from 1962-1975 are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange or other harmful herbicides. Exposure to these herbicides have been linked to a list of several harmful medical conditions: Read the rest of this entry »
October 3, 2019
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to Host VA Enrollment Fair in Allentown
VA Enrollment Fair, Thursday, October 24th from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Allentown Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 3110 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown, PA 18103.
A Veteran’s eligibility for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is based on a variety of criteria related to their service. Although not all Veterans are eligible for VA health care, most Veterans who served on active duty with an other than dishonorable discharge are eligible to receive some level of care through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Just as VA Healthcare eligibility criteria changes over time, so may a Veteran’s eligibility for care. A Veteran once deemed ineligible for VA health care may become eligible if they experience changes in income level, health, or suffer a catastrophic event. Read the rest of this entry »