Forward Observer: Senate Continues to Stall on Blue Water Navy Act Passage

October 9, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005As an update, the Senate continues to stall since we have last written on the bill.  From the VFW, which emphasizes the importance of acting now in whatever way you can:

“During the Vietnam War, veterans who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam drank, bathed in, and cooked with water contaminated by Agent Orange. They are now arbitrarily and unjustly denied benefits for illnesses associated Read the rest of this entry »

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LVMAC News: Funeral Benefits

October 6, 2018

A terrible subject, we know, but our guidance maybe of use LVMAC_Circular_w_Motto 2013 (Backgroundless)to you.  It is the result of some questions asked of us lately.

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As of  6 October 2018


LVMAC Tidbit:  VA Approaches Flu Season in a New Way

September 12, 2018

Did you know the Department of Veterans Affairs and Walgreens are national partners and both are providing no-cost, flu vaccines to enrolled veterans of the VA healthcare system?  It is part of the VA’s effort to improve and simplify its community care program — and the technology of the era now helps in that.

From August 1 to March 31, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,000 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities.

For details, click here.


LVMAC Tidbit: Continue Your Service: Now Is the Time to Join the VA?

September 3, 2018

VA releases data on vacancies as required under MISSION Act

va-logo-featured-news-releaseWhat the VA seeks is a steady, intelligent, reliable, adaptable workers who can tolerate its bureaucracy because a greater good is served and can work in it in creative ways.  Sound like someone who has just completed full-time military service honorably, and is not in the Reserve Components and subject to likely call-up?  It should.

The article below from the VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Relations suggests good, family-wage employment opportunities, especially if you are willing to travel and relocate, although some of these opportunities now exist in the Greater Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania areas.  Regardless, is the idea of relocation new to a professional, military servicemember?  We do not think so — another advantage over your non-veteran peers we have heard.

With over ten percent of its positions vacant and being an organization which is growing, now might be the time to inquire for employment.  And if needed, do not overlook its educational cost offset opportunities.  The G.I. Bill is not the only game in town. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit:  VA Updates Rating Schedule for Skin Conditions

August 22, 2018

“No conditions were removed from the new rating schedule for skin conditions. However, several diagnostic codes assigned to various skin conditions were restructured or revised as VA aims to have the rating schedule better reflect modern medicine,” according to the VA.  The new rating schedule for skin conditions goes into effect August 13. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer:  Will the Senate Have the Courage to Rise Above the Intransigence of the VA on the Blue Water Navy Issue?

August 9, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005The behavior of the Senate on the issue of the Blue Water Navy’s exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam Conflict has been less than noble — nor has it done its job.  Over the decades, it has conveniently allowed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to lead it by the nose and to provide an excuse for inaction. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit:  Getting It Wrong on VA Healthcare — How Our Media Fails Us

July 20, 2018

[Editor’s Note:  One of the more thorough, balanced and probative articles about the failure of the our national and local media regarding their reporting and conclusions on the state of VA healthcare in quite a while.  Also provides some insights on the thinking of our Congress and Executive; and the vested interests for privatizing the Veterans Health Administration.  Published by the Washington Monthly in its July/August issue. Worth reading the complete article.]

Journalists cover the Veterans Administration like it’s a disaster—but study after study shows the exact opposite.

Source: How the media gets the VA all wrong

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As of 20 July 2018


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