LVMAC Tidbit: You Are Remembered

April 15, 2021

Little noted, Gold Star Spouse Day was observed on 5 April 2021, but you are not forgotten:

Gold Star spouses eligible for special VA benefits

For more information on how to proceed, your best bet is to see an accredited veterans service officer.

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As of 15 April 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: VA Pushing Automated Travel Claims

April 14, 2021

Brand-New Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS)

The Veterans Health Administration is urging those who seek travel reimbursement to use an automated, self-serve system through a newly released, six-part video series. See below. Hopefully they will not abuse those veterans who do not have access to the internet, something that is common in Pennsylvania, especially among the older veterans — but not necessarily so.

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LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC opens the gates on COVID-19 vaccinations

March 10, 2021

Good news!  If you are enrolled in the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Centers’ healthcare system, your age or condition no longer matter for getting the COVID-19 Vaccination.  Those not enrolled with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center’s healthcare system will have to do so.  Read the “Background” of the advisory below.  Inquire regardless.  Click on the image to read.

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As of 10 March 2021

 


LVMAC Tidbit: VA works to prevent evictions and foreclosures

February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON —  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will extend the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, as well as extend VA loan forbearance requests, to June 30, because of COVID-19.  The current moratorium extensions for evictions and foreclosures were set to end March 31.  It is the result of the President’s January 22 Executive Order .

VA borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can review VA guidance for borrowers or call 877-827-3702 for additional information.

But what about those who are not using a VA mortgage guarantee as a result of our commonwealth’s failure to extend the evictions ban in August-September?   This resource may be of value: https://www.nolo.com/evictions-ban.

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As of 16 February 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC Changes Its COVID-19 Guidance — What a Difference Three Days Make

February 8, 2021

Today, just after publishing over the weekend the Wilkes-Barre VAMC’s 5 February call-out to those veterans 75 or older, Wilkes-Barre VAMC again changed its policy.  Now you can be 65 or older and can get the vaccine at your local clinic.

What is next?   We have heard that some VA Medical Centers are enrolling veterans on-site with proof of a DD Form 214, if they have not been using the VA healthcare system.

Stand by for news.

Here is the new policy: Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC “Don’t Call Policy” Ends for COVID-19

February 7, 2021

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center has just announced it is issuing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 75 and older under the conditions below.  No doubt because of special storage requirements, the vaccine will only be issued at the Medical Center itself and not from closer outpatient clinics — not exactly the best option for a 75 year old or, for that matter, anyone who lives in the Lehigh Valley.

However, it is a good step forward; and considering the vaccines are free no matter the source, you have more local options already. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC Newsletter

January 20, 2021

Click on image to read complete issue.

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As of 20 January 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: VA Asks for COVID-19 Volunteers

November 19, 2020

As part of fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is recruiting volunteers for COVID-19 clinical trials on treatments and vaccines at select VA facilities across the country. Anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer: Veterans, family members and friends.

To learn more and to sign up online at www.va.gov/coronavirus-research. You’ll be called to learn more if there’s a study or clinical trial that seems right for you.

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As of 19 November 2020


LVMAC Tidbit: PA-wide Town Hall with Under-Secretary for VA Benefits

November 14, 2020

https://www.va.gov/outreach-and-events/events/tele-townhall-live-in-pennsylvania-with-under-secretary-for-benefits-1/

Posted by Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council on Saturday, November 14, 2020

LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Virtualizes Its Community Town Hall

October 8, 2020

What:  The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre is hosting a Live Virtual Community Town Hall Meeting through Wilkes-Barre VA Facebook page. Veterans, family members and the public can provide online feedback utilizing the live chat feature during the broadcast.

Who:  Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Director Russell E. Lloyd will host the meeting.   All are welcome as this is a public meeting. Read the rest of this entry »


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