LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre Medical Center Town Hall Tomorrow — Face It!

September 14, 2021

A bit short noticed, but they are now doing it on Facebook during the pandemic:

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LVMAC Tidbit: Agent Orange: What You Need to Know

September 11, 2021

From a VHA Update:

Join VA’s virtual class, Agent Orange: What You Need to Know, and learn about Agent Orange exposure, related health conditions, benefits, and information for Blue Water Navy Veterans.  This free class takes place on Thursday, September 30, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. You can attend through your personal computer, smart phone, or tablet.  

To learn more about this class and sign up, see the class flyer at https://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/education/local-offerings/support/Agent_Orange_flyer.pdf.

You can also sign up by emailing VA’s War Related Illness and Injury Study Center at NJWRIISCEDTEAM@va.gov

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As of 9 September 2021

 


LVMAC Forward Observer: Need to Talk to Someone Over the Afghanistan Situation?

August 21, 2021

LVMAC Poster Art 2005With the sometimes venal political beat-ups over decisions made past and present in regard to the recent events in Afghanistan, compounded by local reporters trying to solicit comments from any current era veterans about their thoughts over the matter for the sake of a story and the blitz of media video and pictures,  it is should be no surprise that a few veterans are in a funk; or, in extreme cases, experiencing a resurfacing of post-traumatic stress.

While for the majority, a listening ear from family, friends, and associates is all that might be necessary, it is also good to know bona fide resources for more serious situations.  Many of these can be found through the Answers Desk section of this website, but are re-listed here for convenience.  Our thanks to Jenna Jordan of Spectrum News, Cleveland, Ohio, who actually did something useful through contacting the VA. One or two of the resources might surprise you: Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Lost a Job Due to the Pandemic?

August 12, 2021

Are You Aware of the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)?

Probably not, but on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched VRRAP on March 11, 2021 for those military veterans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Participating veterans can receive education and training for a broad array of  high-demand occupations , many of which are in high demand in the Lehigh Valley.  Up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates.

For more information on the program and on how to apply, click here.  Alternatively, contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday to speak with a VA education representative.

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As of 12 August 2021


Forward Observer: Did Military Service Give You a Runny Nose?

August 5, 2021

VA Begins Processing Disability Claims for Certain Conditions Related to Particulate Matter

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Have you been in Southwest Asia theater of operations during military service: Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea – and the airspace above these locations some time since 2 August 1990 on; or in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Syria or Djibouti since Sept. 19, 2001?

Have you developed asthma, rhinitis or sinusitis within ten years of a period of military of service? Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC Continues Virtual Town Halls

June 28, 2021

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As of 28 June 2021


Forward Observer — Nehmer Decision Comes to Any Vietnam Veteran Exposed to Herbicides

May 19, 2021

VA to readjudicate past claims for possible herbicide exposure

On 14 May, the VA formally announced that military veterans who were previously denied service connection for an herbicide related presumptive condition due to lack of in-country Vietnam service will have their claims automatically readjudicated by VA.  “Readjudication means VA will review the evidence of record and provide replacement decisions in the cases of those who were previously denied service connection benefits,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy.  The review also applies to eligible survivors of deceased Vietnam-era veterans, an issue of significance nowadays due to past VA delays. Read the rest of this entry »


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

 


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