September 19, 2019
It is in the formative stage, but the Bethany Church located in the Macungie area, will be hosting two workshops to promote a better understanding PTSD — with the intention of starting a peer-to-peer support group afterwards, if successful. Led by Scotty Coyle, Pastor of Discipleship and also a current war, combat veteran, the approach is non-clinical, for he is not a clinical psychologist. However, he is an experienced counselor who has studied PTSD treatments.
It is unfortunate that some veterans Read the rest of this entry »
August 20, 2019
App combines telehealth tools for faster service
By now everyone should know that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in love with telehealth; moreover, telehealth apps. One end result is a multiplicity of them. On 13 August, the VA announced it had recently launched a new mobile application to save veterans and caregivers time online. It claims the VA Launchpad for Veterans simplifies and organizes several existing tools and resources at one convenient location — to help manage health care needs. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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.
As of 9 May 2019
Updated 10 May 2019
April 15, 2019
These 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 »
January 22, 2019
It is often forgotten — despite eye care being, amazingly, the Veteran Health Administration’s third busiest program — that if you are enrolled in VA healthcare, you are eligible for diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic eye care services, regardless of your priority group. You may also be eligible to receive eyeglasses and medically necessary contact lenses, if the ophthalmologist/ optometrist determines the need. Read the rest of this entry »