LVMAC Tidbit — 2016 marks first year of zero combat amputations since the start of the Afghan, Iraq wars |

April 12, 2017

An analysis by the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR) recently reported 2016 marks the first year of zero combat amputations since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began.

Source: 2016 marks first year of zero combat amputations since the start of the Afghan, Iraq wars |


As of 31 March 2017

LVMAC News — To All Independent Physicians and Advanced Practitioners, Know Me to Treat Me — A Training Opportunity

September 26, 2015

HOC Official Logo 2013On the morning of 14 November at Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus, the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council is hosting a special physician and advanced practitioner training symposium through its Healthcare in Our Community alliance – one of a series of events that week.  It is possibly the first time nationally that training of this nature and scope is being offered to a regional community of practicing, medical professionals.  Geared to medical doctors and mindful of their busy work lives, the training is intentionally condensed and will get beyond the topic of behavioral health, the focus of most other course offerings related to military veterans healthcare.

While our alliance of nine hospitals encourages participation within their own networks, the Council recognizes independent medical practitioners also exist and are a vital a contributor to the health of the Lehigh Valley’s military-veteran families.  Therefore, if you are a medical doctor, physician’s assistant or certified registered nurse practitioner – regardless of whether or not you are affiliated with a hospital network – and interested in learning more about this free, CME-accredited symposium and how to register for it, click here.

Editor’s Note: This training is for the medical profession only and is not open to the general public.


As of 26 September 2015

LVMAC Tidbit — Uncle Dod Needs Your Help

September 25, 2015

USAMRMC logoThe U.S. Army’s Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) is responsible to the Department of Defense (DoD) for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), which is charged with finding and funding often leading-edge, medical research for new devices and treatments for the many injuries and illnesses sustained by our military, veterans; and ultimately the American public.  This little known but well-regarded effort has been in existence since 1995.  It now seeks your help.  In light of all the actions this Council has taken to improve the health of our veterans, we think this is a government effort worthy of your consideration.

One of the notable features of CDMRP is that it reviews proposed new ideas using citizens on review panels to help recommend which efforts would make the most important and positive differences in people’s lives. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit: OEF/OIF Vets Wanted for Walter Reed Comparative PTSD Study

February 17, 2014

National Intrepid Center of Excellence

Researchers at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, are currently recruiting for a study in which they provide free evidence-based therapy to OEF/OIF military veterans, service members, guardsmen, and reservists experiencing combat-related PTSD. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC News — The “Vet” Question

November 11, 2013

LVMAC_Circular_w_Motto 2013 (Backgroundless)Healthcare Providers Seek to Identify Veterans to Improve Their Care

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA; November 6, 2013 – An alliance of every hospital in the Lehigh Valley, created by the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC) in 2011, is announcing an initiative to identify veterans during the hospital registration process.  Much in the same way patients are asked if they feel safe in their home, all adult patients soon will be asked whether they are a veteran.  Completion is targeted for 31 March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit — Healthcare for Veterans: “It Takes a Village”

August 31, 2013

Local Hospitals Continue Making Progress

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On 20 June 2013 at Northampton Community College (NCC) in Bethlehem, the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC) hosted the second annual Executive Steering Committee Conference on the subject of local military veteran healthcare.  All the hospital networks in the Lehigh Valley were represented, including the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, the local supporting Veterans Health Administration (VHA) network. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbits — TRICARE Prime Increase Starts in October

July 31, 2012

TRICARE Management Recommends Quarterly or Monthly Payments Due to Possible Changes

In a 23 July media release, TRICARE announced the Fiscal Year 2013 TRICARE Prime enrollment fee increases for uniformed service retirees and their families will go into effect 1 October 2012.

For all retirees, the annual enrollment fees for 2013 will be:

– $269.28 for retirees
– $538.56 for retirees and their family members Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC News — Larry Speaks Out

March 22, 2012

President of Vietnam Veterans of America’s State Council Addresses the Council

Larry Holman, the President of the State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, spoke to the Council at its 21 March business meeting on the topic of the “Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) — Not Forgetting Its or the Next Generations.”

First, he explained its origins. VVA came into being because existing veterans organizations at the time were not always welcoming to returning Vietnam veterans – many felt rejected.  However, it did not really get started as an organization until the late 1970’s, early 1980’s.  It realized there was strength in numbers. Out of their own experiences, came its founding principle and its motto:  “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” More on its history can be found on its website.

Mr. Holman stated VVA is an active organization and an outspoken advocate for the current generation of war veterans.  There is good reason.  There are concerns over hazardous exposures, let alone trauma injuries. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC News — TRICARE in the Lehigh Valley

February 20, 2012


Mr. Terry Goodyear, Educational Specialist for HealthNet Federal Services LLC, which manages the TRICARE North contract serving our region, spoke to the Council on 15 February at its business meeting on the subject of TRICARE and the options available.

TRICARE brings together the health care resources of the Military Health System—such as military treatment facilities (MTFs) —with a network of civilian health care professionals, institutions, pharmacies, and suppliers.  It is a worldwide system managed regionally. Read the rest of this entry »

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