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Tricare changes will improve access, defense health officials say

04 Mar, 2016 no comments Health , News
Tricare changes will improve access, defense health officials say

Defense health officials say they are making inroads in improving beneficiaries’ access to health care and services and proposed changes to military health care in the fiscal 2017 budget should enhance those efforts. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, and Defense Health Agency director Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono told Congress this week that the Defense Department must ensure the readiness of its military hospitals and clinics as "full-service platforms” to make sure medical personnel preserve their trauma, disease and non-battlefield-injury treatment capabilities. But at the same time, they added, the…

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Memorial Benefits

04 Mar, 2016 no comments Lifestyle , News
Memorial Benefits

How to Apply Upon the death of the Veteran or his or her spouse or dependent, also called the time of need, family members should locate the Veteran’s DD-214 or other discharge papers and click ‘get started’ to schedule a burial in a VA national cemetery. Then make arrangements with a funeral home, National Cemetery Scheduling Office or directly with a VA national cemetery. Get Started   VA Memorial Benefits VA takes special care to pay lasting tribute to the memory of Veterans who served and sacrificed and that of…

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The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans

24 Feb, 2016 no comments Health
The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans

We’ve been at this for 150 years! February is Recreation Therapy Month, a time set aside to recognize the importance of Recreation Therapy in the overall improvement of health and wellness for millions of Veterans nationwide. And it’s been around a while. Check out this article by VHA Historian Darlene Richardson: Recreational facilities and leisure activities have been important elements of Veterans’ health care for nearly 150 years—ever since the first Federal Veterans facilities were established after the Civil War. By 1875, four branches of the National Home for Disabled…

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Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

24 Feb, 2016 no comments News
Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.. It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together. Below is an overview of how to put together a great #VeteranOfTheDay package. Pictures: Everyone loves pictures, so the more and…

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Tips for a successful job search

23 Feb, 2016 no comments News
Tips for a successful job search

As a VHA employee– and one of our newest staff– Humza Khan has firsthand experience as both a job interviewer and an interviewee. Humza was a college senior majoring in marketing in the summer of 2015, planning to graduate this May. He had internships with the Defense Commissary Agency and Northwestern Mutual and was considering a few others going into graduation. He was after something that would allow him to apply his degree, enhance his resume and help him transition into a full-time career in a meaningful position. Humza found…

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