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What is a Veteran Center?
Vet Centers, part of the Veterans Health Administration, offers services for veterans, servicemembers and Guards/Reservists who experienced certain traumas.
“If you meet one of our eligibility criteria you can come into a vet center now and for the rest of your life,” explained Fisher, who deployed to Iraq in 2005. “Our eligibility criteria are really centered to serving in dangerous places or experiencing certain types of trauma, whether that is a combat zone or area of hostility.”
Vet Centers specialize in treating the mental wounds of trauma, but also offer other services like marriage or bereavement counseling.
“Our goal is to be that one-stop shop for all of your readjustment needs,” he explained. “We do it as a spectrum of services. One side of the spectrum is, ‘Now what do I do that I am not in a combat zone? Do I stay in the military? Do I get out? Do I use my benefits?’ All the way to the other side of the spectrum, which is, ‘I’m thinking of hurting myself or somebody else.’ Or ‘I’ve experienced significant war trauma or military sexual trauma.’”
Overall, there are 300 Vet Centers across the nation and U.S. territories. Fisher says they are currently working toward expanding the number, including satellite locations and mobile stations. It’s part of an overall effort to reduce barriers to care.
“We send out staff to provide services in (outlying) communities,” he said, noting mobile centers are often dispatched. “It could be borrowing space from a local American Legion location where we have a confidential counseling space where we provide services for that community.”
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While this is directed to the community where I served (Aviation Boatswain's Mates U.S. Navy), it applies to ALL who have the DD214 displaying other than dishonorable service. Please, obtain the benefits that were so hard earned through YOUR service.
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A historic milestone for PACT Act
The Department of Veterans Affairs marks a historic milestone by screening 1 million veterans for military exposures as part of the PACT Act signed into law Aug. 10.
The screenings are a key component of the law — which empowers VA to deliver care and benefits to millions of toxic exposed veterans and their survivors.
“Since we launched the toxic exposure screening program, VA connected with 1 million Veterans around the country,” said VA Under Secretary for Health Shereef Elnahal, MD. “Our health-care teams reached an incredible breakthrough in a short length of time. These screenings are paramount to improving the health outcomes for veterans and providing them with the health care and benefits they’ve earned as quickly as possible. This is among the first steps we have taken to deliver even more benefits and health care to veterans who have been exposed to toxins during their service.”
VA surpassed initial screening expectations through extensive outreach campaigns to include hosting more than 90 Week of Action events across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. While The PACT Act Week of Action ended Dec. 17, 2022, veterans can obtain screenings at any time of the year with their VA health care provider.
Veterans enrolled in VA health care will be offered an initial toxic exposure screening then follow-up screenings at least once every five years.
The screening takes an average of five to 10 minutes and begins by asking veterans if they believe they experienced any toxic exposures while serving in the armed forces. Veterans who answer “yes” are then asked about specific exposures, including open burn pits, Agent Orange, radiation, contaminated water and other exposures. If a veteran has been exposed to toxins during their time of service, VA wants to know. It not only impacts their individual future care, but it can also improve overall toxic exposure-related care and outcomes.
If you are a veteran who has not been screened for toxic exposure or has never received care at VA, we encourage you to contact VA about enrolling in the VA health care system and about obtaining a toxic exposure screening. VA encourages all eligible veterans and survivors to apply for their earned PACT Act-related health care and benefits now. Don’t wait until something is wrong before coming to VA — our providers are trained to recognize issues and concerns unique to Veterans.
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I appreciate your support in assisting our Veteran community. We have talked about VA Healthcare, Compensation and Pension and other VA Services. Invariably our discussions have included the #1 question we hear in trying to help our fellow veterans.
That question? "How was I supposed to know about that!"
Air Force Veteran Ed Ruckle has created many tools to assist us in helping Veterans. His Website, VeteranFacilitator.com; 300+ YouTube Videos "Ed Ruckle - YouTube"; Facebook pages Veteranfacilitator, MyHealtheVet; Newsletter; Podcasts; and Coffee Hours have drawn over 30,000 veterans seeking help.
To further expand the number of Veterans reached, Ed has created "Ground Support" a feature that will enable Veterans to go to a single source for answers to all their VA questions.
You are invited to join this group of Veterans helping Veterans. By signing up, you become one of the resources ensuring that the question "How was I supposed to know about that" will have the certain answer "Contact Ground Support".
I encourage your participation, here is the link to sign up.
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(And ignorance is not bliss)
Our Post Web and Facebook Pages (“Thank you John Moore!!”) contain information that benefits all fellow veterans, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!
One might think that the word “benefit” would already grab attention; however, it continues to be ignored by over half of our 17 million + Veteran community.
Recent (less than 3 months) experience concerning members of our Post reveal:
Veterans and spouses who were spending thousands of dollars per year on healthcare (Primary and supplemental) insurance they already qualified for (equal to or better than what they were paying for) at zero cost.
Veterans unaware that VA Healthcare delivers medical results equal to or better than that available in the local community
Veterans unaware of VA Programs that bring Urgent healthcare facilities to within (most cases) less than 5 miles of their home
Veterans unaware of the expansion of VA “Community Based Outreach Clinics” (CBOC’s). As close as Pontiac, Canton, Yale and now Howell
Veterans unaware of programs that are cell phone (or laptop / tablet / computer) accessed that enable veterans to make / cancel appointments, order prescriptions, file for travel pay (for scheduled appointments), communicate with providers, access ALL VA health records and a comprehensive medical library.
Veterans who delayed 20+ years to file for VA compensation and pension missing the opportunity of no cost healthcare and tens of thousands of dollars in earned compensation.
Veteran family members, upon the loss of (our member) their spouse / parent, realizing they have no comprehension of VA benefits available to them, worse, discovering VA benefits NOT available to them because their veteran never filed for earned VA benefits.
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