Veterans-For-Change NEWSLETTER

Week Ending Sunday, April 21, 2019Volume 10, Issue 16This-N-ThatAs many have noticed there have been quite a few “Take Action” posts in the newsletter, and the number of take action notices is growing which means finally Congress is taking action for Veterans.But, as we all know sometimes it’s just smoke to keep a politician in the “good graces” of Veterans and most won’t go any further than that.But, Veterans and civilians alike can help make those come to life, get to the floor, be voted on and with enough people harassing those in office, politely of course can make sure they pass!I agree some bills won’t help all Veterans, but it will help your fellow Veteran who is suffering just like you are, and other bills will help you, and not others. The point being, if everyone does their part, we can make change happen.One of the things I say quite frequently is: What Employer any where in the world hires staff, walks off, and assumes they will do what they were hired for? The answer is simple, NO ONE!However, here in the United States, that’s precisely what we do. When you cast your vote, and whether the person you voted for or someone else gets that seat in Congress, their salaries are paid for by Taxpayer Dollars, this means they are our Employees and we are their Employers.So it’s our duty to constantly remind them of our concerns, expectations, and demands! Failing to do so automatically gives them carte blanche to do as they damn well please.If we continually send off the Pre-Written E-Mails, follow those with phone calls every single week, sharing the information in an E-Mail and send off to our entire E-Mail address book, asking them to also send off the Pre-Written E-Mails and follow those up with telephone calls too, we increase our chances dramatically.Sad part is most will come up with more excuses than carter has little pills. That attitude needs to be overcome and whether or not you believe your Reps listen, the more we stir the pot, and the more people who become involved, the more we increase chances of getting legislation out of committee, to the floor, voted on, hopefully passed and change will happen.I’m constantly disappointed, I’m used to disappointment, but I am seriously hoping many of you will jump in and send the E-Mails, make the calls, and share it with as many as is humanly possible.Over the next few days we will be adding almost 200 new web links, and hopefully by a week from today, another 200+ more documents will be added to the website.We’re still looking for a new hosting service and a web master who is very familiar with our software as we are currently experiencing a few minor issues that need attention, so if you’ve attempted to create an account so you can access the entire system, not just a sampling, send me an E-Mail and I will create an account for you through the back office.If you post a comment, please be patient and give me 24-48 hours, and I will also approve those manually though the back office as well.On behalf of our Volunteers nationwide and myself, we wish you and your family good health!Respectfully, 
Jim Davis 
Jim.Davis@Veterans-For-Change.orgVA Struggles to Curb ‘Parking Lot’ Suicides at Its Own FacilitiesThe VA’s top health care official is asking Americans for help in addressing the crisis of veteran suicides. “I wish it was as simple as me saying I could do more patrols in a parking lot that would stop this,” Dr. Richard Stone, the executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration, said Wednesday of the department’s efforts to curb veteran suicides and suicide attempts, which often occur at its own facilities. Stone made the remark in response to questions from the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about three recent suicides: two in early March at Georgia VA facilities and one at an Austin, Texas, VA clinic. Read more about his remarks here.TRICARE Beneficiary Bulletin #497Listen to this week’s podcast to hear about:• Military Children’s Health Month 
• April TRICARE Pharmacy Webinar 
• Breastfeeding Supplies and ServicesVisit the Multimedia Center for this podcast and previous podcasts here.The Veterans-For-Change website has been under construction since day one back in 2009 and every day since then. The looks pretty much stay the same, but in the background constant improvement and change is being done to make our website the most user friendly “One-Stop-Shop” website to find almost everything you might have tried to find searching the internet.Almost a hundred people have been involved; collecting web links to documents now houses on the VFC website, collecting thousands of web links for various issues, illnesses and benefits. Creating forums for all eras of service and two forums one just for men and one just for woman where you can go question, comment, share medical and personal concerns, what ever you’d like it to be.We also have a forum with for Mental Health and are currently seeking a new Licensed Mental Health Worker, where you can seek help or just ask questions.We average 2,557 hits per day, and downloads average 2,307 per day with a total 4,900,505visitors as of Friday.If you subscribe you will have full access to the entire website and best of all it’s FREE of charge! You just need a valid E-mail address so the system can send you a confirmation E-Mail. Once received, click on the link to be authorized• Documents Library with over 17,242 documents on-line (Updated: 04/11/19) 
• FAQ’s with more than 1,600 FAQ’s and answers 
• Multiple Forums 
o Afghanistan Veterans 
o FMP – Foreign Medial Program 
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o Iraq Veterans 
o Korean Veterans 
o Men Veterans Forum 
o Mental Health for Veterans (Counselor Needed
o Political Issues 
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o Veteran Affairs 
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o Welcome Mat 
o Women Veterans Forum 
o WW II Veterans 
• Job Postings 
• Memorial Pages (Updated: 10/30/18) (37 Added) 
• News (Articles On-Line: 8,429
• Polls 
• Web Links, more than 4,709, Added 4 New Links (Updated: 04/05/19)If you have a submission for the memorial pages, E-Mail: Jim.Davis@veterans-for-change.orgH.R. 1527, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice ActRepresentative Clay Higgins introduced H.R. 1527, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act. This bill would provide veterans who are no longer capable of living independently an alternative to nursing home care, in which the veteran would continue to receive the care that they need in an intimate home-like environment through VA’s Home-Based Primary Care program, and the Medical Foster Home (MFH) attendant program.Started in 2000, VA Medical Foster Homes provide veterans who need nursing home level of care an alternative to being placed in a nursing home. VA Medical Foster Homes merge traditional adult foster care with comprehensive longitudinal care provided in the home by a VA interdisciplinary team that includes a physician, nurse, social worker, rehabilitation therapist, mental health provider, dietitian, and pharmacist. Since its inception, over 4,000 veterans have resided in Medical Foster Homes.However, many service-connected veterans who wish to reside in a VA Medical Foster Home are unable to do so because of substantial out-of-pocket costs of approximately $1,500 to $3,000 per month. Because VA does not have the authority to cover these costs, veterans are placed in nursing homes which VA pays for but cost more than twice as much.As the veteran population continues to age, the need for long-term care services will continue to grow. Home-based community programs like MFHs will enable VA to meet the needs of aging veterans in a manner closer to independent living than institutionalized care. With the passage of this bill, veterans would have the option of care that more closely aligns with their independence while maintaining their quality of life.This bill is in accordance with DAV Resolution No. 085, which calls for legislation to improve the comprehensive program of long-term services and supports for service-connected disabled veterans regardless of their disability ratings.Please use the prepared letter to write your Representative to cosponsor and support passage of H.R. 1527, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act. Thank you for your efforts and support of the Commander’s Action Network.Take ActionWebinar on TRICARE Pharmacy ProgramJoin the “Make the Most of Your TRICARE Pharmacy Benefit” webinar on April 25, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on how to fill and manage prescriptions, as well as pharmacy-covered services, costs, and more. A pharmacy expert will provide detailed information about the TRICARE Pharmacy Program and answer questions. Learn More.~Follow Veterans-For-Change on MEWE Social Media~Follow us on MEWE! We’ve move to MEWE and after three months, membership has grown and the support staff at MEWE is responsive, open to suggestions and works very hard to protect your personal information.IMAGINE A SOCIAL NETWORK WITH ALL THE FEATURES YOU LOVE AND NONE OF THE BS.Where you are the customer to serve and not data to sell.Where you share your real life and celebrate, not censor, diversity.We know most people don’t like change, however, this new Social Media Site, MEWE.COM has no advertisers, truly respects privacy and protects your security far better than Face Book ever could. They also have a fantastic customer service group who actually does respond to your messages, suggestions, ideas and more!We hope you will join us on this new site.VETERANS-FOR-CHANGE HEROES PROGRAM OF VETERANS-FOR-CHANGE GROUP SOCIAL GROUP{USAVET} SUPPORTING GOD & ALL WHO SERVED OUR GREAT NATION FOR SOVEREIGNTY 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act

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