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VA Payment E-mails

Today, the VA sent out e-mails regarding the next 3 months of payment.
It is nothing to worry about as this is standard.

Remember that if the first comes on a weekend or holiday, VA payments are paid the Friday before or the day before if the first is a holiday during the week.

Also please remember that banks such as USAA and Navy Federal pay a day early so please check your financial institution.

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ChampVA and you

If a veteran is 100% P&T, Dependants can receive health insurance called CHAMPVA.
There is a catch to this. There is a deductable, cap and co-pay as with any insurance. Not all providers accept this insurance. It is, however, a good bet that, if they accept Tricare or Medicare, this insurance is accepted as well.
Certain VA facilities do participate in what is know as the CITI program (CHAMPVA in-house treatment initiative.)
This allows those that have this insurance to be seen at a local VA facility.

CITI-facilities

You can call these facilities to check if they have updated the status of this program before writing them off.
The program at these facilities are Dependant on certain criteria.
#1 Veteran population – If they have a high veteran population, they are not likely to participate in the program
#2 amount of doctors – If there is a shortage of doctors at said facility, this is also a major factor.
They have to make sure that their current veteran population has doctors before taking on civilians.
CITI is designed to provide CHAMPVA beneficiaries with access to care in a VA facility after the facility has met the needs of their Veteran population. In some areas, Veterans’ needs utilize the full capacity of the VA medical facility.
If the participating facility determines you need medical services that are beyond their direct ability, they may refer you to a community health care provider. You will need to use your CHAMPVA benefits when receiving care from this provider. You will be responsible for your standard cost-share under the CHAMPVA program which is typically 25 percent of allowable charges up to $3,000 per year after a $50 annual deductible. The CITI facility will not be involved in payment for this care. The community provider should be instructed to bill our office directly.
If you are in the CG program, the deductable is 15%. If not, the standard above applies.
http://www.milops.net/champva-supplement
There is a supplement program to go along with CHAMPVA to help reduce cost.
https://www.va.gov/…/prog…/dependents/champva/citi/index.asp
This site gives more information on the program.
Also as a note, if you have Medicare, You are NOT eligible for the CITI program. Your other health insurance (OHI) status may also impact eligibility for the CITI.

Important Message for those of us here at Veterans Coming Together

 

As most of you are aware, there is a major category 4 hurricane looming off of the eastern seaboard. It is expected to make landfall very shortly here. So far, 4 states have declared states of emergency, mandatory evacuations have been ordered, VA centers in the areas have shut their doors, transfered patients and are rescheduling appointments. Earlier today, I posted this on the FB page of this site to try and et the word out that this storm is no joke and should be taken extremely seriously. I ask that everyone please spread the word. All veterans in the affected area need to make sure that they have contacted their local VA regarding any appointments that are in the immediate future to see if they need to be rescheduled. Make sure all of your VA paperwork is in a safe location, all medications are up to date and you have a supply to last at least a week (preferably longer) and that family and friends know your whereabouts. We are asking everyone to heed the warnings of public officials and keep an eye on your local news station for the latest information.

We are attempting to get in touch with the Salvation Army and the Red Cross to help coordinate relief efforts for when the storm passes to get supplies to the affected areas. Please stay tuned to your local news and weather stations for the latest on the track of the storm. We advise everyone to grab important papers, PC’s and other important belongings, make sure they are in a safe place. Make sure you have plenty of medications and a battery operated radio so when power goes out, you can stay up to date. I also recommend grabbing portable chargers, charge all devices to full, gas up your vehicles to full and have at least a week’s worth of clothing, food, water, etc. Please, DO NOT try to return to your homes until local law enforcement have declared it safe to do so. Have all Insurance documents on hand as well and make sure that they are up-to-date. Remember, Belongings can be replaced, Lives can not. Heed the warnings, get to a safe place for you and your family, stay informed and updated on the latest information and please remember that this storm is dangerous. It is not worth risking your life to attempt to ride it out.

Emergency message from the Charleston VA medical center

For those in the state of SC. here is an update from the VA regarding the Evac situation.  I got an updated e-mail from the VA here. It’s as follows:
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS
Situation Update – Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
10/05/2016 05:20 PM EDT
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and its clinics will close at noon on Wednesday, October 5.
VAMC STATUS: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has declared a state of emergency for the state of South Carolina and has ordered an evacuation of coastal South Carolina communities in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. General evacuations are scheduled to start today, Wednesday, October 5 at 3 p.m. Schools and government offices in the Lowcountry and other coastal areas are closed today and lane reversals on main roadways began this afternoon for evacuation routes. At this time, Charleston VAMC Outpatient Clinics, including Hinesville, Savannah, Goose Creek, Beaufort, and Myrtle Beach CBOCs, and Trident Annex are closed for the rest of the week. Inpatients are currently being transferred to other facilities. The VA hospital and clinics are scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, October 11. Mission essential personnel (as identified by their supervisors and service chiefs) should plan to remain on station to help maintain minimal hospital operations throughout the inclement weather event, likely through Saturday. All non-essential employees (as identified by their supervisors and service chiefs) were released today at noon on authorized absence. The Director has activated the Emergency Operations Center to manage all planning and actions related to the storm. Regular updates will be provided changes occur in weather conditions, hospital and clinic status, and employee status.
CBOC STATUS:
Hinesville – Closed; Re-opening Tuesday, October 11
Savannah – Closed; Re-opening Tuesday, October 11
Myrtle Beach – Closed ; Re-opening Tuesday, October 11
Trident Annex – Closed; Re-opening Tuesday, October 11
Goose Creek – Closed; Re-opening Tuesday, October 11
Beaufort – Closed; Re-opening Tuesday, October 11
PATIENT STATUS: All clinics and all patient appointments at the main facility and CBOCs are cancelled for the rest of the week. Clinic staff will call patients to reschedule these appointments. Inpatients at the VA hospital will be transferred to other facilities through the day on Wednesday, October 5. Outpatient clinics are scheduled to open on Tuesday, October 11. We will continue to monitor the status of the storm and update closures as needed. In the event of an emergency, go to the nearest emergency room.
VA VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers should not report for duty for the remainder of the week and are requested to resume their scheduled shifts beginning Tuesday, October 11.
CANTEEN UPDATE: The Patriot Café and Patriot Brew closed today, October 5 at noon. The Patriot Store is closed for the rest of the day. Tomorrow and through the weekend, weather permitting and provided there is a safe route to and from the medical center, the Patriot Store will be open for operations. The hours of operations will be dictated based on the needs of the Veterans, their families and the remaining VAMC staff.

 

For those following the current election…

election-results Updated as of 03-28-2016

No matter what side of the political spectrum you sit, I am sure that many of you are watching what is unfolding very closely. I have done so this year more than ever as I feel so much is at stake. I will NOT endorse a candidate and may not do so until closer to the General Election if I do so at all (as I am not here to try to create any division, especially among our veterans, hence the name). As of today, 2016-03-24, I have compiled a list of all the states that have voted so far. That list is attached above and I will update it regularly until ALL votes have been cast and we head towards the conventions for both sides. So far, a total of 36,572,654 people have voted. This number has broken records. I can not stress enough the importance of the process. YOU have fought for this right to vote, defended it and paid for it with your blood, sweat, tears and lives. I personally do research on all the candidates but I will not post it here as this is not the place for that. So many people have very strong opinions on this issue so I will leave it at that. I will, however, give credit where credit is due. The election results are thanks to The Washington Post and State Election sites across the nation. The only thing that I ask is for you to do research on your own on each and every person in the running for the highest office in the land and your next Commander-in-Chief. No matter who you vote for, Please vote.

In wake of late nights events……..

In the wake of last night Horrific terror attacks in Paris, We here at Veterans Coming Together stand firmly with Paris and her people. This was an “act of war” by ISIL and things like this should not be tolerated. Mr. President, Call it like it is. This was a terrorist attack. To all the Veterans, Stay Vigilant. To all in Paris, We stand firmly with you and you are in our every thought and prayer. Let us not be afraid but let us stand strong and firm in our beliefs. Let us be united as one.

Leavenworth VA Physician Assistant surrenders license, is accused of sexual abusing patients

Kansas City, MO – The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has found themselves in the midst of yet another scandal. According to breaking news reports out of Kansas City, a physicians assistant formerly licensed by the state of Kansas and employed by the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas has surrendered his license following allegations that he has sexually abused at least seven different veterans.Leavenworth_VA_physician_surrenders_lice_3159930000_21135514_ver1.0_640_480

The medical professional in question, Mark E. Wisner, PhD, P.A., is a retired major in the Kansas National Guard and is facing felony and misdemeanor charges for a variety of medical improprieties that range from sexual propositions and molestation of male veterans suffering from post traumatic stress to, in one case, allegedly attempting to sodomize an unconscious male veteran seeking treatment.

According to a source close to one of the victims, Wisner specifically targeted veterans who were suffering from post-traumatic stress or otherwise seemed to be in a place of vulnerability. The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “In one instance, he reviewed a male veteran’s medical records without authorization, discovered he had disclosed childhood sexual trauma to his therapist in an earlier appointment, and then proceeded to molest him multiple times under the guise of a testicular examination that turned out to be completely medically irrelevant. He is also accused of over-medicating veterans as well as not referring veterans to programs that they need. As a medical professional, he betrayed the inherent trust given to him by his patients.” According to records released by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA), there are seven veterans in total who have come forward, but several more who are expected to come forward since the original story broke.

In addition to the illegal activities that Wisner has been accused of, the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas has reportedly made repeated efforts to sweep the allegations under the rug. The first victim to come forward filed a report with the Veterans Administration Police on February 22nd, 2014. The police turned the matter over to administrators at the hospital, but Wisner was allowed to continue practicing medicine at the VA Medical Center until April when another veteran came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

But instead of reporting him to the KSBHA, Dr. Wisner was allowed to resign and continue practicing medicine in Holt, Kansas for nearly another year, as well as maintaining a license as a substitute teacher at the local school district in his hometown. It wasn’t until February 10th, 2015 that the mounting allegations resulted in Wisner surrendering his medical license indefinitely. The Leavenworth VA Medical Center never reported the improprieties to the KSBHA. Local reporters who have attempted to attain statements from the VA on the matter have been met with intimidation in an attempt to keep a story from developing.

http://www.kshb.com/news/former-va-physician-assistant-charged-with-sexual-battery-criminal-sodomy

Text Documents from the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.

http://www.kshb.com/news/medical-professional-surrenders-license-after-accusations-of-sexual-abuse-at-kansas-va-hospital

Presidential Proclamation — Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2014

Presidential Proclamation — Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2014

PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2014

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

America will never forget the September tragedy that shook our Nation’s core 13 years ago.  On a day that began like so many others, a clear blue sky was pierced by billowing black smoke as a wave of grief crashed over us.  But in one of our darkest moments, we summoned strength and courage, and out of horrible devastation emerged the best of our humanity.  On this solemn anniversary, we pause in remembrance, in reflection, and once again in unity.

On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 men, women, and children — friends and neighbors, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters — were taken from us with a heartbreaking swiftness and cruelty.  As we come together once more to mourn their loss, we also recall how the worst terrorist attack in our history brought out the true character of the American people.  Courageous firefighters rushed into an inferno, brave rescue workers charged up stairs, and coworkers carried others to safety.  Americans in distant cities and local towns united in common purpose, demonstrating the spirit of our Nation; people drove across the country to volunteer, donors lined up to give blood, and organizations collected food and clothing.  And in our Nation’s hour of need, millions of young Americans raised in a time of peace volunteered to don the uniforms of our country’s military and defend our values around the world.

As we remember all those we lost on that day and the Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the wars that followed, we must strive to carry forward their legacy.  On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, we take up their unfinished work and pay tribute to their lives with service and charity.  Through these acts and quiet gestures, we can honor their memory and reclaim our sense of togetherness.  I encourage all Americans to visitwww.Serve.gov or www.Servir.gov to learn more about service opportunities across our country.

In the face of great terror, some turned to God and many found comfort in family and friends — but all Americans came together as one people united not only in our grief, but also in our determination to stand with one another and support the country we love.  Today and all days, we remember the patriots who endure in the hearts of our Nation and their families who have known the awful depths of loss.  In their spirit, let us resolve to move forward together and rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define our Union as we work to strengthen our communities and better our world.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2014, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.  I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance.  I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this  tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

BARACK OBAMA

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/10/presidential-proclamation-patriot-day-and-national-day-service-and-remem

This was done the day before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks that rocked our nation to the very core. I came across this on the early morning of Sept 11th but due to the the symbolism of the day, i refused to post anything until now as a show of honor, respect, and remembrance for those that were lost that day and those that have lost their lives in the fight since. Thank you all for your continued support

Remembering

Always RememberGiven the nature of the date for tomorrow, This page will go silent for the next 36 hours in remembrance for all those who have lost their lives, who’s lives were turned upside down, and for those who fought and are still fighting for our country. My personal blog will also go silent as we take the time to reflect on what our world has become over the past 13 years and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Thank you all for your continued support and let us never forget.

A little info.

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A Quick Update

I wanted to drop by today and give you all a quick update on what is going on. Due to the past few weeks being so crazy,  haven’t had a chance to post as much as i would like to. School has started back where I am and the Melting pot of sicknesses has hit us HARD. Please keep us in prayer as we recover and I am hoping to get back to the page again asap. Also I am working on a few articles and interviews over the next couple of weeks so bear with me as i get the info together. I am double checking all the facts before I decided to post it. Thank you all for your continued support.

Home HealthCare Log

For those that are Homebound and need assistance from others for day to day activities, It can be really stressful to also try and keep track of those activities that are done. There is help. This is a Home Health Care log and can help with keeping track of what is done and also aid in claims that are filed to the VA. Home_Healthcare_Log. In Reviewing a case, the VA often looks at how much care the veteran needs to be able to continue to live at home if even at all. This also helps if the veteran is paying an outside source to come in and take care of needs that need to be met for day to day activities. This, again, is another one of those that i recommend have copies of for multiple sources. I hope this helps.

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