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May 23, 2017
05/23/2017 01:00 PM EDT   Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $186.5 Billion VA Budget WASHINGTON — In his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, President Trump is proposing $186.5 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The budget request will ensure the nation’s Veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services. The budget also supports the continued transformation of VA to rebuild the full trust of Veterans as a premier provider of choice for their services and benefits. “The 2018 budget request reflects the strong commitment of the president to provide the services and benefits that our nation’s Veterans have earned,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin.  “VA has made significant progress in improving its service to Veterans and their family members. We are fully committed to continuing the transformation across the department, so we can deliver the standards of performance our...
May 23, 2017
Mental health is a sensitive subject that can be difficult to talk about. So during Mental Health Awareness Month this May and year-round, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) encourages you to use your voice. Show your support for our Nation’s Veterans by helping to foster a positive national conversation about Veteran mental health By using your voice, you can relieve the discomfort and fear that too often accompany the topic of mental health conditions and treatment. By using your voice, you can help Veterans overcome barriers that may prevent them from seeking care. By using your voice, you can start a conversation to show Veterans that they are not alone, that mental health treatment works, and that resources for support and recovery are readily available if they need them.  ...
May 23, 2017
05/23/2017 03:17 PM EDT   Statement by VA Secretary Shulkin Supports Senate Accountability Bill WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin is issuing the following statement in support of the Senate Accountability Bill:   “I’m pleased to see the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee moving forward tomorrow on our much-needed accountability bill, and hope the senators pass it promptly without delay. Another example from this month underscores the need for accountability at VA: An employee who was convicted no fewer than three times for driving under the influence of alcohol, and who just served a 60-day jail sentence, is now returning to work at a VA facility.  No other hospital system or business would have to put up with this, and the Senate bill is a solid first step on accountability. More to come.” ###...
May 23, 2017
May 23, 2017
VA Announces Contract Award for Program for a ‘Faster Care’ Mobile App for Veterans to Schedule Medical Appointments WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded a contract for a commercially available, off-the-shelf online patient self-scheduling system through a mobile application, or app, that will help improve access to care for Veterans. Awarded to Document Storage Systems on April 14, the contract supports the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, which requires VA to establish an 18-month trial program operational in at least three Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs), under which Veterans can use a cell phone, tablet, computer or mobile device to schedule and confirm primary care, specialty care and mental health appointments.  “The VA is making critical improvements to Veteran health care, and will always look to leverage innovative tools that will put more capabilities in the hands of Veterans,” said...
May 23, 2017
VA Announces Adoption of American Cancer Society Mammogram Screening Guidelines  WASHINGTON – On May 9, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is adopting American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40. The guidelines also recommend starting yearly mammograms by age 45 and then every other year from age 55. The guidelines apply to women at average risk for breast cancer and complement VA’s already-extensive program for breast care for Veterans. “It is important for our women Veterans to know that they are in control of their care and the care they receive from VA is consistent with or exceeds care in the private sector,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Adopting American Cancer Society standards gives Veterans further assurances that their care aligns with other health-care systems. Currently, 76 percent of women Veterans age...
May 22, 2017
VA Earns Top Honors for Environmental Sustainability in Health Care WASHINGTON — Nine Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Medical Centers were recognized for their efforts in environmental sustainability in health care at an award ceremony May 18 in Minneapolis. Sponsored by Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit focused on environmental stewardship in the health-care industry, the awards honored the top 25 health-care facilities that exemplify the best in environmental excellence and the highest standards for environmental practices in health care. “We are proud of these accomplishments that recognize VHA’s efforts to embrace sustainable practices in providing the best environment of care for our Veterans,” said Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Acting Under Secretary for Health Dr. Poonam Alaigh.                                             “Being recognized for identifying and installing energy-efficient equipment, reducing waste and using less toxic chemicals to lower operational costs is a significant milestone as we make the best use of taxpayer funds,” said...
May 22, 2017
You may be eligible for a non-medication insomnia treatment study for improving sleep and managing GWI symptoms.  • Do you have Gulf War Illness (GWI) symptoms?  • Do you have trouble falling/staying sleeping?  •Telephone interviews/intervention & mail in assessments mean you can participate from home.  •Receive treatment for insomnia and up to $435 compensation.  Why are we doing the study?  • Clinical research suggests that sleep quality affects pain, fatigue, mood, cognition, and daily functioning. We would like to find out if helping Veterans with GWI sleep better will also alleviate their other GWI symptoms. Who can participate?  • Gulf War Veterans with insomnia and GWI. What is the sleep treatment?  •Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) is an approved method for treating insomnia without sleeping pills. Its goal is to improve sleep by changing sleep habits and misconceptions...
May 22, 2017
22 May 2017 - Killeen, TX Samuel Little from Temple High School received the CenTex MOAA $1,500 ROTC Scholarship.  Sam will be attending Texas A&M University next year enrolling in Navy ROTC. Nataniel Urbina from Harker Heights High School received the CenTex MOAA $1,000 Scholarship.  Nataniel will be attending the University of Texas at San Antonio next year enrolling in Army ROTC. Cadet Sirena Woodall, Killeen High is the recipient of the CenTex MOAA JROTC Leadership Medal. Cadet Woodall has been appointed to the United States Naval Academy Class of 2021 and will report for Cadet Basic Training at the end of June 2017. She would like to commission in the USMC as an Aviator. CenTex MOAA Scholarship Fund donations are welcome anytime during the year. Donations to the Scholarship Fund are tax deductible. Two scholarships are awarded in May of each year for any student at 7 local...
May 22, 2017
Veterans Expunction and Orders of Non-Disclosure Legal Clinic

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