Friday, June 21, 2019

VFW Action Corps Weekly, June 21, 2019




June 21, 2019

In This Issue:
1. SCOTUS: Bladensburg Peace Cross Stays
2. Participate in a Conference Call with President Trump About the VA MISSION Act
3. VFW Testifies in Support of Medicinal Cannabis Research
4. TRICARE Catastrophic Cap Reimbursement
5. National League of POW/MIA Families Turns 50
6. The GI Bill Turns 75
7. Defense Leadership Changes
8. 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Repeal Gains Traction
9. VFW-Supported Harmony's Law
10. The VFW Needs YOU
11. MIA Update
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Free Team RWB T-Shirt, Top MISSION Act Questions, VA Home Loan Podcast


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VA MISSION Act: Top Questions Answered

VA implemented changes to community care under the VA MISSION Act. We collected the top questions received from Veterans and provided answers, such as:

When can I receive community care?
Can I get dental care through the MISSION Act?How do I become eligible for the urgent care benefit?
How can I find an urgent care provider?

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VA Podcast: Benefits Breakdown - VA Home Loan Program (Tips and Advice)

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On June 22, VA will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the VA Loan Guaranty. Did you know that Veterans who use the Home Loan Guarantee are generally not required to have a downpayment? The VA Home Loan staff discuss these benefits, provide tips, and more.

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Whether it's workouts, races, social activities or community service projects, the 160K Team RWB members support each other through shared values and experiences; there's probably an RWB chapter near you. New members receive a free Team RWB Nike t-shirt. Click here to join Team RWB.

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Cohen Veterans Network Launches Wellness Hub to Share Mental Health Resources

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You can now talk about your mental health questions, needs and resources with other Veterans, service members, caregivers and family members. Cohen Veterans Network and RallyPoint have teamed up to launch this digital Wellness Hub so you can discuss mental health issues with your peers, find resources and join others' discussions on the topic.    

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Did you know the National Resource Directory has more than 14,000 vetted resources available to you right now? Featured Resource: PsychArmor Institute
Bridging the gap between civilian and military cultures is the mission of the PsychArmor Institute. They provide tools and resources to help civilians engage and better understand issues relevant to Veteran communities through online courses focusing on military culture, healthcare providers, employers, educators, volunteers, caregivers and families.
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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Urgent Care – Where and When You Need It




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Urgent Care – Where and When You Need It


You've probably seen news about the MISSION Act, which expands same-day services in primary care and mental health, as well as expanded telehealth to Veterans in their homes. Under the MISSION Act, urgent care is now a supplemental benefit for eligible Veterans. Urgent care in VA or the community (i.e., non-VA) is for those minor injuries and illnesses that do not require emergency room care. This support for urgent care does not replace the important relationship that you have with your VA health care team.
If you need to use the new urgent care benefit, it is important that you go to an urgent care location in your community that is within the newly established VA contracted network. It is also important to know the following details about the prescription component of the benefit: 
  • If the urgent care provider gives you a prescription, you can fill a 14-day supply of that medication at the VA or in a pharmacy within the VA contracted network.
  • If you choose to fill an urgent care prescription at a pharmacy outside of the VA network, you will be required to pay for the prescription at the time of pick up and then file a claim for reimbursement at your local VA medical facility.
This special publication about urgent care and the MISSION Act provides all the details for you.
If you arrive at an urgent care network location and have any difficulty receiving care, you can call 866-620-2071 to receive assistance.
You can also call your local VA facility 24/7 for advice, or logon to My HealtheVet and send a Secure Message (login required) to your health care team. Any Secure Message should get a response within 3 business days (usually fewer).
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WWII Veteran Soaring Valor trip - July 17, Asking For Your Help and Support

From: Jim Hodgson <jhodgson3@comcast.net>
Date: June 12, 2019 at 8:26:15 AM
Subject: WWII Veteran Soaring Valor trip - July 17
Reply-To: Jim Hodgson <jhodgson3@comcast.net>

Good Morning Everyone,
I am asking for your help and support.
The Gary Sinise Foundation is going to honor WWII Vetertans from Detroit and lower Michigan on July 17; with a Soaring Valor program trip to visit the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. There are 30 WWII Veterans and their Guardians who have signed up for this 3 day trip, there will be no high school children. This will be the only Soaring Valor trip for the Detroit area and most likley the last major event these aging men and women will attend honoring their efforts in WWII. 
American Airlines is furnishing a charter flight out of the North Terminal and they are hoping that we can get enough people to give these men and women a patriotic send off. AA will issue a special pass to all that attend, so they can get through TSA security. 
Currently the Sinise Foundation is firming plans for the morning on July 17. The concept is to have all the Veterans and their Guardians meet at a Metro Airport hotel and depart in a bus to the North Terminal, hence they all arrive as a group. AA expects that Bon Voage volunteers to arrive mid morning at the AA ticket counter and be in the terminal for 2-3 hours. AA would like to see folks wear their faternal colors or their old military uniforms (no way can I fit in mine).
I have agreed to help AA make a list of those that would like to join the Bon Voage Crew.
I will need full name, e-mail address and Date of Birth as it appears on the Drivers Licence or Government Picture ID in order for AA to generate a TSA Pass. 
Please ask your members friends and neighbors to join the Bon Voage Crew and send me an e-mail with their information; I will generate a roster for American Airlines to cut TSA Passes.
As plans firm up I will let all know timing details.
Please pass this email on to all that may like to join.
Please send e-mails to Jim Hodgson, jhodgson3@comcast.net;  or call 734-416-5159 h or 734-239-1777 c.
Thank You and God Bless
Jim Hodgson

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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