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Enroll in the VA Healthcare System............................................................

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Everyone should enroll.  Flu Shots are available if you are enrolled! 

 

Legionnaires Enroll This Way Take your DD214 to Green Street where you will find an American Legion Representative to help fill out paperwork correctly and handwalk it through for you.

 

Caregiver's Program (VA) ............................................................................................

The Deparment of Veterans Affairs will send out more than $430,000 in stipend payments to nearly 200 Family Caregivers of Veterans in July. These Family Caregivers were the first to complete their Caregiver training under the program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The first payments to 96 recipients were issued 1 JUL. Family Caregivers will receive an average $1,600 in monthly stipend payments. The initial payments will average $2,500 because the first stipend checks are retroactive to the date of application. The amount of the stipend is based on the condition of the Veteran and the amount of care they require as well as the geographic location where the Veteran resides. An additional 80 stipend payments will be released from the U. S. Treasury on 8 JUL bringing the total to 176 Family Caregivers receiving the stipend in July.  “We continue to process and approve applications on a daily basis” said Deborah Amdur, VA’s Chief Consultant for Care Management and Social Work. “It has been profoundly gratifying to receive messages from Family Caregivers about the value of this program.”  Since 9 MAY, nearly 1,250 Caregivers of Veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, have applied for the Program. A core caregiver training curriculum is a required component of the program. This comprehensive training, which was developed by Easter Seals in collaboration with VA clinical experts, has received many positive comments from Family Caregivers.  In addition to the training, eligible Family Caregivers can also access mental health services and are provided health care insurance, if they are not already entitled to care or services under a health plan.  Veterans may review the criteria for eligibility and download the Family Caregiver program application (VA CG 10-10) at http://www.caregiver.va.gov. The application enables the Veteran to designate a primary Family Caregiver and secondary Family Caregivers if needed.  Caregiver Support Coordinators are stationed at every VA medical center to assist with coordinating the training or assist Caregivers in locating available services. Support for all Caregivers is also available via the national Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274. Caregivers of Veterans from all eras are encouraged to use the Website and Support Line to learn about more than two dozen supportive services VA offers to Family Caregivers.

 

Flu Shots ................................................................................................

Veterans enrolled with the VA Maryland Health Care System can get free flu shots at the following VA walk-in clinics:

  • Baltimore VA Medical Center 2nd Floor Lobby Flu Shot Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Baltimore VA Medical Center Primary Care Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Baltimore VA Medical Center Pharmacy Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Perry Point VA Medical Center Primary Care Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Fort Howard VA Outpatient Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Glen Burnie VA Outpatient Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Loch Raven VA Outpatient Clinic: Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic: Monday and Wednesday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Pocomoke City VA Outpatient Clinic: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eligible Veterans do not need an appointment to get a vaccination during one of the walk-in clinics. Veterans can also receive their vaccination from the VA Maryland Health Care System during their annual primary care visit.

 

Vaccination is especially important for people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, chronic bronchitis, a weakened immune system, and HIV. Besides these groups, the VA also recommends that all Veterans age 50 or older receive the vaccine. The influenza virus changes every year, so it is important to get a flu shot every year.

 

Veterans who want to enroll for VA care can contact the Eligibility & Enrollment Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324.

 
Lung Cancer Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

HYPERLINK "http://www.lung-cancer.com"www.lung-cancer.com

Veterans are even more likely to get lung cancer than the general public because of exposure to a number of pollutants. Smoking and tobacco are the leading causes, but other causes include: radon, asbestos, beryllium, and others.

This informational site describes the causes and symptoms of lung cancer and the screening techniques that doctors use to diagnose cancer.
 http://www.lungcancer.com

 

Mesothelioma ............................................................................................

                 Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center

Veterans face many challenges in today's society. But perhaps one that many may not be aware of is the likelihood of exposure to toxic substances during their military service.  Among the most common toxin that veterans found themselves to be exposed to is the carcinogen asbestos.  If you are a veteran, it is important to understand where and how possible exposures may have occurred so that you may speak with your physician about your asbestos history and how you may have been affected.

The great majority of asbestos exposures affect naval veterans, though asbestos exposure is not exclusively encountered among members of the U. S. Navy.  Naval ships and shipyards were notorious for their use of asbestos and today many veterans are paying the price.  Asbestos was used to insulate and prevent temperature transfer in many parts of vessel construction, but especially around boilers and piping.  Those who frequently worked with and in the vicinity of these fixtures could be at risk of a harmful exposure.

Veterans who worked among our military's industrial complex may also be at risk.  Many military structures and installations were built to withstand fire and heat, a property for which asbestos products were particularly adept.  Those who worked around these fixtures prior to 1980, or worked extensively with older or damaged fixtures more recently, could also be at risk of a potentially harmful exposure.  There is no safe level of asbestos exposure and veterans and service men and women who worked in these sectors should consult with their physician about their asbestos history.

The majority of asbestos products (those containing at least 1% asbestos) were banned in the late 1970s by the Consumer Product Safety Commission because the clear connection between asbestos exposure and health conditions became impossible to ignore any longer.  Asbestos exposure has been linked to deadly cancers, including lung cancer, and mesothelioma.  For more information about asbestos exposure, mesothelioma, or mesothelioma treatment, please visit the website mesothelioma.com. 

Another good site comes to us through Kelsey Servi, Public Outreach department for the Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com, the flagship site of their organization and the authority on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma information.  Their main focus is working with individuals and their families to help them find local treatment centers, doctors and support groups, provide free informational resources, and help file VA claims.

A sister site is Pleural Mesthelioma.coma site dedicated to spreading awareness about pleural mesothelioma, the most common form of mesothelioma cancer.  Veterans can visit to learn about mesothelioma life expectancy if they’ve received a mesothelioma prognosis.  Additionally, they’ve dedicated a portion of their website with information that can assist veterans affected by asbestos-related diseases to file for VA benefits.

A site which has achieved HON (Health on the Net) code approval is Mesothelioma Web; HON is a non-profit organization whose mission is to guide people to accurate medical information and expertise online and thereby to contribute to improved health care through patient empowerment and better informed health professionals.  For those affected by asbestos disease, the most informative page to link to would be the page answering many of the standard questions on mesothelioma, here.  There is also a page specifically for veterans issues.  Thank you to Caroline Shapiro, the cancer information coordinator for Mesothelioma Web, for providing this information.

Rachel Jones is the Awareness Administrator for Mesothelioma Prognosis.  She says, "...mesothelioma is one of the deadliest forms of cancer today. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most misunderstood diseases in recent times and continues to cause extensive harm.  However, our site, http://www.mesotheliomaprognosis.org, is an excellent resource to learn about the dangers of this disease.  Members of the U.S. Armed Services have not only dedicated their lives to their country, but are also unfortunately the most common victims of mesothelioma due to their increased risk of exposure to asbestos.  The military has used asbestos in various aspects of work and construction and ultimately affected close to one million individuals of the 25 million veterans in the U.S."

Wounded Warriors..................................................................................

 NEW SERVICE ANNOUNCED FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS, FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS

DOD announced that the Military OneSource service has established a Wounded Warrior Resource Center telephone number and e-mail address for service members and their families, if they have concerns or other difficulties during their recovery process.
 
Service members and their family members can now call 1-800-342-9647 or e-mail militaryonesource.com 24/7 to request support.  Assistance provided by the resource center will not replace the specialized wounded warrior programs established by each of the military services, but it will offer another avenue of assistance for military facilities, health care services, and/or benefits information.