My HealtheVet Update | August 28, 2019



Rx Refill Options | Prevent Heart Disease | Blood Pressure | Women and Pain | Lose Weight | Cancel Appointments | Sleep Treatments |

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Get to Know Rx Refill Options

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What's right for you?

Refill your VA Prescriptions without a trip to the pharmacy. VA makes it easy for Veterans to request prescription refills from your PC, smartphone browser, or with a telephone call. Discover your prescription refill options to better manage your health care. Learn more.
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Can You Prevent Heart Disease?

Heart disease may be a leading cause of death in the United States, but that doesn't mean there aren't things you can do to prevent it and live longer. You can dodge heart problems in the future by following some basic steps, so get started today. Learn more
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Track Blood Pressure on My HealtheVet

Your blood pressure changes so much that you're more likely to get a 'normal' reading if you check it at home. Managing blood pressure is easy with My HealtheVet. The Track Health feature is a powerful tool for managing blood pressure and helping you keep a healthy lifestyle. Learn more.
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What Women Need to Know About Pain

Chronic pain is a real problem and a big concern for those who experience it. It's especially common among women Veterans. Chronic pain may include headaches, back pain, arthritis, joint problems, fibromyalgia, and pelvic pain, among others. Learn more.
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What about Lunch?

There are delicious ways to 'brown bag' a healthy, low-calorie lunch. Start eating smarter with a lunch that keeps you on track with your weight-loss goals and doesn't make you feel tired the rest of the day. VA has quick and easy recipes for your lunchtime meal. Learn more.
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If You Need to Cancel an Appointment

Have you ever found yourself unable to make a doctor's appointment? It's not unusual. We double-book ourselves, get slammed with work, or even family emergencies. But if you don't cancel, you miss the chance to help another Veteran get care sooner. Help us give your spot to another Veteran.
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Get Back to Sleep with VA Tools

Sleep influences every aspect of wellness, and sleep disorders are highly common in Veterans. Join VA at 12:00 p.m. ET on September 4, 2019, for a Facebook Live discussion on VA tools that can help you sleep better. Learn more

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and (PRESS 1). Learn more.
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Community Service Event Flyers

                           
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Friday, 6 September, volunteers needed to build a rain shelter for Eberwhite Elementary School in Ann Arbor.
Saturday, 7 September, volunteers needed to unfurl the flag at halftime for the University of Michigan vs. West Point football game in Ann Arbor. Soldiers participating in the flag unfurling will receive two free tickets to the game (one for you and a guest). Your guest will also be able to stand beside you as you unfurl the flag.
NOTE: Uniform is OCPs. Soldiers will be responsible for their own transportation and parking. Soldiers who volunteer for the flag unfurling will receive two game tickets  at check-in on location.
Prohibited Items
All bags (including purses, fanny packs, etc.) All bottles (including all types of water bottles) Alcoholic beverages Aerosol and spray cans Animals (except service animals for persons with a disability) Apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, cups, cans, flasks) Flags and flagpoles Food of any kind Irritants Projectiles (including footballs, Frisbees and beach balls) Seat cushions containing any type of metal or those with pockets, storage slots, seat backs, arm rests, or attachments of any kind Strollers Video camera, tripods and selfie sticks Umbrellas Weapons.

On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 1:56 AM dee brag <doreia.a.bragg@gmail.com> wrote:

On Tue, Aug 27, 2019, 1:42 AM dee brag <doreia.a.bragg@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi,

My name is Doreia Bragg-Rogers. I am a combat Veteran and currently the Public Affairs Officer for 272 RSG Brigade of the Michigan Army National Guard. You are receiving this email based on your community involvement. Attached are upcoming events and a list of contacts also involved in community outreach programs.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and please pass this information along.

Sincerely,
Doreia Bragg-Rogers
(313) 655-9570


Thursday, Sept. 12 Soldier's Angels Mobile Food Distribution (American Legion Joe Louis Post 375)
12 pm - 2 pm (10 am for Volunteers)
19486 Sherwood-Detroit
Soldier's Angels Mobile Food Distribution will also be held on October 10th and November 14th
Registration required to receive food distribution

Saturday, Sept 21 Military Veteran All Stars (Marygrove Liberal Arts Theater) (cost $29)
7:00 PM
8425 W. McNichols-Detroit
Proceeds go to No Veteran Left Behind

Saturday, October 12 Making Strides Cancer Walk (Hart Plaza)
8 am to 12 pm
1 Hart Plaza-Detroit
Registration required

Thursday, October 17 Women Stand Down (Detroit Lightguard Armory)
8 am – 5 pm
4400 E. 8 Mile Rd-Detroit
  
Friday, October 18 Trunk or Treat (The Children's Center)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (2:30 pm for Volunteers)
90 W. Alexandrine St-Detroit
Registration required

Saturday, November 2 Female Veteran Stand Down (University of Michigan-Dearborn)
10 am – 2 pm
19000 Hubbard Dr-Dearborn
Registration required

Friday, November 8 Veterans Appreciation Ceremony (Detroit VA Medical Center)
11:30 am - 3 pm
4646 John R St-Detroit

Saturday, November 16 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference
11 am - 4 pm
26000 Evergreen Rd-Southfield
Registration required

Sunday, November 17 Girls on the Run (gotrdetroit.org)
Time TBD
Location TBD

Friday, December 13 GoodFellows 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm (Volunteers)
Location PENDING
Advance registration required to receive GoodFellows packages
Volunteer registration required
                                   
 Saturday, December 14 Wreaths Across America (Clinton Groves Cemetery)
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
21189 Cass Ave-Clinton Township

CONTACT INFORMATION
  
LeDene Lewis – Detroit Lighthouse Community Theatre (dlctheatre@gmail.com)
John Pelletier – Folds of Honor (jpelletier@foldsofhonor.org)
Charles Staples – Detroit Police Department (staplesc869@detroitmi.gov)
Lisa McClendon – Detroit Police Department (mcclendonl397@detroitmi.gov)
William Browning – VA Hospital, Chief of Volunteer & Community Relations (William.browning@va.gov)
Camille Randle – VA Hospital, Voluntary Service Specialist (camille.randle@va.gov)
Lisa Olney – VA Hospital, Public Affairs Officer (lisa.olney@va.gov)
Alysse Mengason – VA Hospital, Public Affairs Officer (alysse.mengason@va.gov)
Brenda Finney – VA Hospital, Women's Health Event Coordinator (Brenda.finney@va.gov)
Alexis Harrison-Derriso – VA Hospital, Program Support Assistance (alexis.harrison-derriso@va.gov)
Tyrone Chatman – Michigan Veterans Foundation, Executive Director & CEO (mvf002@earthlink.net)
Lenore Bolthouse – Yankee Air Museum Rosies, Event Coordinator (Lenore.bolthouse@gmail.com)
Cody Snell – U.S Army Recruiter (cody.s.snell.mil@mail.mil)
Derek Gallegos – National Guard Recruiting & Retention NCO (derek.m.gallegos.mil@mail.mil)
Raven Saddler – National Guard Recruiting & Retention NCO (raven.a.saddler.mil@mail.mil)
Richard Estes – National Guard Recruiter (Richard.h.estes4.mil@mail.mil)
Joseph Frederick – National Guard Wayne State ROTC/RRNCO (joseph.frederick.mil@mail.mil)
Nicholas Rivera – National Guard Wayne State ROTC (nicholasrivera04@gmail.com)
Brian Webb – Dept of Health & Human Services, Community Practices & Innovation Sec (webbb3@michigan.gov)
Chaka McDonald – Oakland Community Health Network, Veteran & Military Families Navigator (mcdonaldc@oaklandchn.org)
Chris Brown – Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Veteran Navigator (cbrown@dwmha.com)
Emily Ferstle Angus – Mission Continues, City Impact Manager (eferstle@missioncontinues.org)
Jamie McMillen – Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries-Volunteer Coordinator (jmcmillen@drmm.org)
Chris Economeas – Detroit Pistons, Community & Social Responsibility Manager (ceconomeas@pistons.com)
Chelsey Oeffler – Detroit Pistons, Community & Social Responsibility Coordinator (coeffler@pistons.com)
Lora Underwood – National Kidney Foundation, Program Coordinator (lunderwood@nkfm.org)
Gregory Spight – American Legion, Commander (gregory_spight@yahoo.com)
Tara Revyn – Mission BBQ, Catering Specialist/Community Ambassador (trevyn@mission-bbq.com)
Lisa Whitmore-Davis – AARP (lwhitmoredavis@aarp.org)
Geoffrey Devereaux – No Veteran Left Behind (veteranrescue@gmx.com)
Stephanie Shannon – Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment, Founder & CEO (miwvec@yahoo.com)
Earnett Nolden – Women Veteran Interactive (ednolden@yahoo.com)
Monique Baker-McCormick – Wayne County Commissioner, District 6 (bakermccormickstaff@waynecounty.com)
Stacie Clayton – Office of Council President Brenda Jones, Director of Special Projects (claytonsta@detroitmi.gov)

VA Benefits Bulletin - August 2019



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VA Benefits Bulletin

August 2019
GI Bill Back To School

Go back to school with the GI Bill!

It's that time again! VA education benefits help Veterans, service members, and their qualified family members with needs like paying college tuition, finding the right school or training program, and getting career counseling. Learn how to apply for and manage the education and training benefits you've earned.

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Follow us today @vabenefits for the latest benefits information, Veterans' profile features and stories, VBA job openings, local and regional events, and other relevant Veteran content.

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VA Updates the Rating Schedule for Some Disabilities

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On August 11th, VA updated portions of the rating schedule that evaluate infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies. By updating the rating schedule, Veterans now receive decisions based on the most current medical knowledge of their condition.
Claims filed on or after August 11th will be rated under this new rating schedule. Claims pending prior to the update will be considered under the old and new schedules and whichever criteria is more favorable to the Veteran will be applied.

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Get a new disability rating in the last 2 years?

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If so, you may be eligible for Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI). Zero percent ratings are considered new ratings and are eligible. However, increases to existing ratings are not. Premiums may be waived in case of total disability.

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Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified VA responders. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
Connect by calling 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1), text to 838255, or chat online.
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This free support is confidential, available every day, 24/7, serves all Veterans, all service members, National Guard and Reserve, and their family members and friends.

Stay up to date on Veteran employment information

Get stats delivered directly to your inbox by subscribing to the VETS monthly Veteran Employment Update or view the latest Veteran unemployment numbers.
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