Thursday, August 29, 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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.
If you are new to My HealtheVet, be sure to upgrade your account so you can use all these great features. Upgrade today!
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Community Service Events

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 (
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

LeDene Lewis – Detroit Lighthouse Community Theatre (
John Pelletier – Folds of Honor (
Charles Staples – Detroit Police Department (
Lisa McClendon – Detroit Police Department (
William Browning – VA Hospital, Chief of Volunteer & Community Relations (
Camille Randle – VA Hospital, Voluntary Service Specialist (
Lisa Olney – VA Hospital, Public Affairs Officer (
Alysse Mengason – VA Hospital, Public Affairs Officer (
Brenda Finney – VA Hospital, Women's Health Event Coordinator (
Alexis Harrison-Derriso – VA Hospital, Program Support Assistance (
Tyrone Chatman – Michigan Veterans Foundation, Executive Director & CEO (
Lenore Bolthouse – Yankee Air Museum Rosies, Event Coordinator (
Cody Snell – U.S Army Recruiter (
Derek Gallegos – National Guard Recruiting & Retention NCO (
Raven Saddler – National Guard Recruiting & Retention NCO (
Richard Estes – National Guard Recruiter (
Joseph Frederick – National Guard Wayne State ROTC/RRNCO (
Nicholas Rivera – National Guard Wayne State ROTC (
Brian Webb – Dept of Health & Human Services, Community Practices & Innovation Sec (
Chaka McDonald – Oakland Community Health Network, Veteran & Military Families Navigator (
Chris Brown – Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Veteran Navigator (
Emily Ferstle Angus – Mission Continues, City Impact Manager (
Jamie McMillen – Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries-Volunteer Coordinator (
Chris Economeas – Detroit Pistons, Community & Social Responsibility Manager (
Chelsey Oeffler – Detroit Pistons, Community & Social Responsibility Coordinator (
Lora Underwood – National Kidney Foundation, Program Coordinator (
Gregory Spight – American Legion, Commander (
Tara Revyn – Mission BBQ, Catering Specialist/Community Ambassador (
Lisa Whitmore-Davis – AARP (
Geoffrey Devereaux – No Veteran Left Behind (
Stephanie Shannon – Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment, Founder & CEO (
Earnett Nolden – Women Veteran Interactive (
Monique Baker-McCormick – Wayne County Commissioner, District 6 (
Stacie Clayton – Office of Council President Brenda Jones, Director of Special Projects (

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Monday, August 26, 2019

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Friday, August 23, 2019

VA Benefits Bulletin - August 2019

Stay current on what's happening at the Veterans Benefits Administration.

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VA Benefits Bulletin

August 2019
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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 VBA on Instagram

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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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USO Show

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MI Freedom Center is happy to support Cathy Odisho from The Purple Clover Foundation at a homegrown USO Show on August 31. Cathy is a 10 year member of Bob Hopes USO Tour Troupe as a Singer Performer. She is blessed to have brought Smiles, Joy and Happiness to So Many. Performing at ALL CA Installations as well as out of state in BANGOR and PUGET SOUND WA, FALLON NV and many more.

PRESIDING over the event as MC will be Fox2 Weatherman Rich Luterman.
The USO Show is a FREE PUBLIC EVENT Honoring and Celebrating Our Troops and Our Veterans. The USO and it's Shows welcomed the Tired, The Weary, The Lonesome with the ever presence of a Warm Heart, Hand Shake, Smile, Hug, Food and Refreshment, A Place To Rest, A Shoulder To Lean On and a Patient Listening Ear for anything that a soldier would need to talk about for All Who Entered.

The Entertainment gave Peace, Laughter, Hope and for a short time with no thoughts of War or Death. THIS is Cathy's goal in having a USO Show with The Music, Talents of all kinds to entertain the public while all remember our Heroes of present day and Long Ago, In Service or Out of Service, Retired , here at Home or out of Country, they ALL deserve our Support and Thanks

NOTE: Cathy is a private citizen doing this on her own and has no budget or financing available. She is looking for Singers, Bands, Groups, Dancers, Comedians, Magicians, Novelty Acts just like the old USO Shows always had. If you yourself or anyone you know that has a talent and they would like to perform in the show to please submit an audition tape to her asap to:
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