Monday, November 25, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Our Coast Guard Needs Your Help!

On a daily basis our brave Coast Guard personnel carry out missions that are vital to our national security, yet they are the only military branch working without pay during a government shutdown. This is unacceptable. The repeated, and all too common, threat of government shutdowns bring severe hardship on our Coast Guard men, women, and their families. No member of our military service should ever live in fear of not being paid.
Last year, The American Legion distributed more than $1 million in grants to Coast Guard families through its Temporary Financial Assistance program. This attempt to ameliorate the financial hardship of our service members, while welcomed, was not enough to assist all those in need. We cannot let these brave servicemembers again go for weeks without pay.
With the looming threat of yet another government shutdown, we need your help. Please contact your Senators and ask them to encourage Senate leadership to bring the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019 to the floor for a vote, and promise to support Section 221 the "Pay Our Coast Guard" provision within the authorization act. This provision will ensure our Coast Guard does not go without pay ever again.
Contact your Senator today and tell them to pay the Coast Guard!

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Homeless Veterans

A message from Past Department Commander Richard Chatman.

November 16 - 24, is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. As we enter the holiday season, I'm asking all my FB friends to please not forget about our homeless Veteran brothers and sisters. Get up to speed on the various agencies and organizations that assist Veterans and those who will not have Thanksgiving dinner.

The VA is a great source for helping.

During National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 16 – 24), we are all reminded of the close association between food insecurity and homelessness. VA is committed to helping address both of these potentially life-threatening conditions among Veterans. In addition to administrating evidence-based programs that have contributed to a 50% decline in Veteran homelessness between 2010 and 2019, VA also operate nearly 20 food pantries at VAMCs across America to help meet the nutritional needs of Veterans who do not have enough to eat. VA also offers a variety of programs to address many of the root causes of food insecurity such as insufficient income and employment instability. Despite VA's efforts, which include providing food to vulnerable Veterans in many communities and helping homeless and at-risk Veterans and their family members exit or avoid homelessness, more work remains to ensure every Veteran has enough food and a place to call home.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

My HealtheVet Update | November 20, 2019

Family History Matters | VA Lab Tests | Quit Smoking | Gulf War Veterans | Prevent Cancer | Diabetes |

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The Conversation You Can't Miss

Happy Thanksgiving dinner party with family and food with turkey on table

Family history matters at the holidays

This Thanksgiving, take the opportunity to talk and ask about your family health history. The perks of this chat will be helpful. VA has some ways to go about it. Learn more.
Veteran with tablet in kitchen with breakfast

Where are My VA Lab Test Results?

It's important to stay on top of your lab test results so that you and your doctor can make better decisions about your health. Did you know that My HealtheVet has three ways to access your lab test results? Learn more.
Veteran enjoys the sun at VA Medical Center

Great American Smokeout:

'Better Starts Today'

Quitting smoking isn't easy. It takes time. Let the Great American Smokeout event on November 21 be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. Learn more.
Veteran and partner looking at menu

Diabetes and Eating Out

When you have diabetes, it's normal to think twice or even be nervous before eating out at new restaurants. VA has tips you can use while still sticking to your routine of eating healthy for diabetes. Learn more.
Veteran using the Exposure Ed mobile app

Gulf War Illness:

Here's an App for That

Are you a Gulf War Veteran? VA created an app for you that is designed to answer questions about your military-related exposures and exposure-related benefits and services. Learn more
Doctor takes Veteran's blood pressure

Stomach Cancer Basics

Stomach cancer tends to develop over many years and typically doesn't show early warning signs or symptoms. Discover how you can lower your risk of developing stomach cancer. Learn more.
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Patient Statement Online

With a Premium My HealtheVet account, you can see up to six months of your previous patient statements online. This means you don't have to wait for them to be delivered in the mail. Learn more.

Find where you can get a flu shot

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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Sunday, November 17, 2019

ROYAL OAK BEAUMONT HOSPITAL IS Having MOONBEAMS FOR SWEET DREAMS Again This Year From December 1st. Through December 25th. at 8:00 PM

'Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams' to brighten hospital stay for young patients once again at Royal Oak Beaumont Children's wing.
Children who are hospitalized can feel isolated from the world and have a hard time settling in for a good night's sleep.
Beaumont Children's is asking community members to help. All you need is a flashlight.
Veterans Night is December 21st.
If you want to register your group. Please click on 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

20% off Walgreens for Veterans, Public Veterans Day Events, Veterans Day Discounts

Veterans Day is this Monday

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#VetResources - for Veterans, their Families, Caregivers, and Survivors

Watch Veterans Day Ceremony

Watch the National Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11

This Monday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. is the National Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Tune in early to watch pre-ceremony events. VA will be sharing the live video streams on VA's Facebook.

National Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11


Veterans Month


Veterans Day


Secretary Wilkie's Veterans Day 2019 Message

Veterans Day Message
Each year, Veterans Day is set aside for us to pause and reflect, to recall and recognize, and to honor and celebrate the service and sacrifices of those who, for 243 years now, have shouldered the challenge and responsibility of defending freedom.


Attend Veterans Day Events 

Veterans Day Events
All are invited to attend Veterans Day events at national cemeteries located throughout the U.S. from Nov. 8-11. The list of all events is listed below in this e-mail as well.


20% off Walgreens for Veterans

To honor the service and sacrifices of Americans who served in the armed forces, Walgreens is offering a 20% discount to all Veterans, active duty military personnel and their immediate family members. While you are there – get your free flu shot!


2019 Veterans Day Presidential Proclamation 

"Time after time, throughout the history of our Republic, Veterans have defended our way of life with integrity, dedication, and distinction."


Borne the Battle #170: Dale Dye, Marine Corps Birthday Episode

Borne the Battle Podcast #170
When watching a movie, it's easy to think that everything is real and true and lifelike. It's no surprise that that isn't always the case, especially with military movies. That's how Marine Veteran Dale Dye got involved.
Dale Dye, Hollywood Legend talks Vietnam, post-military careers, and PTSD.



Happy Birthday Marines
93-year old World War II Marine Veteran and code talker Thomas Begay sings the U.S. Marine Corps hymn in Navajo.


Most Americans know the historic significance of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the iconic image it is modeled after. Few, however, may know that the original, working model used by sculptor Dr. Felix W. de Weldon to create the monument is on display thousands of miles away in South Texas.


Veterans Day Events Open to the Public

Friday, November 8, 2019
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Sunday, November 10, 2019
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VA Welcome Kit

Find a VA Facility near you.


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Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)

RallyPoint Resources
Learn how RallyPoint can help you and other members of the Veteran community find quality brain health treatment.
Also, find out about no-cost PTSD treatment.

Life After Service: The Path of a Woman Veteran

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