Montana Veterans Monument
Several years in the making, the Veterans Monument located at 101 Hieronymus Park Drive is under construction. Vietnam Veterans of America Bitterroot Chapter 938 has been hard at work collecting names and donations. Construction started 14 October 2010 and continues. Fund raising continues to complete the Monument.
The Veterans Monument, to honor all honorable discharged veterans’s service to our country, engraved are their names along with service, dates, rate and statement.
AGENT ORANGE TOWN HALL MEETING
September 29, 2018
Kalispell , Montana
Flathead Valley Community College
Art and Tech Building, Room 139
VVA Chapter 1087
Flathead Community College Veterans Association
Contact: Willa Burgess 406-857-3609
VA Steps up Fight Against Plan to Extend Benefits to Blue Water Vietnam Vets
As reported September 10, by Leo Shane for the Military Times, VA leaders are increasing their efforts to sideline legislation that would extend disability benefits to “blue water” veterans from the Vietnam War, saying the move would set a problematic precedent for future complaints. “We know it is incredibly difficult to hear from Blue Water Veterans who are ailing and ill, and we have great empathy and compassion for these veterans and their families,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie wrote in a letter to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee last week. “However, we urge the committee to consider the scientific evidence, impact on other veterans, and costs associated with this legislation.” The legislation, passed overwhelmingly by the House in June, would grant presumptive exposure status to nearly 90,000 veterans who served in ships off the coast of Vietnam during the war.
Read More at:/www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2018/09/10/va-steps-up-fight-against-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-blue-water-vietnam-vets/
Prostate Cancer Awareness
Prostate Cancer is related to Agent Orange
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
ACCESSING COMMUNITY CARE
You may be eligible for community care(outside a VA medical facility) when VA cannot provide the care you need.
Frequently Asked Questions.
- Am I eligible for community care? You may be eligible based on your medical needs, care that is available at VA, and other requirements.
- What happens if I am not eligible for community care? Your VA medical facility will work with you to schedule an appointment with a VA provider.
- Can I appeal a decision by VA that I am not eligible for community care? Yes. Contact your VA medical facility to learn about the steps involved and to start the process.
- If I receive community care, will I still be able to get care at VA? Yes.
- How do I find a community provider? Your VA medical facility can find a community provider for you, or you can select one. Check with your VA medical facility to make sure the one you select is part of VA’s network. If you are getting care through the Veterans Choice Program, you can use the Veterans Choice Locator online at https://www.va.gov/opa/apps/locator/ to find a community provider.
- Can I ask my doctor to join VA’s network? Yes, if the provider you want to see is not part of VA’s network, VA may be able to add them to its network. To see if this is possible, contact your VA medical facility.
- What happens if there are not any community providers available that fit my needs? Your VA medical facility will help you find alternatives.
- Can I choose any community provider I want? The community provider must be part of VA’s network.
- Are travel costs paid for by VA? You may be eligible for travel cost reimbursement through beneficiary travel. Contact your VA medical facility to learn about this benefit.
- Can I change my community provider? Yes. Contact your VA medical facility to change your community provider.
- What happens if my community provider is no longer available (i.e. retires)? Contact your VA medical facility to find alternatives.
- How do I make a follow-up appointment? Check with your community provider to make sure VA authorized follow-up care before scheduling a follow-up appointment. They should have this information which is provided in the VA authorization they received to provide you care. If your community provider does not know if follow-up care was authorized, they should contact your VA medical facility to determine the next steps needed to ensure you get the care you need.
- How do I get my prescription filled? Your community provider should send the
prescription to be filled at the nearest VA pharmacy. The VA pharmacy will mail the medication to you. Contact the VA pharmacy that was selected to fill the prescription if you have a question about receiving your medication.
- What if I need my prescription filled immediately and there is not a VA pharmacy nearby? If the prescription is for urgent or emergency care, you can get it filled at a nonVA pharmacy, but you will need to submit a prescription reimbursement request to your VA medical facility.
- What are the costs for community care? Just like at VA, you may have to pay a copayment and VA may bill your insurance company for care that is not service-connected.
- I received a bill from my community provider. What do I do? Usually this means that your community provider tried to send a bill to VA but did not receive a payment. Contact your VA medical facility so they can work with the community provider to resolve the issue.
NEW COMMUNITY CARE PROGRAM
I heard that VA is working on a new community care program. What is the status of that? Yes, due to the VA MISSION Act of 2018, VA is creating a new, single community care program that will be easier to use. VA is in the process of designing and testing the program, which is scheduled to launch by June 6, 2019.
Senate Passes VA Mission Act
VVA Calls on President to Sign Bill Now
Washington, D.C—”The VA Mission Act is the result of years of pressure from our members across the country, and its swift passage represents the kind of bipartisan work that Congress accomplishes when they focus on veterans,” said John Rowan, Vietnam Veterans of America national president. “We urge President Trump to sign this important legislation immediately, so that the VA can get to work on enacting these important reforms right away.”
The VA Mission Act, a $52 billion spending package, passed the Senate by a 92-5 vote, after sweeping through the House on a 347-70 vote. The legislation consolidates the Department of Veterans Affairs’ seven separate community care programs into one streamlined program in order to reduce bureaucracy and confusion for both veterans and the VA staff charged with caring for them. A critical provision of the VA Mission Act is the expansion of the caregiver-support program to pre9/11 veterans. This expansion will be rolled out over time to ensure that a surge in demand doesn’t overwhelm the VA’s already strained information-technology systems. Once fully enacted, the VA Mission Act will ensure that the caregivers of veterans of all eras are provided equality in support. “VVA’s members have had to wait far too long, and have had to fight far too hard for these reforms,” continued Rowan. “The President must sign this legislation immediately.