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 By Freddy Groves    Military 

'Federal Partners' get vaccine from VA

Who are the Department of Veterans Affairs federal partners? Inquiring minds want to know. A recent VA press release boasted about surpassing the VA’s milestone of administering 1 million doses of the COVID vaccine. That’s a... — Updated 3/2/2021

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Sarge's attic dormitory

I slid through the backdoor of the coffee shop and found Sarge discussing the lease with four new guys – homeless veterans moving into the upstairs dormitory. “And now we come to the most serious clause of this lease... — Updated 2/23/2021

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Internet access for veterans

Fifteen percent of veterans do not have an internet connection, limiting their access to Department of Veterans Affairs video telehealth services. But no longer. The VA’s new Digital Divide Consult has geared up to help over... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

VA, Fitbit team up

Do you have a Fitbit activity tracker? If so, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a free program for you. The VA and Fitbit have hooked up to provide one year of free membership to eligible veterans who have the device. This... — Updated 2/9/2021

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

VA is rolling out the COVID vaccine

As of this writing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has given more COVID vaccine shots than multiple U.S. states added together. The VA started with 37 vaccination sites, quickly expanded to an additional 128 sites and at this... — Updated 1/26/2021

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Get the VA Welcome Kit

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been out for years or are just now separating from the service, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a gift for you: the VA Welcome Kit. It’s something every veteran needs to have on hand for... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

The COVID vaccine is coming for vets

The COVID vaccine is currently being distributed to 37 VA locations around the country. The logistics to move 300 million doses to where they need to be (Operation Warp Speed) are overwhelming, but the Department of Veterans... — Updated 1/12/2021

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Has the VA called about Solid Start?

Have you been separated from the service for less than a year? Did you receive your phone calls from the Department of Veterans Affairs? They will try to contact you at the 90, 180 and 365-day point. The reason: Solid Start. Solid... — Updated 1/6/2021

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

At Ease: Sarge and the Coffee Shop Vets

There wasn’t a single veteran on the sidewalk outside the coffee shop. I was saddened by this, believing they couldn’t continue their morning meetings because of the cold weather. Still, I approached the carry-out window to... — Updated 12/29/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

"Unbanked" veterans

They call them “the unbanked,” people who don’t use banks for any reason. At this point there are 250,000 veterans without bank accounts. Without one, they can receive their benefits only through a prepaid debit card or a... — Updated 12/22/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Sarge the EMT

The retired sergeant, the one with the 6-foot foldout measuring stick, wasn’t there when I headed for the order window at the coffee shop. The rest of the veterans were uncharacteristically quiet, arrayed around the sidewalk in... — Updated 12/16/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Where to Live After Leaving the Service?

A quarter of a million of us leave the service every year, and where do we go? If our last duty station was in a great place, we might just put down roots and stay. Some of us go home. And some of us have no idea where to go. The... — Updated 12/8/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

VA Expands Video Health Care Access

Afraid to go into a doctor’s office right now because of COVID? You’re not the only one. Or maybe the nearest facility is far away, or transportation is a problem. The Department of Veterans Affairs knows this and is stepping... — Updated 12/1/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Purple Heart Phony

With snow expected that afternoon, I suspected the veteran crew might not have shown up outside the coffee shop, but there they were, socially distanced around the sidewalk. And they were in the middle of a hot conversation when I... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

911 getting a partner with VA crisis link

We all know to call 911 when there’s an emergency – car crash, burglary, need of an ambulance – but we’ll soon be getting an additional number. Starting in the summer of 2022, we’ll also have 988 as a direct line for... — Updated 11/17/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Letters Reach Out to Troubled Vets

We’ve been in a stressful period for many long months, and now here come the holidays. It’s going to be different this year: fewer (or no) family get-togethers, no parties, little shopping at stores ... in other words, a potent... — Updated 11/11/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veterans Post: Blue Water Sailors and Agent Orange

Blue Water Sailors, heads up. The Department of Veterans Affairs has now made it easier for you to file a claim for Agent Orange exposure. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 (PL 116-23) extends... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veterans Post: OIG Is Vets' Watchdog

You have to admire the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General. If there’s something illegal going on, they will find it. In one case, the doctor said that, no, she had never prescribed anything without first s... — Updated 10/28/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Data Breach Impacts 46,000 Veterans

A data breach occurred at the Department of Veterans Affairs when thieves attempted to divert medical payment funds at the Financial Services Center away from community health care providers that take care of veterans outside the... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veterans Post

What’s going on in Florida? It appears more criminals are operating there than in other areas of the country. One criminal near Tampa worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs as a transportation assistant who awarded... — Updated 10/7/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veterans Post: COVID Cancellations

Between March 15 and May 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs canceled 7.3 million medical appointments. The VA’s rationale at the time was to protect staff and veterans from the COVID-19 virus and to conserve their supplies.... — Updated 9/30/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Failure of the VA

With all the fanfare about the suicide prevention programs created to help veterans who are suffering, it would seem that all a veteran would need to do is present himself at the closest Department of Veterans Affairs medical... — Updated 8/26/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veteran's Post

It’s hard to fathom how low some criminals will go. Right in the middle of the COVID crisis, a respiratory therapist working for the Department of Veterans Affairs was nabbed for theft. Hospitals were sweating out having enough... — Updated 8/5/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Scam Pharmacist Sentenced

Most of us are locked down due to the coronavirus, but apparently the wheels of justice keep on turning. A few months ago I wrote about a Houston pharmacist, his wife and their pal who scammed the government out of $21 million in... — Updated 7/29/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Telehealth Use Soars

Telehealth Use Soars Use of the Department of Veterans Affairs telehealth video for appointments went up 1,000% between February and May. The VA attributes this massive increase to veterans guarding against getting or passing along... — Updated 7/22/2020

 

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