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Charles George VA Medical Center


While our facilities remain under restrictions, here are some good links for setup with MyHealtheVet for Veterans. MHV allows for premium account access, so Veterans can reorder prescriptions online, get health records and other services through MyHealtheVet.

If you need assistance accessing MyHealtheVet or enrolling in it you can contact the My HealtheVet Coordinator, Scott Pittillo email Scott

The MyHealtheVet Service Page on our website explains the process and here are a couple of PDFs that explain the online upgrade process:

Quick Remote Proofing Guide

MHV Reference Document

03/17/20 20:17:58/ WNC Webmaster/ COVID-19 News/

Charles George VA Medical Center Update Tuesday May 5 2020

* Our CLC residents and hospitalized Veterans have received over 500 virtual visits through supportive cards - THANK YOU!!!

* We are working to support the national blood shortage by continuing our scheduled blood drives - employees only are scheduled at the drive at this time, with social distancing measures in place.

* Our traditional summer youth program has been cancelled, however, we are working with past students to create meaningful virtual positions and ways to connect with our CLC residents.

* We have partnered with the Buncombe County Public Library System to provide library resources and activities for our CLC/Hospitalized Veterans. They are delivering a resource box from Friends of the Library containing books, handouts for internet resources, puzzle books, letters, notes and postcards. The box is updated weekly with needed items and resource information to share. We also have secured library cards that allow on line access to books/movies/magazines via the internet for our hospitalized Veterans.

* We have coordinated the purchase of no-contract phones for 25 homeless Veterans, allowing these Veterans to continue with their medical appointments.

* Voluntary Service is working/planning our reintegration plan for when we are able to start bringing volunteers back. Through our weekly calls, we have been told that the reopening of our VA will open at a slower rate than our community.

* Voluntary Service is still connecting with our Veteran Service Officers to ensure dissemination of all critical information/updates are reaching their counties and Veterans. We are conducting our regularly scheduled meetings virtually.

* Attached are the latest stay at home activities/ideas.

* Veterans having procedures are now being asked to arrive early and are having a COVID 19 test on the day of their procedure. Test results are received within 1 hour.

* All Veterans entering our facilities are issued a mask to wear while receiving services. Veterans are asked to bring a mask with them to their appointments.

* Reminder - We are still asking for homemade cloth masks for issuing to Veterans, our goal is to have enough masks for mailing to all Veterans we serve. Thank you to those who have already donated!


Today's video (below) is our second weekly operational update. I've heard loud and clear that you appreciate learning where the organization is on our fight against this pandemic, so I intend to do an operational update each Friday. Please keep your feedback coming; I know your time is valuable and want these to be helpful.

As of this morning, we have completed over 105,000 COVID-19 tests, with a little more than 7,500 positive results. The vast majority of Veterans whom we have treated have been recovering in an outpatient status. We have also provided care to over 200 non-Veterans across our network.

We are working diligently on our plans for re-opening our facilities, and as you can imagine, this is a complex task. Every VAMC, CBOC, and Vet Center will be a little different, and we are working through that now to keep you, our Veterans, and their families safe. You'll be hearing more on that soon.

Thank you for everything you are doing for our nation, and enjoy your weekend.

Richard A. Stone, MD

Executive in Charge

04/17/20/ WNC MOAA/ COVID-19 News/

VA Loan Information

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We realize you may be dealing with difficulties during the COVID-19 crisis. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be able to help.


If you have....

- New VA debt, We will temporarily stop debt payment collections. You don’t have to act.

- Existing VA debt, You can request a temporary collection suspension or an extended repayment plan. Call 1-800-827-0648.

After the national emergency ends, we will resume debt collection activities.

OTHER VA DEBT-RELATED EFFORTS • VA will not refer delinquent debts to credit reporting agencies during the crisis. • VA Home Loan applications will continue for Veterans with unresolved debt payment issues.

For help or to confirm whether this information applies to your VA benefit debt, contact the Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648.


When possible, we’re moving in-person services to virtual platforms. We’re also granting extension requests for late-filed forms, when the extension request is based on COVID-19. For assistance with benefit-related claim support, please contact 1-800-827-1000 or visit benefits.va.gov.

We’re working to find additional ways to serve you during this crisis. Please follow national and local guidelines to stay healthy and safe.

04/13/20/ WNC MOAA/ COVID-19 News/

North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

March 20 2020

The safety and well-being of North Carolina’s veterans, their families, and our staff is the number one priority of the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

In response to Governor Cooper’s Executive Order and preparedness plan to slow the spread of COVID-19, the NCDMVA has implemented the following policies and procedures at all of our service offices, veterans homes, and memorial cemeteries.

All NCDMVA offices, veterans homes, and cemeteries, will operate at reduced capacity until further notice. Our service offices are taking appointments on an individual basis for immediate emergency needs only. Walk-ins are prohibited. All offices are operational, but veterans should call their local facility for assistance. Our service officers are prepared to help veterans via remote delivery services by phone and other electronic means. To find a local office, please visit NCDMVA offices.

In person visits at our veterans homes are suspended, with accommodations provided in exceptional cases by management on an individual basis. NCDMVA is encouraging visitors to communicate with veterans home personnel and family members via video conferences and or telephone. Modified operational procedures are in place to ensure the safety and health of all residents and staff at our veterans homes.

Currently, all NCDMVA memorial cemeteries continue to remain open for burials. At this time, visitation of the cemetery grounds is permitted, however, public committal services are suspended. Walk-Ins are not permitted at cemetery offices. Families should call staff at the cemeteries for assistance with burials. For more information regarding burials or eligibility, please click here to contact the cemetery staff.

Please note that the NCDMVA may implement additional changes to operations and procedures as this public health crisis continues to develop. NCDMVA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on a continuing basis.

For more information about North Carolina’s response to COVID-19, visit NC 2-1-1 and NCDHHS .

03/23/20/ WNC MOAA/ COVID-19 News/

Veterans Benefits Offices to Close March 19

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices will be closed to the public starting March 19.

Regional offices will remain open, but will no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, scheduled appointments, counseling and other in-person services. This decision protects our older Veterans and those with underlying conditions as well as our employees.

Veterans can continue to get information about benefits or file a claim for benefits by visiting our website at www.va.gov . Veterans with claims specific or other questions may request information via Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) or telephone at 1-800-827-1000.

VBA benefits and services provided to Veterans, families, and survivors will continue to be delivered throughout the duration of COVID-19 impacts.

Please continue to check www.va.gov for updates. You may also follow us on Facebook and Twitter .

03/18/20/ WNC MOAA/ COVID-19 News/

Circular 26-20-7: VA Home Loan program

Special Relief for those Potentially Impacted by COVID-19

16 March 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with other federal partners to assess next steps in response to recent reports of cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. To keep Veterans and stakeholders safe while continuing the mission of VA Home Loan program, VA is providing the following information. Please note, VA is continuing with normal program operations and information will be shared as updates are made available regarding the VA Home Loan program.

This Circular has been posted here: VA Home Loan Modifications due to COVID-19


Loan Guaranty Service

03/17/20 21:26:30/ WNC Webmaster/ COVID-19 News/

Buncombe County Veterans Services

17 March 2020;

Buncombe County Veterans Services will be working remotely until further notice. This means Veterans will not be able to access services at 40 Coxe Ave. We will be accessible by calling 828-250-5726 and also by email.

Heath Smith

Veterans Services, Supervisor

03/17/20 12:57:00/ WNC Webmaster/ COVID-19 News/

Space Force, We Have a Seal

Jan. 24, 2020 | By Rachel S. Cohen

President Donald Trump on Jan. 24 unveiled the first official Space Force seal, an early step in the new service’s attempt to craft its own culture.

The seal features an arrowhead symbol over a globe, encircled by a stylized design of an orbit around the Earth. Twenty-three stars adorn the black background, and along the bottom runs year 2019 in Roman numerals: “MMXIX.” (continue reading...)

01/25/20/ WNC Webmaster/ Fun/
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