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Blue Ridge Veterans Community Partnership

October 8, 2020 meeting


There are several attachments and some additional information posted below the logo to the right. The first attachment is the Flu clinic schedule for CGVAMC and the CBOC’s. The second attachment if the user guide for veterans for the new Travel pay system. The last attachment is information on how to tele-connect.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about any of the information provided.

Thanks again for dialing in today, there was a lot of great information on today’s call.

As discussed in our call. Here are billing numbers for Community Care bills

• C4 Centralized Call Center for Community Care billing issues: 877-881-7618

• Adverse Credit Line: 1-866-606-8198

Posting the link to a digital copy of the 2020 NCDMVA Resource Guide!

Stay safe,


Leigh Tabor-Holbrooks, CVSO, Director

Macon County Veteran Services

104 East Main Street

Franklin, NC 28734




10/09/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Charles George VA Medical Center

Chief Nurse Executive Dave Przestrzelski and Licensed Practical Nurse Jim Luetkenhaus won in the Nurse Executive and Licensed Practical Nurse categories respectively.

VA Awards: WLOS interviewed Mr. Przestrzelski concerning the Secretary VA awards. Go to the link for the article.

What the interview didn’t capture is Mr. P talking about the amazing nurse/staff he gets to work for every day. He discussed the awards being given since 1984, the categories of the awards, the competition among more than 100,000 nurses nationwide in VA for these prestigious awards, and that the LPN winner was our facility’s back-to-back award. He also noted that this is the 2020 International year of the Nurse and Midwife and the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale.

08/07/20/ WNC MOAA/ Fun/

Charles George VA Medical Center

COVID-19 and the Upcoming Flu Season


Today’s video is about the upcoming flu season.

We are already hard at work making sure we have enough flu vaccines for Veterans and our employees for this season. This will be the first season in a long time when we will have two major respiratory viruses in the community at the same time: the flu and COVID-19.

We can make our communities safer and our jobs easier by immunizing ourselves and as many Veterans as we can. We will begin distributing flu vaccine to VAMCs in mid-August; we will have 50 percent distribution by mid-September and 100 percent distribution by mid-October.

Dr. Beth Taylor, our Chief Nursing Officer, likes to say, “flu shots are PPE,” and that is a great way to think about it. We are preparing millions of doses of this PPE for our employees and Veterans. The safety of our team and of our Veterans continues to be our top priority during the pandemic and the upcoming flu season. You’ll see additional guidance and information over the coming weeks as we continue preparations.

Thank you for watching and have a good day.

Richard A. Stone, MD

Executive in Charge

08/02/20/ WNC MOAA/ COVID-19 News/

Charles George VA Medical Center - Decoding VA Acronyms

Sometimes looking at your records can feel like you're looking at alphabet soup. The Western North Carolina VA Health Care System is providing this list to make it easier.

As a Veteran, looking at your health records can sometimes feel like you're looking at alphabet soup. Something that should be simple feels as if it's "ate up like a soup sandwich" as many drill sergeants used to say.

Well, the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System wants to make it easy.

Per system policy, when symbols, abbreviations and acronyms are used in a Veteran's health record, there must be an explanatory legend or standardized list available to decipher their meaning. When included in information provided to Veterans, abbreviations and acronyms must be explained in language that are easily understood.

Though this legend doesn't include all the possible abbreviations used in medical documentation, we are committed to the safety of our Veterans, and we want to ensure their understanding of their medical record. If the user of this list has any questions, they are welcome to reach out to their PACT team for clarification.

Thank you for your service and thank you for choosing VA!

Abbreviation Meaning

/F lower complete denture

/P lower partial denture

a.c. before meals

a.d. right ear

a.m. morning; before noon

a.s. left ear

a.u. both ears

aa of each

AAA apply to affected area

AAA abdominal aortic aneurysm

ABF aortobifemoral bypass

ABI ankle brachial index

Abnl abnormal

ABX antibiotics

AC IOL anterior chamber intraocular lens

ACA anterior cerebral artery

ACT acceptance and commitment therapy

ACW acetowhite (change) or leukoplakia

ad lib. as much as desired; freely

ADATC Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center

ADD attention deficit disorder

ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

ADT androgen deprivation therapy

AH/VH auditory hallucination/visual hallucination

AIMS abnormal involuntary movement scale

AIN acute interstitial nephritis

AJ ankle joint

AKA above knee amputation

AKI acute kidney injury

AMD age-related macular degeneration

Amp amputation

amp. ampule

Amph amphetamines

amt. amount

AOx3 alert and oriented in three spheres

APAP acetaminophen

Appy appendectomy

APR abdominoperineal resection

APT antiplatelet therapy

aq. water

AR anterior resection

AT anterior tibialis

ATC around the clock

ATN acute tubular necrosis

AUB abnormal uterine bleeding

AVF arteriovenous fistula

AVG arteriovenous graft

AVM arteriovenous malformation

B bilateral

B buccal

b.i.d. twice a day

b/l bilateral

BA behavioral activation

BAD bipolar affective disorder

BB brachiobasilic

BC brachiocephalic

BDR background diabetic retinopathy

bib. drink

Bilat bilateral

BKA below knee amputation

BLE bilateral lower extremity

BLL bilateral lower lid

BOT base of tongue

BP blood pressure

BPH benign prostatic hyperplasia

BRONJ bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaw

BRVO branch retinal Vein Occlusion

bucc. inside cheek

BUE bilateral upper extremity

BUL bilateral upper lid

Bup buprenorphine

BWX bitewing

BX biopsy

Bxy biopsy

BZD benzodiazepine

C chills

c. with

c/s culture and sensitivity

Ca cancer

CAD coronary artery disease

CAP carcinoma of the prostate

cap. capsule

CBCT cone beam computed tomography

CBT cognitive behavioral therapy

CBZ carbamazepine

cc cubic centimeter (cm3)

CC chief compliant

CCA common carotid artery

CCE clubbing, cyanosis, edema

cdi clean, dry, and intact

CEA carotid endarterectomy

CEIOL cataract extraction with intraocular lens placement

CFA common femoral artery

CFV common femoral vein

CIA common iliac artery

CIC clean intermittent catheterization

CIDP chronic demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy

CKD chronic kidney disease

CLI critical limb ischemia

cm centimeter

CN cranial nerve (number that follows indicated which nerve

CNS central nervous system

COE comprehensive exam

COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

CP chest pain

CPT cognitive processing therapy

CPT Current Procedural Terminology (procedure code book)

CRVO central retinal vein occlusion

CSF cerebral spinal fluid

CSSRS Columbia suicide severity rating scale

CT computerized tomography

CT A/P abdomen & pelvis CT scan

CTA CT Abdomen

CTA CT angiogram

CT-Bx CT scan guided biopsy

CTH CT head

CTO chronic total occlusion

CTR carpal tunnel release

CTS carpal tunnel syndrome

CVI chronic venous insufficiency

CWT compensated work therapy

cx culture

CXR chest x-ray

D distal

d.c. discontinue

D/C discontinue

D/C discharge

DAPT dual antiplatelet therapy

DAW dispense as written

DBT dialectical behavior therapy

DCR distal clavicle resection

DDX differential diagnosis

DEB drug-eluting balloon

DES dry eye syndrome

DF dorsiflexion

DFE dilated fundus examination

dil. dilute

DIPJ distal interphalangeal joint

disp. dispense

div. divide

dL deciliter

DM diabetes mellitus

DME diabetic macular edema

DMI diabetes type 1

DMII diabetes type 2

Dom domiciliary

DP dorsalis pedis

DPH Dilantin (phenytoin)

DPH diphenhydramine/Benadryl

DR delayed-release

DVT deep vein thrombosis

DX diagnosis

EAC external auditory canal

EAM external auditory meatus

EBL estimated blood loss

EBRT external beam radiation therapy

EBUS bronchoscopy with endobronchial ultrasound

EC enteric-coated

ECA external carotid artery

ECC endocervical curettage

ED erectile dysfunction

EEG electroencephalogram

EIA external iliac artery

EMA early morning awakening

EMB endometrial biopsy

EMDR eye movement desensitization and reprocessing

EMG electromyelography

ENB electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy

ENDO endodontist/ endodontic therapy

ENT ear nose and throat

EOD every other day

EOMI extra ocular movements intact

Epi epinephrine

EPS extrapyramidal symptoms

ER extended-release

ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram

ERM epiretinal membrane

ESRD end stage renal disease (on dialysis)

ESWL extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy

et and

ETOH alcohol

EUA exam under anesthesia

EVAR endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair

FEVAR fenestrated EVAR

ext external

F fever

F facial

f. make; let it be made

F/ upper complete denture

FBR First at Blue Ridge

fem-pop femoropopliteal bypass

FF free fluid

FGA first generation antipsychotic

FL fluoride

fl. fluid

FLAIR fluid attenuated inversion recovery

FMX full mouth series (radiographs)

FNA fine needle aspiration

FOL flexible laryngoscopy

FOM floor of mouth

FPD fixed partial denture

FSGS focal segmental glomerulosclerosis

ft. make; let it be made

FT full thickness

FWB full weight bearing

FX fracture

FXD for 10 days

g grams

GAD generalized anxiety disorder

GAD-7 generalized anxiety disorder - 7

gal gallon

GBS Guillain-Barré syndrome

GBUS gallbladder ultrasound

GDS geriatric depression scale

GI gastrointestinal

GLC glaucoma

gm grams

GN glomerular nephritis

gr. grain

GSV great saphenous vein

GTC generalized tonic clinic

gtt. drop

h. hour

hr. hour

hor. hour

h.s. at bedtime

h/a/p hypermetropia/astigmatism/presbyopia

HA headache

HALNx hand assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy

HbA1c hemoglobin a1c test

HBOT hyperbaric oxygen therapy

HCT hydrochlorothiazide

HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide

HD hemodialysis

HF hot flushes

HH hiatal hernia

HI homicidal ideation

HIDA scan hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid scan

HIV human immunodeficiency virus

HPI history of present illness

HSG hysterosalpingogram

HTN hypertension

HVF Humphrey visual field

Hx history

I incisal

I and D incision and drainage

I&D irrigation and debridement

I/O in and out (catheter)

IBM inclusion body myositis

ICA internal carotid artery

ICH intracranial hemorrhage

ICI intracorporal Injection

ICP intracranial pressure

ID intradermal

IDDM insulin dependent diabetes mellitus

IgA immunoglobulin A

IIH idiopathic intracranial hypertension

IJ internal jugular

IM intramuscular

IM intramural

IMA inferior mesenteric artery

IN intranasal

inf. infusion

inh. inhalation

inj. injection

INR international normal ratio

IOC intra operative cholangiogram

IOP intraocular pressure

IPJ interphalangeal joint

IPP inflatable penile prosthesis

IR immediate-release

ISI insomnia severity index

IUD intrauterine device

IUI intrauterine insemination

IV intravenous

iVATS image-guided video assisted thoracoscopic surgery

IVC inferior vena cava

IVCF inferior vena cava filter

IVF in vitro fertilization

K potassium

kg kilogram

L liter

L left

L lateral

LAI long-acting injectable

Lap LHC laparoscopic left hemicolectomy

Lap RHC laparoscopic right hemicolectomy

LAR low anterior resection

lat lateral

LAVH laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy

lb pound

LBP low back pain

LE lower extremity

LGB lap gallbladder

LHC left hemicolectomy

LIP licensed independent practitioner

liq. liquid

LL laser lithotripsy

LLE left lower extremity

LLL left lower lid

LLL left lower lobe

LMN lower motor neuron

LMTG lamotrigine

LMWH low molecular-weight heparin

LOA lyses of adhesion

LOE limited oral exam

lot. lotion

LPC licensed professional counselor

LRTI ligament reconstruction tendon interposition

LTG lamotrigine

LUE left upper extremity

LUL left upper lid

LUL left upper lobe

LUS lower uterine segment

m meter

M mesial

M medial

Man mandibular (lower)

MAOI monoamine oxidase inhibitor

MAP myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia

Max maxillary (upper)

max. maximum

MBC measurement based care

MBD metabolic bone disease

MBRP mindfulness based relapse prevention

MBSR mindfulness based stress reduction

MCA middle cerebral artery

mcg; μg microgram

MCI mild cognitive impairment

MD medical doctor

MDD major depressive disorder

MDP Medrol dosepak

med medial

MET metabolic expulsion therapy

mg milligram

MGF maternal grandfather

MGM maternal grandmother

MH mental health

MHC Mental Health Clinic

MI motivational interviewing

min. minimum

mL milliliter

mm millimeter

MMN multifocal motor neuropathy

MMSE mini-mental Status exam

MNA middle night awakening

MoCA Montreal cognitive assessment

MPGN membrane proliferative glomerulonephritis

MPJ metatarsophalangeal joint

MRI magnetic resonance imaging

MRONJ medication related osteonecrosis of the jaw

MSA multisystem atrophy

MSE mental status exam

MST military sexual trauma

MTJ mid tarsal joint

MUA manipulation under anesthesia

N nausea

Nav-Bronch electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy

neb. nebulizer

Neg negative

NGB neurogenic bladder

NIV noninvasive vascular studies (e.g. ultrasound, ABI)

Nl normal

NMS neuroleptic malignant syndrome

NNVAMD non-neovascular age related macular degeneration

Noncon without contrast (non-contrast)

NPDR non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy

NPH normal pressure hydrocephalus

NPWT negative pressure wound therapy (aka wound vac)

NSAID nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

NTG normo-tensive glaucoma

NVAMD neovascular macular degeneration”

NVCC Non-VA community care

NVG neovascular glaucoma

NVID neurovascularly intact distally

NWB non weight bearing

Nx nephrectomy

O occlusal

o.d. right eye

o.s. left eye

o.u. both eyes

OC oral cavity

OCC Office of Community Care

OCD obsessive compulsive disorder

OD right eye (oculus dexter)

ODT oral disintegrating tablet

OHTN ocular hypertension

oint. ointment

OMFS oral maxillofacial surgery

ON optic nerve

ORIF open reduction internal fixation

OS left eye (oculus sinister)

OSA obstructive sleep apnea

OSP open simple prostatectomy

OTC over the counter

OU both eyes together (oculi uterque)

OUD opioid use disorder

oz ounce

P&A phenol and alcohol

p.c. after meals

p.m. evening; after noon

p.o. by mouth; orally

p.r. rectally

p.r.n. as needed (for)

p.v. vaginally

P/ upper partial denture

PA prior authorization

PAA popliteal artery aneurysm

PAD peripheral arterial disease

PANO panoramic image

PAOD peripheral arterial occlusive disease

PARL periapical radiolucency

PAs panic attacks

Path pathology

PAU penetrating aortic ulcer

PAX periapical radiograph

PC primary care

PC IOL posterior chamber intraocular lens

PCA posterior cerebral artery

PCP primary care physician

PD Parkinson's disease

PD personality disorder

PD peritoneal dialysis

PDR proliferative diabetic retinopathy

PE prolonged exposure

PET positron emission tomography

PF plantar flexion

PFM porcelain fused to metal

PGF paternal grandfather

PGM paternal grandmother

PHQ-9 patient health questionnaire - 9

PICA posterior inferior cerebral artery

PID pelvic inflammatory disease

PIPJ proximal interphalangeal joint

PMH past medical history

PNES psychogenic nonepileptic spells

PNx partial nephrectomy

POAG primary open angle glaucoma

POD post-operative day

POE periodic oral evaluation

POM post-operative month

pop popliteal artery

Pos positive

POW post-operative week

PP pin prick

PPD pack per day

ppx prophylaxis

Premed antibiotic premedication

Prep preparation

PRRC Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center

PSP progressive supranuclear palsy

PSRP periodontal scaling and root planning

pt pint

PT partial thickness

PT posterior tibialis

PTA percutaneous transluminal angioplasty

PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder

PVD posterior vitreous detachment

PWB partial weight bearing

q every; per

q.a.m. every morning; every day before noon

q.h.s. every day at bedtime

q.i.d. 4 times a day

q.p.m. every evening; every day after noon

q.s. a sufficient quantity

q.w. every week

q12; q. 12 h.; q12° every 12 hours

q1-2; q. 1-2 h.; q1-2° every 1 to 2 hours

qt quart

qty. quantity

R right

RAA renal artery aneurysm

RAS renal artery stenosis

RBUS renal bladder ultrasound

RC radiocephalic

RCP radical cystoprostatectomy

RCR rotator cuff repair

RCT root canal therapy

REI reproductive endocrinology and infertility

RHC right hemicolectomy

RIS responding to internal stimuli

RLE right lower extremity

RLL right lower lid

RLL right lower lobe

RLS restless legs syndrome

RML right middle lobe

ROH removal of hardware

ROM range of motion

RPD removable partial denture

RPGN rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis

RPR rapid plasma reagent

RRP radical prostatectomy

RSBD REM sleep behavior disorder

RTC return to clinic

RTSA reverse total shoulder arthroplasty

RUE right upper extremity

RUL right upper lid

RUL right upper lobe

Rx prescription

s&s signs and symptoms

s. without

S/P status post

SAD sub-acromial decompression

SAH subarachnoid hemorrhage

SARRTP Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program

SBP systolic blood pressure

SBRT stereotactic body radiation treatment

SC subcutaneous

SCD sequential compression device

SFA superficial femoral artery

SGA second generation antipsychotic

SHPTH secondary hyperparathyroidism

SI suicidal ideation

SIADH syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone

sig. write; label

SIS saline infusion sonohystogram

SL; s.l. sublingually; under the tongue

SLAP superior labrum anterior posterior

SLUMS St. Louis University Mental Status

SM submucosal

SMA superior mesenteric artery

SNRI serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor

SO salpingoophorectomy

SOB shortness of breath

sol. solution

SPT suprapubic tube

SQ subcutaneous

SRI serotonin reuptake inhibitor

SS subserosal

SSN social security number

SSRI selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor

stat. immediately

STD sexually transmitted disease

STI sexually transmitted infection

STJ subtalar joint

SubQ subcutaneous

SUD substance use disorder

supp. suppository

susp. suspension

SW social work

Sx surgery

syr. syrup

SZ seizure

T&C tenotomy and capsulotomy

t.i.d. 3 times a day

tab. tablet

tabs tablets

TAD take as directed

TAH total abdominal hysterectomy

TBI traumatic brain injury

TBM thin basement membrane disease

tbsp tablespoon

TCA tricyclic antidepressant

TcPO2 transcutaneous partial pressure of oxygen

TCVC tunneled central venous catheter

TD tardive dyskinesia

TFR trigger finger release

THA total hip arthroplasty

TIA transient ischemic attack

TKA total knee arthroplasty

TL tubal ligation

TLH total laparoscopic hysterectomy

TMA transmetatarsal amputation

TMJ temporal mandibular joint

top. topical

troch. lozenge

TRUS transrectal ultrasound

TSA total shoulder arthroplasty

tsp teaspoon

TURBT transurethral resection of bladder tumor

TURP transurethral resection of the prostate

TVH total knee arthroplasty

u.d. as directed

UC urothelial carcinoma

UDS urine drug screen

UE upper extremity

UFH unfractionated heparin

UMN upper motor neuron

ung. ointment

URS ureteroscopy

US ultrasound

USMC US Marine Corps


as directed

UTI urinary tract infection

V vomiting

VA vertebral artery

VA visual acuity

VAS visual analogue scale

VATS video assisted thoracoscopic surgery

VBI vertebral basilar insufficiency

VDRL venereal disease research lab test

VED vacuum erection device

VRQ Veteran's Restoration Quarters

VS vibration sensation

w. with

w/f with food; with meals

w/o without

WNL within normal limits

WP wet prep

WWP warm and well-perfused

XR extended-release

XRT radiation therapy

07/14/20/ WNC MOAA/ Business/

Charles George VA Medical Center


Keeping Personnel and Patients Safe at Veterans Affairs

Shout Out: The linked article includes 3 out of 4 of its photos from our facility and most of the content is an interview that Veterans Affairs and Military Medicine Outlook did with our Jill Earwood and her colleague. It is a powerful testament to VA’s commitment to patient and staff safety. We are very fortunate to have this important technology that captures the spirit of a No Lift Culture. VA is very far ahead of the private sector in this regard. Researchers from a prestigious academic medical center recently reached out to Jill about use of one aspect of our available technology, again demonstrating how far ahead all we are!


Annually, VA does a 2K to promote to support homeless Veterans through donations. This year’s VA2K will be virtual and we look forward to your participation! We encourage Volunteers, Veterans, and community members to get outdoors, get some sunshine, and exercise by walking, hiking, rolling or running a 2K. Or consider a YouTube video like Sit and Be Fit . There are lots of ways to participate!

Share photos of your healthy activity done for VA2K! Participate for your health & wellness and support homeless Veterans! Please see the Asheville VA Facebook page to donate to our Veteran population at the eDonate button or visit WNC VA Health Care System's Giving page to donate.

Please RSVP to the Facebook Event or email Angela Catania so that we are able to track participation.

06/27/20/ WNC MOAA/ COVID-19 News/

June 12 update on C&P Exams

Veteran Leaders,

We previously advised that VBA’s contract medical disability examination vendors are resuming in-person exams in 20 areas across the country. In addition, we have added 64 other areas of the country. These additional areas are within 38 states and address 54% of VBA’s pending exam inventory. This includes 68 of the 127 military treatment facility sites (listed in download at right). Vendors will begin scheduling and completing pending in-person exams in these areas as soon as possible. These exams must be held according to the COVID-19 screening, personal protective equipment, sanitation, and distancing requirements prescribed by VBA. We expect to continue expanding our in-person exam capacity in the coming weeks as we monitor conditions and will update you as we make progress.

For more information on the areas where VBA has resumed in-person exams go here. Please note that this website (if you scroll down past the map) also has helpful tips for Veterans regarding what to expect when they go to an exam, including some YouTube videos pertaining to specific types of exams. This will help set expectations for the forensic nature (versus treatment focused) nature of the exams.

06/15/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Passing of Toni Casciato

In Loving Memory of Toni Casciato, First Lady of the Museum, June 27, 1953 - May 17, 2020

Toni Casciato passed away on May 17, 2020.

She brought creativity, tireless work, positive energy, her beautiful smile and her joyful laugh to the museum and everywhere she went.

05/20/20/ WNC MOAA/ Personal/

VBA Education Service consolidating to two Regional Processing Offices by October 1, 2020

Dear Veteran Leaders,

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration’s, Education Service is reallocating the resources of its St. Louis Regional Processing Office (RPO) and redistributing its workload to the Buffalo RPO. This transition will not impact GI Bill students or the educational institutions they attend.

No action is required from the Veteran or dependent using his or her education benefits. Educational institutions will continue to submit enrollment certifications and changes to enrollment to VA. The only change will be the office where the claim is processed. No disruption in service is expected to take place as a result of these changes.

The transition to two offices (Muskogee and Buffalo) processing education claims will improve timeliness, quality, service and operational efficiency for GI Bill students and stakeholders. All impacted St. Louis RPO staff will be given the opportunity to seek employment with the Veteran Service Center in St. Louis or continue with Education Service in Buffalo or Muskogee. There is no impact to the overall FTE levels within education claims processing only a jurisdictional change. This transition will also enhance benefit administration and the beneficiary experience for those with and seeking disability claims as additional staffing resources will shift to the St. Louis Veterans Service Center.

St. Louis RPO workload will begin to transition to the Buffalo RPO in the coming months through a phased approach. By October 1, 2020, the St. Louis RPO will no longer support Education claims processing and all staff will have transitioned. In the interim, Education Service will provide updates as necessary to students, schools and stakeholders.

If you are aware of any GI Bill Beneficiaries who require assistance, please have them contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday to speak with a representative.

Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D.

Under Secretary for Benefits

For more information:

Michael (Mike) Stoddard

VBA Veteran Organization Liaison

Under Secretary for Benefits

Department of Veterans Affairs

Email: michael.stoddard2@va.gov

Office Phone: 202-461-9079

Mobile: (202) 891-9168

05/18/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

The Education Call Center (ECC) now has a dedicated phone line for GI Bill beneficiaries

The Education Call Center (ECC) now has a dedicated phone line for GI Bill beneficiaries who are a surviving spouse or child of an active duty Servicemember who died in the line of duty and need assistance with their education benefits.

Starting today, May 11, 2020, a child or surviving spouse can contact the ECC at 1-888-442-4551 and select Option 5. The ECC is available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

05/11/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

VA kicks off online campaign emphasizing mental health support

Goal is to build awareness of resources available to Veterans

WASHINGTON — In recognition of Mental Health Month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the launch of the “Now Is the Time” campaign.

The focus is on getting Veterans the support they need from family and friends through professional mental health treatment.

“As VA’s health care environment continues to evolve, the department is working to serve as many Veterans as possible by reaching Veterans where they are, said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This May, VA encourages everyone to explore Mental Health Month resources at MakeTheConnection.net/MHM. Veterans and their families can help themselves or someone they love learn about the support that can improve their lives.”

Read the entire article here. Also available in PDF format to the right.

05/11/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/
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