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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

Posted: 08/02/20 15:21 by WNC MOAA under "COVID-19 News"

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.

Posted: 06/27/20 12:42 by WNC MOAA under "COVID-19 News"

Suspension of Group Gatherings (ongoing)

10 March 2020

Blue Ridge Honor Flights suspended until further notice.

12 March 2020

Buncombe County Veterans Council (BCVC) : April BCVC meetings - remote only

15 March 2020


We Honor Veterans pinning ceremonies suspended

Four Seasons Volunteer Services will notify WNC MOAA President when pinning ceremonies will resume – stand by for updates

16 March 2020

VRQ Teams meal prep and serve activities are suspended – stand by for updates.

16 March 2020

Haywood County Veterans Council (HCVC) April meeting will be held remotely.

18 March 2020

MOAA Smoky Mountain Satellite Event scheduled in Franklin for 7 April 2020 was canelled. As the coronavirus is mitigated, we shall establish a new date, time and location and proceed to "Never Stop Serving!"

David E McCracken



Posted: 04/13/20 20:36 by WNC Webmaster under "COVID-19 News"

VA Loan Information

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