1st Lt (ret) Marine Jack Lucus from Mississippi received Korean War Medal

Thanksgiving 2020. Vet to Vet Tennessee received a beautiful thank you email and photo from Korean War USMC Veteran 1st Lt. (ret.) Jack Lucus’ family on Thanksgiving Day.

“Thank you for such an incredible honor. Attached is a small number of my amazing family:

From left bottom row- Mikki Pyles PhD, (daughter) Recipient Jack Lucas 1st LT. (Ret), Betty Lucas (spouse); From left back row – Morgan Johnson(great granddaughter), Gavin Federowski (great grandson), Desiree’ Federowski, RN (granddaughter), and Mike Federowski (grandson in-law).”  Rachael Anne Witherspoon

Lt. Lucas served in Korea from 8 November 1953 until 17 January 1955.  He was awarded the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. Lt. Lucas honorably  served in the United States Marine Corps for 19 years, 6 months and 10 years.

Hoping all things that mean the most at Thanksgiving will stay with you throughout the year.  The smiles and love  shown in the picture says it all, Thank God for his blessings.

Welcome All Saints’ Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Lead Congregation to the VMFC network All Saints’ Episcopal Church, San Diego CA. Thank you Father Carlos Exposito and Lay Leader Barbara Wilder for joining our mission. Blessing to good health.

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

Postvention — VA offers support after suicide loss

Veterans have a significantly higher suicide rate than other adults in the U.S. This means Veterans are also more likely to have known someone who took their own life. Uniting for Suicide Postvention (USPV) helps make sense of a suicide loss. The program connects survivors with resources to help them work through powerful and unique emotions specific to this type of grief.

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When COV-19 vaccine comes, VA will be ready

Planning is underway at VA to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available. VA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a phased plan based on five core ethical pillars: safety, maximizing the benefit of the vaccine, equity, fairness and transparency.

Veteran and employee safety remain our #1 priority. The plan takes into consideration a number of risk factors, including risks of acquiring infection, severe illness and death if infected, and transmitting the disease, as well as the risk to essential workers, including health care personnel. Continue reading

Welcome St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Lead Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church of Yuma Arizona. Thank you Reverend Patricia Underkofler and Lay Leader Nancy Filbey for joining our mission. Blessing to good health.

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

Welcome St Mark’s Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Lead Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint Mark’s Episcopal of San Diego California. Thank you Reverend Hannah Wilder and Lay Leader Debbie Kistler for joining our mission. Blessing to good health.

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

Welcome St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

We are pleased to announce our newest Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation to the VMFC network, Saint Margaret’s Episcopal Church of Palm Desert California. Thank you Reverend Andrew Butler and Lay Leader Debbie Jansma for joining our mission. Blessing to good health.

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.

Service & Sacrifice: Peace medals for war veterans

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — An unexpected surprise from the government and the people of South Korea left one veteran of that war almost speechless. 

“It just filled my heart, it really did that they thought that much of us,” said Air Force veteran Charles Quagliana displaying his Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal.

The gold medal and purple ribbon are a tribute to American veterans of the three-year war in Korea from 1950-1953.   The medal once went to veterans who returned to Korea after the war as a “thank you” for their service.  But that effort has expanded to any veteran who served in that conflict, living or dead.

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Walmart reopens five VA telehealth access points after COVID-19 shutdown

Partnership initiative provides timely telehealth care to Veterans in rural areas

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced today five Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) sites in select Walmart stores have resumed clinical services to Veterans in rural areas.

VA suspended the operation of clinical services at all ATLAS sites, April 10, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and implement additional safety and infection control measures.

The reopened ATLAS sites give Veterans more options — allowing them to receive care without leaving their communities while offering the full privacy of a doctor’s office.

“The ATLAS initiative provides timely and convenient care to Veterans living in rural areas or with limited internet access,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Telehealth innovations are critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual appointments protect the safety and well-being of both our Veterans and providers.”

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