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.

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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Trump signs landmark veterans health care bill named for SEAL Team 6 leader

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement after President Trump signed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, into law. 

“This legislation moves America closer to a goal that all citizens can support: increasing the local resources available to our men and women who answered the call to defend this Nation. This law will expand mental health care services at VA facilities and at the same time provide grants to make it easier for Veterans to access non-VA resources in their communities. 

“Care in the community is a critical component of our effort to end Veteran suicide. About 60 percent of the Veterans who die by suicide aren’t getting care from VA, so it’s vital we do all we can to offer intervention and care to Veterans where they live. This bill takes a strong and meaningful step in that direction.” Read more

Study: Different emotions may drive male, female Veterans to attempt suicide

A new VA study finds that men and women are harboring different thoughts in the moments before they decide to die by suicide. “Women feel personally like they are not worth anything, and men feel like the world has sort of let them down,” says the lead author, Dr. Lauren Denneson. (Photo for illustrative purposes only: ©iStock/tommaso79)

The findings appeared online in the journal Social Science & Medicine in September 2020.

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MCA Newsgram – September 23rd 2020

This week’s Newsgram covers a wide swath of topics, and the first is the release of the new Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1300.17, Religious Liberty in the Military Services. If you have not yet read it, I commend it to you for doing so.

The second item is an update about the Veteran/Military Friendly Congregations (VMFC), a program we promote along with two of our strategic partners, Tennessee Vet to Vet Tennessee, and The Brotherhood of St. Andrew. In the past four week we have had five congregations join the program, Reid Temple AME Church, Glenn Dale, MD; Immanuel UCC, Lafayette, IN; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Del Mar, CA; All Saints Episcopal Church, Vista, CA and Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, San Diego, CA.

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Studies: Shame worsens outcomes for Vets with PTSD

In the Veteran community, PTSD is often associated with combat trauma. Witnessing a horrific  event like a deadly roadside bombing or the killing of a child can take an emotional toll on someone, causing that person to relive the event and feel angry, depressed, or distant.

Does shame—in which a person feels responsible for what happened and views himself or herself as a bad person—play a role in worsening the emotional and day-to-day struggles of someone with PTSD? Shame is a common symptom for those with PTSD.

Shame, one of the emotions associated with PTSD, may have an especially strong role in generating suicidal feelings, research suggests. VA researchers are exploring that question. To learn more about the studies please click here.

Effective June 6, 2019 Enhanced VA Options Under the MISSION Act

At VA, Veterans are at the center of everything we do. We are constantly working to make sure you know about the health care and benefits you have earned through your service to our country.

A new law, called the MISSION Act, strengthens VA’s ability to provide you with state-of-the-art care and services through a network of providers and cutting-edge technology. The law makes several enhancements to VA care that begin on June 6, 2019. Click here to find VA Urgent Care Clinics that have been approved by the VA.

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Transformation Haven Ministries enrolls in Veteran/Military Friendly Ministry

January 23, 2019 Transformation Haven Ministries Founder Selena Rider and six current residence attended Vet To Vet Tennessee’s (VTVT) officer meeting to present the Transformation Haven Ministries’ (THM) mission.    “A safe haven for women who battle addictions” in Monroe County Tennessee.  The THM mission is to maintain a 12-month discipleship program where women will live in a safe, stable home, at no cost to them, and receive the love and support they need to “Transform” their lives into the image of Christ…without addictions…and become productive members of society.

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When Women Veterans Return Home

VA offers many readjustment solutions

Letting go of your active duty lifestyle can be tough, especially after returning home. Are you wondering how you fit in with your family, friends and loved ones? Do you feel alone and isolated or that your relationships aren’t as close as they used to be? If so, VA offers a variety of services to help women Veterans readjust to life at home. Learn more.