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VA COALITION JULY 2015 MEETING!!!

Our Veterans Action Coalition will hold the July meeting THIS THURSDAY, 23 July.

The meeting will be held @ the Lafayette Southside Library, 1900 hours, that’s 7 PM. Meetings last between 60-90 minutes.

We will have three guest speakers. Chad Leger, candidate for sheriff will speak for seven minutes.
**Please note the Coalition does not endorse any candidate as they have all been invited.**

We will have both Jimmy Murphy Acting Director from VA Alexandria, & Fernando Rivera Director of VA New Orleans, who is also the Acting Director of VISN 16, to update us on both Campus A & B.

That is the new approved CBOC to be built on Amb. Caffery Parkway & the additional space promised to us by Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson during his visit on 23 February of this year.

All public is invited to attend and you are urged to bring a friend

Meetings are held the SECOND to LAST THURSDAY of the month unless stated otherwise.

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DAV Framework for Building a Better VA

DAV Framework For Building a Better VA (click link for article)

 

As mentioned in our message last week, we propose a new framework to meet the needs of America’s veterans based on rebuilding, restructuring, realigning and reforming the VA health care system.  We have received numerous comments from our first alert, some with very positive comments and experiences with VA that illustrate that the VA health care system is capable of improving the lives of ill and injured veterans.  However, we also received some comments that clearly showed areas that are in dire need of improvement.  DAV believes all veterans who seek care in the VA should have a positive health care experience, which can only happen with a robust VA health care system that is capable of providing timely, high quality health care when needed by eligible veterans, both inside VA and in the community. Our proposed reforms are intended to ensure VA can provide that kind of care.

VA needs to rebuild and sustain its internal capacity to provide timely, high-quality health care. This begins with a long-term strategy to recruit, hire and retain sufficient clinical staff at all facilities to meet the needs of all enrolled veterans. In addition, VA must secure the funding to implement a long-term strategy to repair, maintain, relocate and expand, as necessary, usable treatment space to maximize access points where veterans can receive care.  VA must build on temporary initiatives implemented last year by permanently extending hours of operation outside traditional working hours.  It also should strengthen its research programs to prepare for veterans’ future health care needs.  In addition, academic affiliations support the teaching and research programs for future staffing and recruitment, and improve the quality of VA care.

VA needs to restructure and consolidate all non-VA care programs, into a single integrated Extended Care Network. A single program means VA remains accountable for the health care, whether delivered by VA or by a community provider. It would guarantee non-VA health care is coordinated. Consolidation would provide comprehensive access instead of simply giving veterans a payment card. Restructuring will require VA to complete the research and analysis related to the “choice” program.  Based on research and data, VA must develop an integrated Extended Care Network which incorporates the best features of fee-basis, contract care, ARCH, PC3, “choice,” and other purchased care programs.  However, this will only work if Congress provides a single, separate and guaranteed funding mechanism.  To be veteran-centric, VA must establish a new clinically based access policy. In addition, VA must develop an appropriate and effective decision mechanism that ensures that veterans who need medical care are able to access the extended care network, and make rapid decisions to ensure they gain access quickly.

VA must realign and expand its health care services to meet the diverse needs of all generations of veterans, beginning with new urgent care and extended operating hours. Like any large health care system, VA should provide walk-in capability.  Urgent care services could be delivered in existing facilities, or smaller urgent care clinics situated in new locations.   It should give veterans the ability to self-schedule appointments through web and app-based programs and expand web-based and tele-medicine options to reach rural veterans. It should also eliminate barriers and expand services to ensure that women veterans gain equal access to high quality, gender-specific, holistic, and preventative care. VA must also rebalance long-term care services to provide greater access to home- and community-based services, including expanding support for caregivers of veterans from all generations.

VA must reform its management culture through increased transparency and accountability. It should implement a new, transparent multi-year budgeting process that tracks funding and ties it to health outcomes. This approach is already working for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and legislation is pending in Congress to bring the same program to VA.  Another improvement would be to establish new performance standards for VA leaders and employees that focus on veteran-centric outcomes. VA should modernize and streamline hiring and human resources policies to more effectively compete with the private sector and other federal agencies. VA must reform and strengthen its Patient Advocate program to achieve greater independence from VA facility leadership and greater authority to cut through barriers and perform their duties to ensure that veterans receive timely, high-quality medical care services. Finally, VA must hold all of its employees – from the Secretary to receptionists – to the highest standards, while balancing the need to make the VA an employer of choice among federal agencies and the private sector.

The framework outlined here offers a new pathway that could lead toward a more responsive and better managed system. DAV is convinced that the VA health care system must be the centerpiece of how our nation delivers health care to America’s wounded, injured and ill veterans.

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A Letter From David LaCerte

 

State VA Looking For Bids for Clinic

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VA COALITION JUNE 2015 MEETING

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Next VA Coalition Meeting: JUNE 2015

THURSDAY 25 JUNE 2015 7:00pm at the South Regional Library Branch off Johnston St.

*Meetings are normally held the 2ND TO LAST THURS. of the month unless stated otherwise.

Meetings last 60-90 mins and are not limited to only Veterans.

We will have updates on both our new soon to be built CBOC.

Please note that these meetings are not only limited to Veterans but all concerned for the healthcare of Veterans.
These meetings are very beneficial to Veterans, their families, friends, etc.

All public is invited and you are urged to bring a friend.
Hope to see you there!!!

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ACADIANA CANE CUTTERS MILITARY NIGHT

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The Acadiana Cane Cutters Baseball Team will be hosting a Military Appreciation Night on SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2015 7:00PM.

The event will take place at Fabacher Field in Youngsville.

Please see flier for more details on this event.

Anyone interested in obtaining tickets for the event may call : 337-451-6582 and the tickets will be available at Will Call.

Additional family tickets outside the 5 immediate family members may be purchased for $4.00 each.

Active Military and Veterans will have a chance to win prizes, including a tv.

 

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FAMILY MAY FEST 22ND MAY 2015

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FAMILY MAY FEST 

22ND MAY 2015 FRIDAY

Family May Fest is a Memorial Weekend Family Event to honor Veterans and the Veteran’s families of Acadiana’s fallen heroes.

The event will kick off w/free live Cajun Music provided by Geno Delafose & the French Rockin Boogie & T’Monde. There will be plenty of BBQ & boiled crawfish available, In addition there will also be plenty of activities for the kids including: fun jumps, water wars, a kick ball tournament, face painting , etc.

At 7:00pm there will be a special tribute ceremony honoring the families of Acadiana’s fallen Veteran’s along with opportunities for the community to volunteer & help out our Veterans by signing up to participate in an initiative to provide rides to help Veterans get to their doctors appointments.

There will also be a raffle held that will help raise funds to train a rescue dog to become a service therapy dog for an Acadiana Veteran suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

It will be a fun family event and a chance to give back and honor Acadiana’s heroes.

Hope to see you there!

WANT TO GO?

The event will be held:

FRIDAY 22nd May 2015 (TONIGHT)
5:00PM-9:00PM
FABACHER FIELD
221 LA NEUVILLE RD. , LAFAYETTE

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VA COALITION APRIL 2015 MEETING

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PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR COALITION MEETING FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL.

The meeting will be held TOMORROW EVENING at 7:00pm.
It will be held at THE SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARY BRANCH LOCATION, located off Johnston St. in Lafayette.

Meetings last 60-90 minutes.

During this meeting we will:
-hear from special guest speaker, Mark Bologna from VA Disability Claims Office in New Orleans

In addition we will also:
-have updates on both our new soon to be built CBOC and the additional space authorized by Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson.

-Interim VAMC Alexandria Jimmy Murphy will also be planning on attending to give us the latest updates.

Please note that these meetings are not only limited to Veterans but all concerned for the healthcare of Veterans.
These meetings are very beneficial to Veterans, their families, friends, etc.

Meetings are normally held on the 2ND TO LAST THURSDAY of the month unless stated otherwise.

Please mark your calendar for our May and June 2015 meetings which will be held:
TUESDAY, MAY 26TH 2015
THURSDAY, JUNE 25TH 2015

All public is invited and you are urged to bring a friend.
Hope to see you there!!!

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HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!!!

 

 
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HELP SPREAD THE WORD…

Please help us by spreading the word about the Coalition and our efforts in obtaining better healthcare for our Veteran’s.

Our coalition is not only limited to Veterans but family members, and friends of Veterans as well as concerned citizens regarding Veterans and their healthcare.

If you know anyone who would be interested in our Coalition please share our Facebook page with them as well as our website.

To learn more about The Veterans Action Coalition of South Louisianaplease visit our Facebook page and our website at www.vacoalition.com

“They fought for us, now it’s time to fight for them”…

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UPCOMING MEETING DATES

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Below are the Upcoming Meeting Dates for the Veteran’s Action Coalition.

All meetings will be held at the South Regional Branch Library Location, located off Johnston St. @ 7:00pm

Meetings last 60-90 minutes.
All public is invited to attend. Please note these meetings are not only limited to Veterans, but everyone who is concerned about Veterans and their healthcare.
Meetings are normally held the SECOND TO LAST THURSDAY of the month unless stated otherwise.
As it gets closer I will have details for the meetings as who will be speaking and such. Hope to see you there!
THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD 2015
TUESDAY, MAY 26TH 2015
THURSDAY, JUNE 25TH 2015
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VETERANS ACTION COALITION MARCH 2015 MEETING

 

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Our March meeting  will be MONDAY 30TH MARCH @ 7:00PM , at the LAFAYETTE SOUTH REGIONAL BRANCH LIBRARY LOCATION BRANCH located off Johnston St.
Jimmy Murphy, Acting Director VA Alexandria will be our guest to give the details of our CBOC award to Johnson Development LLC.
As you may already know the location will be on Amb. Caffery across from Walmart.
All public is invited and urged to attend.
Please note: These meetings are not only limited to Veterans
Meetings last 60-90 minutes
Hope to see you there!!