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VA COALITION MARCH 2015 MEETING

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The VA Coalition will hold it’s monthly meeting for March on: MONDAY, 30TH MARCH @ 7:00PM at the South Regional Library Location off Johnston St. in Lafayette. 

 

During the meeting we will discuss:  

-announcements of our new CBOC location and its ”shovel–ready time” to start building.

-details and location of the 5000 square feet of healthcare space off-campus to supplement the present overcrowded conditions at the present CBOC

 

Meetings last 60-90 minutes.
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 second to last Thursday of the month unless stated otherwise.
All public is invited and you are urged to bring a friend.

Hope to see you there!!!

 

 

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VA Coalition February 2015 Meeting

Coming Up

The VA Coalition will hold its monthly meeting for February on:

26 February 2015 @ 7:00pm at the South Regional Library location in Lafayette off Johnston St.

Meetings last 60-90 minutes.
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 second to last Thursday of the month unless stated otherwise.
All public is invited and you are urged to bring a friend.

During this meeting we will discuss
-the current status of the long delayed CBOC

Some members of the VA Advisory Board visited Alexandria on Wed. Feb. 4th & spoke with the acting director Jimmy Murphy & deputy director Yolanda Jackson. There will be a report on this meeting during our public VA Coalition meeting.

-correspondences with National Secretary McDonald in DC
*VA Co-chair Skip Palmintier sent a letter to Secretary McDonald. Secretary McDonald responded to the letter and a conference call as held. This call will also be discussed during our public meeting.

The successful bidder for the new CBOC will be awarded by 27 Feb.
(hopefully before).

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The Friends of the Military Hall of Fame & Museum Skeet Shoot

Louisiana Military Museum and Hall of Fame Skeet Shoot:

The Friends of the Military Hall of Fame & Museum will be hosting its annual Skeet Shoot for Veterans on February 14, 2015 at G.O.L. Shooting range on Hwy 167 in Maurice, La.

Flight starts at 9 am. Be there 1 hour prior to flight time.

How you can help:
Team Sponsor $500.00: includes 1 team of 4 shooters, receive hat at registration, lunch and refreshments provided, visit with veterans.

Sponsor a Station $200.00: Your company name will be shown as a sponsor.

Donate a cook team: to cook for all the participants and enjoy the festivities

Donate an auction item: live auction at 11:00 am by Sheriff Mike Couvillon.

Prizes given for teams of 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Top Gun.

More information please contact Crystal @ 337-652-2751 or cmouton73@yahoo.com

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Carencro Veterans Memorial Bricks

Below is the information for anyone interested in purchasing a brick for the Carencro Veterans Memorial:

“We’re excited to announce that we are very close to filling a third additional square of commemorative bricks in the memorial plaza. Once these last few bricks are sold, we’ll be able to plan the second phase installation. Two of these three additional squares are filled, and the third has just a few spaces remaining.”

If you’ve been thinking about buying an engraved brick, now’s the time! Gets your order in before this ordering phase closes, and your brick can be installed with the next group

For more information, contact Gwen at 886-7002 or Candy at 886-7003 .

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Living Legends

Living Legends:

The Acadian Museum, 203 South Broadway, Erath, Louisiana honors the memory of local veterans in its museum.

At the front door stand the busts Vermillion Parish veterans Brandon Dronet, Iraq war veteran, and Vietnam Veteran Farrell Vice .Inductees include Phillip Andrepont, James Bollich, Gary Edmondson , Lt General Russell Honore, and former Govenor Edwin Edwards.

To visit the museum or for more information, info@acadianmuseum.com (337) 233-5832 or http://www.acadianmuseum.com/museum.html.

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WW2 Tribute Tour

WW II Tribute Tour:

American Legion Post 69, 1501 Surrey St, Lafayette, La, is hosting an second bus tour to the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. The bus will leave from Post 69 and return later that day.

The event will be in the spring of 2015.
WW II veterans are encouraged to participate. The tour includes transportation to and from the museum, and a complimentary lunch.

If you are a WWII veteran and would like to join Post 69 on this tour, please contact John Rougeau at (337) 233-3296 or 371-5434 or vetmom01@aol.com .

You must be registered in advance in order to participate

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Information for Veterans: As Seen in Veteran’s News

Information for Veterans: As seen in Veteran’s News
Written by: Veteran, Lloyd King

82nd Airborne Association Meeting: 11 a.m. first Saturday at Holy Cross Church, Building C, 505 Broadmoor Blvd. at the intersection of Broadmoor Boulevard and Robley Drive Contact: Randy Vidrine, 288-2730.

Vietnam Veterans: If you served in the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty (for other than training purposes) in the Republic of Vietnam between Feb. 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between Aug. 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975 and would like to part of a Band of Brothers who continue to serve, please contact John Rougeau at 337-371-5434 or vetmom01@aol.com.

Therapeutic recreation program

Lafayette Parks and Recreation has started a program for individuals ages 21 and older who cannot participate in mainstream recreation  due to a disability or limitation. Whether a person is missing a limb or suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, we would like them to join us for socialization and/or leisure activities.

TR — Therapeutic Recreation — Social Time takes place at the Domingue Recreation Center, 901 Mudd Ave. every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This program is free. Information: Contact Denise at 337-291-8127 or dferguson@lafayettela.gov

 

Louisiana Military Hall of Fame

The Military Hall of Fame, 911 Revis Sirmon Loop, Abbeville (at the Chris Crusta Memorial Airport).

The mission of the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum is to honor and celebrate military veterans of Louisiana. Exhibits include Higgins boats, jeeps, helicopters. Admission is free.

Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Group tours are welcome, but please call ahead or email us to schedule tours of 10 or more.

Information: 337-898-9645.

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Vitter and Boustany Urge VA Secretary McDonald to Visit Louisiana

Charles BoustanyFebruary 2, 2015:

Vitter and Boustany Urge VA Secretary McDonald to Visit Louisiana

(Washington, DC) – Senator David Vitter (R-Metairie) and Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) sent a letter to Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald today expressing concerns about the VA’s continued mistreatment of Louisiana veterans, raising questions about the Department’s procedures issuing construction deadlines for veterans’ health clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles, and urging the Secretary to visit these sites.

Vitter and Boustany wrote to McDonald: “Louisiana veterans have repeatedly been subject to unacceptable treatment by the VA. Amid mounting concerns of inappropriate practices within your agency, and specifically within VISN 16, we urge you to visit veterans in our state so they may have the opportunity to directly express their concerns to you and hear your plans to improve VA operations in Louisiana.”

The full text of the letter Vitter and Boustany sent to Secretary McDonald follows.

Dear Secretary McDonald:

We write to invite you to visit Louisiana with the purpose of meeting with local veterans and directly responding to their concerns regarding the poor quality of treatment and services they receive from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Louisiana veterans have repeatedly been subject to unacceptable treatment by the VA. Specifically, staff of Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 16 admitted last year to inappropriately denying claims for veterans’ emergency medical care. According to VISN 16 staff, the majority of these denials are a result of staff forcing providers to repeatedly mail medical records, then falsely claiming those records were not received. In some cases, these inappropriate delays caused significant damage to veterans’ credit ratings when providers were forced to bill veterans directly for compensation of services.

After VISN 16 admitted these failures, the Louisiana Congressional Delegation sent you a letter requesting detailed information about how the VA plans mitigate the backlog of veterans’ emergency medical care claims and improve VA practices in Louisiana. Though the letter was mailed to you on September 18, 2014, it remains unanswered. Veterans deserve to have their concerns about this inappropriate behavior addressed.

Unfortunately, this was not the last we heard of VISN 16’s inappropriate practices. When staff members from the VA’s Chief Business Office were sent to Louisiana to meet and discuss the backlog of emergency medical care claims with stakeholders in November 2014, it was discovered that VISN 16 had refused to process large amounts of veterans’ appeals, leaving thousands of related documents and letters either unfiled or unsent. These actions effectively deprive veterans of their due process rights and further contribute to the VA’s poor reputation in Louisiana.

In addition to inappropriate treatment from VA staff, our veterans also face hardships due to limited availability of health care resources. Specifically in South Louisiana, veterans have been waiting years for an enlarged community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) in Lafayette and a new CBOC in Lake Charles to meet their continued health care needs. Initial authorization for these clinics fell through in early 2012 after bureaucratic errors within the VA caused the projects to be scrapped. As you know, these clinics were reauthorized as part of P.L. 113-146, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, enacted last August. Though leases are scheduled to be awarded in late-February 2015, we have already learned that the original construction timelines provided to our offices by the VA will be delayed by almost a year for each CBOC.

We have been informed the reason for the delays is that the construction bids submitted all followed similar, extended timelines because experts advised the original timelines provided by the VA were unrealistic for these projects. The VA’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs explained that the updated timelines were discussed shortly after the CBOCs were reauthorized in August 2014, and the solicitations for offers (SFO) for each facility were amended to include the extended timelines in September 2014. We want to be clear that we trust construction experts’ opinions on this matter. However, we are disturbed the VA amended the SFOs for these facilities without formally notifying stakeholders in a timely manner. In the future, we request the VA notify our Congressional offices directly, and immediately, of all issues related to the Lafayette and Lake Charles CBOCs.

This letter touches on just a few of the problems that have caused trust issues between Louisiana veterans and the VA. We are aware the Veterans Action Coalition of Southwest Louisiana has asked you to travel to Louisiana and meet with local veterans to discuss their serious issues with the VA. Amid mounting concerns of inappropriate practices within your agency, and specifically within VISN 16, we urge you to visit veterans in our state so they may have the opportunity to directly express their concerns to you and hear your plans to improve VA operations in Louisiana.

Thank you for considering this request. We look forward to your timely response.

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VA COALITION JANUARY 2015 MEETING

Please mark your calendars!! Our next VA Coalition meeting for JANUARY 2015 will be held on:

THURSDAY, 22ND JANUARY 2015  at the South Regional Library Branch Location in Lafayette off Johnston St.7:00pm

During this meeting the Coalition will discuss:

-the current status of the long delayed CBOC

-the current status of medical care at the present Lafayette, & Lake Charles CBOC’s and the medical complex in Alexandria

-correspondences with National Secretary McDonald in DC

-the Lafayette Central Park Veteran’s Memorial Foundation

-the Lafayette Parish Government Support for Veterans

-Q &A

-Discussion on the general aspects of cancers in men

-Reel Recovery Retreat

(For more information on this retreat please contact Dr. Skip Palmintier)

 

Meetings last 60-90 minutes.

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 second to last Thursday of the month unless stated otherwise.

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

Hope to see you there. mark_your_calendar_graphic

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Lafayette VA Clinic Closure

The air conditioner in the Lafayette clinic had a short circuit which caused smoke damage.  Because of this, the clinic will be closed today (1/15)  and likely tomorrow( 1/16).  It is expected that the clinic will reopen on Tuesday ( 1/20) but until assessments are complete a final decision cannot be made.

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LCG is at the facility now assessing damage and a team from Alexandria is on their way.  The VA will keep all appointments by providing transportation to the Jennings or Alexandria facility where patients will see their primary care physician.