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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The spread of COVID-19 is an international emergency, and a pandemic of this magnitude requires potentially dramatic measures to combat.  Fortunately, our Veterans are used to stepping up in times of great national need, and have performed heroically throughout our history when the nation needed them.  Today is no different.  As our teams take further steps to combat COVID-19, our facilities will continue to reduce non-emergency appointments and visitations in order to minimize Veterans’ potential exposure.  This may be different for each facility and for different Veteran populations, but it ultimately boils down to this:  Veterans’ VA care will remain excellent, but it may be delivered in a different way, or by a different team for a short period of time.  This may mean that an appointment to refill a prescription may be conducted via telemedicine, or the actual medicine may be mailed to the Veteran instead of picked up at the pharmacy.  We recognize that this may be a challenge for some Veterans, and that change can be difficult especially when it comes to new technology, but our staff is here to help, and we have every confidence that our Veterans are up to the task.  These challenging times may require some sacrifices to be made by some Veterans, but I know that they, like our teams, will carry this burden in the national interest with honor.
Please share the access VA care from home flyer attached and information below to your members.
Latest video from Dr. Stone:  https://bcove.video/2UcAj2F **new**
Latest VHA guidance for Community Providers:  https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/providers/Latest_news.asp **new**
Latest VHA FAQs:  https://www.va.gov/coronavirus-veteran-frequently-asked-questions/
Latest VHA guidance:  https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/index.asp
Latest Vantage Point entry:  https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72757/secretary-va-ready-for-covid-19-pandemic/
Latest CDC Guidance:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Latest social media entries (if any, from SecVA, USHVHA, or @DeptVetAffairs):
https://twitter.com/DeptVetAffairs/status/1240707304774717440?s=20 and
https://twitter.com/USHVHA/status/1240669447247081472?s=20 and
https://twitter.com/SecWilkie/status/1239635837840752640?s=20
Please follow VHA on social media channels as well:
https://www.facebook.com/VeteransHealth and
https://twitter.com/VeteransHealth
Finally, please emphasize to your members that we are asking Veterans to call their VA medical center before going to an appointment if they are experiencing any symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, sneezing, coughing, or fever.  Calling first helps us protect you, medical staff, and other patients. We are also strictly limiting the number of visitors to one per patient.
Message from Veterans Health Administration
Click here for Veteran Resources for COVID-19.


Toxic Exposure Town Hall - Milwaukee County War Memorial UPDATE

The WSC Toxic Exposure Team will facilitate a Toxic Exposure Town Hall at the Milwaukee County War Memorial scheduled for March 28, 2020.  Has been postponed due to the health emergency brought about by COVID-19.

The Town Hall has Been re-scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2020, beginning at 10:00 am.

This Town Hall will be at NO COST and FREE PARKING (Handicapped street parking is located in front of the War Memorial) and is aimed at: 
•  the children and grandchildren of Vietnam Era veterans and their spouses,
•  post-Vietnam veterans and their families, and
•  Post 9/11 (Southwest Asia) Iraq and Afghanistan service members, veterans and families.

The Toxic Exposure Team will help focus on issues related to: dioxin exposure, herbicide and pesticide exposure, burn pits, oil fires, infections, embedded toxic fragments, depleted uranium (DU), contaminated water, and more.

You can get additional information and register by clicking on Town Hall at the War Memorial or goto Eventbrite.com and indicate Toxic Exposure Town Hall Meeting and if asked November 14, 2020.  Please click here for a flyer.  

Wisconsin Honary Life Memberships Submitted to VVA

The following Honorary Life Memberships were submitted and received by VVA from VVA Chapter 101: Patrick Testin, Scott Krug, Nancy VanderMeer, and Katrina Shankland.

Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness and Zero – The End of Prostate Cancer. 

Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness (VPCa) www.vetsprostate.org  and ZERO – the End of Prostate Cancer (ZERO) www.zerocancer.org are teaming up to address the startling prevalence of prostate cancer in the Veteran population. While the cause of this increase in cancer incidence is unknown its a theory that exposure to various occupational hazards are the culprit. The long term exposure to radar radiation, chemicals on the flight decks and flight lines, handling of depleted uranium, and combat stress are all suspects. As it will take decades to determine a “cause” it’s important to make all personnel aware of the importance of early and consistent screening for prostate cancer and other disease states. The mission of VPCa is to raise awareness of prostate cancer while helping educate the nations Veteran population about prostate cancer in general. ZERO is the leading patient advocacy organization in the US with an expertise unmatched in education and raising awareness about the disease. The new partnership is a natural combination of talents and resources focused on the... (Read more)

VVA Releases Massive Report On Foreign Entities
Targeting Veterans Online

Today Vietnam Veterans of America made public the results of a two-year investigation into foreign entities targeting servicemembers, veterans, and their families online. VVA’s 191-page document, posted at vva.org/trollreport, details how foreign trolls target the military and veterans community for the purposes of sowing discord in our democracy, perpetrating financial fraud, and spreading anti-American propaganda. The report also includes evidence of... (Read more).

Tomah VA Residential Combat PTSD Program-Tomah, Wisconsin

The Tomah VA Residential Combat PTSD Program staff sent information about the program that will benefit all Veterans dealing with PTSD and related PTSD issues in their lives.  Read more about the program, check out their videos including their virtual tour, and if you feel the urge contact information is available. 

Vietnam Veterans Liver Fluke Study

On May 7, 2019, Representative Lee Zeldin (NY) introduced H.R. 2568, the Vietnam Veterans Liver Fluke Cancer Study Act.

This bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in consultation with the Director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention of the Department of Health and Human Services, to conduct an epidemiological study on the prevalence of cholangiocarcinoma in veterans of the Vietnam era.  H.R. 2568 would require the Secretary to provide a report of the study within one year of completion.

Please click on Liver Fluke to get a message to your Congressman. 


Announcements are dated, removed after ten (10) business days.  
VVA Chapters or AVVA members who have a Special Announcement please send to VVA WSC Secretary.


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VetsNet

Are you seeking Veteran or Veterans Family information or resources in Wisconsin?  
Please check into the many resources offered Veterans and Veterans Families
through the
Wisconsin Veterans Network or VetsNet.


Check out these Toxic Exposure websites.  Additionally, go to the WSC Commitiees tab, specifically information on Agent Orange/Toxic Exposures.




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