The highest recognition the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council (Council) and Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) can bestow on an individual is the Jospeh “JL” Tucker Memorial Award. The award was presented to the former Associate Chief of Staff Mental Health Dr. Heidi Vermette by Mountain Home VAMC Facility Director Mr. Dean Borsis on behalf of the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council (Council) and Vet to Vet Tennessee on October 17, 2017.
Dr. Vermette was the first Mountain Home VAMC liaison to the Council in November 14, 2013. She remained in that position until September 2017.
Even though the Council and the Mountain Home VAMC leadership had enormous bridges to build, Dr. Vermette never stop trying to “help veterans.” Her leadership and vision really excelled in January 2016 with the support from acting Facility Director Dan Synder.Click here to Read More
Peer support according to the VA Veterans Health Administration Handbook 1163.4, Psychological Rehabilitation Family Services, was implemented.
Bridge building & repairs were replaced with a true partnership . The monthly council meeting’s emerged as solution oriented and visionary. The cooperation and teamwork was incredible; action items from the council meeting were usually completed Dr. Vermette in 48 hours.
Because of Dr. Vermette relentless dedication and empathy toward veterans, their families and the council she was awarded the Joseph “JL” Tucker Memorial Award.
Upon receiving the award she wrote: “Mr. Borsos gave me the certificate from you today. All I can say is that I am truly touched and honored. Hearing from Veterans means more to me than any degree I have on my wall (although those are important too). Please pass on my thanks for this to everyone involved in putting it together. I know you will continue to go on and do great things.” 10-17-17 Heidi Vermette, MDPCMHI Staff Psychiatrist.
Dr. Vermette is still working at the Mountain Home VAMC as a staff psychiatrist. We are blessed she did not leave us!
October 17, 2017 Maryville, Tennessee
During the October 17, 2017 of the United Veterans of Blount County (UVBC) monthly meeting, a motion to accept Vet to Vet Tennessee as their newest Veterans Organization was approved unanimously.
Currently the organization’s members are: American Legion Post 13 & Auxiliary, Maryville AMVETS Post 22 & Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans Blount County Chapter 76 & Auxiliary, Military Order Purple Heart Sam Houston Chapter 1814 & Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Blount County Post 5154 & Auxiliary, World War 1 Barracks 3074 and Veterans of Foreign Wars John J. Duncan, Sr. Memorial Post 10855.Click here to Read More
V2VT has been serving Blount County since 2011 and are currently working with Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell and VSO Nathan Weinbaum for a special Vietnam War Commemoration program for this year’s Blount County Veterans Day celebration. The Veterans Day event attendees has overflowed the Court House in the past two years, therefore, UVBC approved to accept RIO Revolution Church’s offer to conduct the 2017 Blount County event at their location at 3419 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37804.
Guest speaker for the event is US Army Ia Drang survivor and President of V2VT Freddie J. Owens.
Click here to view UVBC’s Facebook page. Pray and work…for God and Country.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2017
Replaces Current ‘30-day/40-mile’ System With Patient/Provider-centric Decision-making
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has presented the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees with the administration’s draft proposal of the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act, designed to improve Veterans’ experiences with and access to health care, building on the best features of VA’s existing community care programs and strengthening VA’s ability to furnish care in its facilities.
In order to meet Veterans’ needs quickly and in a way that is easy to understand, the bill aims to:Click here to Read More
Clarify and simplify eligibility requirements,
- Set the framework for VA to continue to build a high-performing network,
- Streamline clinical and administrative processes,
- Implement new care coordination support for Veterans, and
- Merge and modernize community care programs.
“We want Veterans to work with their VA physicians to make informed decisions that are best for their clinical needs, whether in the VA or in the community, and this bill does just that, while strengthening VA services at the same time,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin.
The bill would replace the current wait-time and distance eligibility criteria under the Choice Program (“30-day/40-mile”) with criteria that:
- Place the Veteran and his or her physician at the center of the decision process on how and where to get the best care available,
- Ensure VA is improving medical facilities and staffing levels to meet Veterans’ needs in areas where VA care is substandard, and
- Offer options for Veterans to use a network of walk-in clinics for minor illnesses and injuries.
The CARE Act also includes:
- Proposals for new workforce tools to assist in maintaining and strengthening VA’s world-class medical staff,
- A number of business process enhancements to improve financial management of the Community Care program
- Provisions that would strengthen VA’s ability to partner with other federal agencies and streamline VA’s real property management authorities.
More information about access to care at the VA can be found at: https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/
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