VA Announces Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (‘CARE’) Act

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:

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WW II POW Honored on POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 15, 2017  Knoxville, Tennessee

Elmcroft of West Knoxville and Vet to Vet TN (V2VT) hosted a POW/MIA event to recognize one of America’s great heroes, World War II Army POW Robert William Chadwick.

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1st Joseph “JL” Tucker Memorial Award

September 13, 2017  Madisonville, Tennessee

Taylor Thomas, Vietnam Veteran and Outreach Officer for Vet to Vet Tennessee presented his son, Judge Dwaine B. Thomas, with the first Joseph “JL” Tucker Memorial Award.   After receiving the award the Judge responded “Thank you for the award. But the real heroes are you all and the men and women dealing with the ravages of PTSD. I appreciate all that you all do and I am proud to be able to help in any small way.”

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Monroe County financially supports Vet to Vet TN

September 6, 2017 Madisonville, Tennessee

Monroe County has been innovative and substantial partners of Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT) for almost three years.  V2VT and Judge Dwaine B. Thomas have been developing a Veterans Court since October 2014 and opened the court to the first justice involved veterans on January 14, 2015.

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