VA Primary Care Patient Information Booklet

June 14, 2017 Knoxville, Tennessee

The Mountain Home VAMC and all of their clinics now have a primary care patient information booklet available to all veterans.  The booklets are being distributed during the orientation for new veterans, however, very few current veterans were aware of the booklet until Freddie Owens discovered the booklet from his  Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) clerk.  A PACT team is a team-based model of care led by a primary care provider (PCP) who enables continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient’s health care needs or appropriately coordinating care with other qualified professional, led by a PCP, works collaboratively with the patient to plan their overall health care.

The booklet is filled with valuable information including contact numbers.  We recommend to all veterans that they obtain this booklet.  The booklets are available at Mountain Home VAMC, Knoxville Outpatient Clinic, and Bristol/Campbell Co (LaFollette)/ Morristown/Norton/Rogersville/Sevierville Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

The booklet contains information about clinic appointments, Co-managed care,transportation, hospital services, non-VA emergency room visits and hospitalizations, patient rights and responsibilities, My HealteVet, Pharmacy, health information programs, pain management, suicide prevention, social work services, domiciliary, women’s clinic, eye clinic services, instructions for lab work, contact information and locations.

The VA has the booklets available NOW!  So please go to the VA and retrieve yours!  Or you can click here to view and/or download.the current version.  The contact information is updated by the VA as necessary so some of the numbers may have changed.  To eliminate outdated information, the VA is creating a booklet link.

Thanks to the support of KOPC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Sexton, the orientation workbook will be posted on the MHVAHCS website in the near future.  We’ll let you know when the post is available.

Click here to download the important contact numbers.  In the meantime, please make sure you get yours and make sure you tell other veterans.

Knoxville Area Korean Association & Vet to Vet TN hosts Korean Vets Reunion

June 24, 2017 Knoxville, Tennessee

It has been 64 years since the Korean War ended with a cease-fire.

For years, Korean War Army Veteran Rex Davis organized a reunion luncheon. Rex died on May 22, 2017. After he died, the Knoxville Area Korean Association decided to take over the luncheon and asked for support from Vet to Vet Tennessee (V2VT)

Rex Davis June 25, 2016

“Since he passed away recently, Knoxville Area Korean Association and V2VT wishes to continue the event in his memory with his passion for Korean War Veterans. Most of Korean War Veterans are over 80 and there are not many of them around now. As Korean, we want to show our appreciation to the veterans and remember them what they have done for us,” said Gina Phillips, Vice President of the Knoxville Area Korean Association.

This year’s luncheon was held on Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Bearden Banquet Hall.  June 25 marks the day of the 1950 invasion of South Korea and the allied support of the U.S. Military.

Phillips said the annual reunion keeps Korean War Veterans connected and the memory of the “Forgotten War” alive. She said stories and memories will be shared and the veterans will be celebrated.

“We’re trying to carry on his spirit. We’re the ones that are appreciative of the Korean War veterans,” said Phillips.

 

V2VT joined the reunion three years ago and continues to provide volunteers and support to the heroes of the Forgotten War.  Many of the volunteers were members of V2VT: Barbara Scott, Don Davis, Freddie Owens, George Howell Jr., Linda Fletcher, Randall Scott, Robert Hatley, Sheryn Davis and Ed Junod as MC.  Freddie Owens and numerous members of his church, Redemption Church International attended including 5 teenagers.

Click here to view the reunion agenda, honored guest and supporters. 2017 Korean War Veterans Recipients

Korean War Commemoration Certificates of Honor were presented to 41 US Korean War Veterans.  V2VT also presented 22 Korean Veterans with the Vietnam War Commemoration presidential proclamation.  V2VT also provided all of the Korean War Veterans with an application for the Republic of South Korean’s Ambassador for Peace Medal.  Here is the list of the Korean War Veterans.

Click here to view photos

V2VT is honored to be a partner of the Knoxville Area Korean Association and want to especially thank President Chong Yu and reunion organizer Jean Watkins for an outstanding event.

VA Primary Care Patient Information Booklet Available NOW!

June 22, 2017 Knoxville, Tennessee

The Mountain Home VAMC and all of their clinic now have a primary care patient information booklet available to all veterans.  The booklets are being distributed during the orientation for new veterans, however, very few current veterans were aware of the booklet until Freddie Owens discovered the booklet from his  Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) clerk.  A PACT team is a team-based model of care led by a primary care provider (PCP) who enables continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient’s health care needs or appropriately coordinating care with other qualified professional, led by a PCP, works collaboratively with the patient to plan their overall health care.

The booklet is filled with valuable information including contact numbers.  We recommend to all veterans that they obtain this booklet.  The booklets are available at Mountain Home VAMC, Knoxville Outpatient Clinic, and Bristol/Campbell Co (LaFollette)/ Morristown/Norton/Rogersville/Sevierville Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

The booklet contains information about clinic appointments, Co-managed care,transportation, hospital services, non-VA emergency room visits and hospitalizations, patient rights and responsibilities, My HealteVet, Pharmacy, health information programs, pain management, suicide prevention, social work services, domiciliary, women’s clinic, eye clinic services, instructions for lab work, contact information and locations.

The VA has the booklets available NOW!  So please go to the VA and retrieve yours!

Thanks to the support of KOPC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Sexton, the orientation workbook will be posted on the MHVAHCS website in the near future.  We’ll let you know when the post is available.

VA Secretary Presses for Accountability Legislation in Wake of Federal Appeals Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2017 VA Secretary Presses for Accountability Legislation in Wake of Federal Appeals Ruling Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Helman v. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ruled that the expedited Senior Executive Service (SES) removal and appeals authority provided by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 is unconstitutional. As a result of this ruling, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has been directed to review the administrative judge’s decision upholding VA’s November 2014 removal of the director of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System. The former director’s removal remains in effect at this time. Commenting on the ruling, Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin said, “Today’s ruling underscores yet again the need for swift congressional action to afford the Secretary effective and defensible authority to take timely and meaningful action against VA employees whose conduct or performance undermines Veterans’ trust in VA care or services. “We appreciate the House passing H.R. 1259, VA Accountability First Act of 2017 as a vital step toward providing the tools necessary to address misconduct while ensuring due process. Just as importantly, we look forward to the Senate taking up the legislation and helping to ensure passage as soon as possible.”

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