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Service Officer Notes April 2018

There are several things that I would like to touch on it this month:

1) The eBenefit program. The joint VA/DoD web portal provides resources and self-service capabilities to service members, Veterans and their families. This makes it a go-to tool and resource for the military and
Veteran communities. Through the use of their DS Logon or Common Access Card, users view the
status of their disability compensation claims, transfer post-9/11 GI Bill entitlement and much more via eBenefits. Having secure, online options free of charge puts the military and Veteran communities in the
driver’s seat when it comes to handling their benefits. The goal of eBenefits has always been to give Veterans greater access to their benefits information in one convenient online portal. With well over one million Home Loan Certificates created, and more than 20 million VA letters generated, the impact this joint portal is having on
the lives of Veterans is clear. eBenefits users can also access medical information, order prescription medications, check Post-9/11 GI Bill enrollment status and more.

2) Opioid Medications: The VA will be affected by these changes also. Speaking from personal experience, I have used physical therapy and acupuncture. These treatments do not work the same for everyone, but for me they worked quite well. A Crisis in Pain Drugs Leads to Greater Use of Acupuncture: The use of acupuncture has increased among patients and doctors in America over the years. The effectiveness of the treatment remains disputed in western medicine. The Prescott VA does offer acupuncture in the Impact for Pain Clinic. If you are in pain, ask your provider for a referral. The IMPACT Team is a new Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) that Looks at treating all aspects of your life, using some non-traditional treatments. not just treating the pain. Once you are referred to IMPACT , you will be invited to attend the IMPACT Orientation.

3) The next subject I would like to touch on is VA care givers: DAV had pushed hard and hoped for inclusion of veterans provisions for the Choice program and expansion of care giver benefits in the omnibus spending package released this week. Unfortunately, neither made it into the final bill. While we understand the impetus to create passable legislation, we believed this to be a historic opportunity to incorporate two much-needed, long-awaited reform policies that would have dramatically improved the quality of life of our nation’s veterans.
Care givers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans. The Care giver Support Program offers training, educational resources, and multiple tools to help you succeed. Please contact our Care giver Support Line for advice on being a care giver. I think a care giver could be a family member or a partner. if you need this service please check it out.

Thank you for your service. Gary