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Veteran Baby Shower May 7, 2018

Fargo VA Women’s Health, VA Voluntary Service, the American Red Cross, and partner sponsors will host the Fargo VA Health Care System’s first Veteran Baby Shower on May 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the American Red Cross (2602 12th St. N, Fargo ND)!

Any Veteran who is expecting an addition to their family is welcome to attend with their partner.  Attendees will receive a free lunch, gifts totaling over $50, and will be entered into a drawing for large-value door prizes. Door prizes include car seat & stroller combination, pack ‘n play, and more!

For more information and to RSVP, call VA Women’s Health at (701) 239-3700 extension 9-3893. The deadline to RSVP is April 23.

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Whole Health Classes: April 13 & 17, 2018

Fargo VA hosts Introduction to Whole Health classes April 13, 17
FARGO, N.D. (March 30, 2018) – The Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center will host
Introduction to Whole Health classes on April 13 and 17.
Dates/Times/Locations:
• Friday April 13, 8-10 a.m., in the Whole Health & Wellness Center (2E-25)
• Tuesday April 17, 4-6 p.m., in the 3rd floor Auditorium
The classes are open to Veterans transitioning from service who are not enrolled in VA health
care, new enrollees to VA health care, and currently enrolled Veterans. Each class is a standalone
session – participants only need to attend on one of the dates.

For questions and more information, call (701) 239-3700, dial 9 then extension 3655.

New VSO

Rebecca Hodgson has started in the office as the new Traill County VSO.

Suicide Prevention Month #BeThere

We all can take action to help prevent suicide, but many people don’t know what they can do to support the Veteran or Service member in their life who is going through a difficult time. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone. Suicide prevention can start with one simple act of support: Be There.

Veterans, Service members, and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, send a text message to 838255, or chat online to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

The responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances — from those coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans dealing with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.

Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered nearly 2.8 million calls and initiated the dispatch of emergency services to callers in crisis nearly 74,000 times. The Veterans Crisis Line anonymous online chat service, added in 2009, has engaged in more than 332,000 chats. In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text-messaging service to provide another way for Veterans to connect with confidential, round-the-clock support, and since then has responded to more than 67,000 texts.

VA is working to make sure that all Veterans and their loved ones are aware of the Veterans Crisis Line. To reach as many Veterans as possible, VA is coordinating with communities and partner groups nationwide — including community-based organizations, Veterans Service Organizations, and local health care providers — to let Veterans and their loved ones know that support is available whenever, if ever, they need it.

Act Now

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/

 

Updates

The Barnes County Veterans Service Office in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Fish and game has announced the 2017 Camp Grafton Disabled Veteran Hunt for Veterans that are 50% or greater disabled. The Disabled Veteran Hunt will take place on Monday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 14 at Camp Grafton, ND.  Applications are due by August 31.  Please stop by a County Veterans Service Office for an application.

There is a Vietnam Veterans and Family Picnic on August 26th from Noon to 5pm held at the Riverside Park in Grand Forks.  Vietnam Veterans Lapel Pins will be presented as well as other items.  Hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, chips, soft drinks, and water will be served.  The picnic is being organized by Prairie Grass Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and the University of North Dakota Army ROTC.  For more information, contact Peggy Vanyo at 701-772-4672 or pvanyo8@gmail.com.

The Fargo VA Medical Center, 2101 Elm St., will host a veteran orientation class from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30.  The free orientation is open to all veterans. Veterans are also encouraged to bring a guest to the orientation, such as a fellow veteran or family member. The orientation will take place in the medical center’s third floor auditorium. During the orientation, attendees will receive information on health benefits, resources and care available within the Fargo VA Health Care System. Optional tours of the medical center will be available before the orientation. Arrive before the orientation at 2 p.m. to receive a tour of the facility; staff members will be waiting to meet attendees at the main entrance. For more information, call the Fargo VA’s Public Affairs Office at (701) 239-3724.

 

Grand Forks Vet Center New Location

gf vet center releaseFARGO VET CENTER NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grand Forks Vet Center new location

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (March 28, 2017) – The Department of Veterans Affairs Grand Forks Vet Center will be located at 3001 32nd Ave. S., Suite 6A, Grand Forks, N.D., 58201, beginning April 3.

Vet Center counseling services include individual, group, marital/family, military sexual trauma, and bereavement. Drug and alcohol referral services are also available. The Vet Center also acts as a liaison with VA and other community resources to ensure any Veteran will get the help they need.

The Vet Center is completely free and confidential. For more information about Grand Forks Vet Center services, call (701) 620-1448 or visit http://www.vetcenter.va.gov.

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Camp Lejeune Presumptive Service Connection

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has now established presumptive service connection for diseases that are associated to exposure with contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.  The presumption applies to active duty, reservists, and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (does not have to be consecutive days) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.  The presumptive conditions are:

 

  • Adult Leukemia

  • Aplastic Anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes

  • Bladder Cancer

  • Kidney Cancer

  • Liver Cancer

  • Multiple Myeloma

  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

  • Parkinson’s Disease

Veterans and family members are already eligible for certain medical care benefits; now Veterans can file a benefits claim for the presumptive conditions to become service connected for those conditions.  To file a claim or if you have questions, please contact me.