February 24, 2015

Sgt. Shaft caricatureDear Sgt Shaft
My name is Lynn and I was recently medically retired from the Air Force and now represent United Health Care (UHC).

I have a great passion for Veterans and was hoping you could help me get this information out. UHC has a no premium Medicare Advantage plan available to DC residents who are enrolled in both Medicare and DC Medicaid. Some of the included benefits are:

  • $1000 in dental care annually
  • $300 annually to purchase over the counter medical products
  • $150 toward eye wear bi-annually
  • Free transportation to medical appointments

I am scheduled to present this plan to a group of Vets at Access Housing in SE DC on 23 Feb. It is open to the public. Please forward to anyone you think might need this information or would like to attend.

Finally, if your organization has any upcoming meetings or events, I will happily attend and explain how our DC Veterans have another option in health care and benefits they may be unaware of.

Very respectfully,
Lynn Bryan
MSgt, USAF Retired
(202) 660-2008

Dear Lynn
Hope this helps.


Shaft Notes
On February 27, the Washington DC VA Medical Center will welcome hundreds of women Veterans from all eras to its annual “Ladies’ Night”. This well-received outreach event is hosted to introduce women Veterans and transitioning active duty personnel to VA health care, benefits and services.

Women are the fastest growing population of Veterans. Currently, there are over 14,000 women enrolled for care at the DC VA Medical Center. This figure will continue to rise as women now represent over 13 percent of the OEF/OIF/OND Veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan era.

“It’s important to have events like this for Women Veterans. They see first-hand how we are transforming our culture to include them. We have a brand new Women’s Health Center offering comprehensive and personalized health care, equipped with 2-D and 3-D mammography,” said Brian A. Hawkins, Medical Center Director.

“Ladies’ Night” will be held in the Atrium of the VA Medical Center at 50 Irving Street, NW in Washington, DC, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Women Veterans who are interested in learning more about VA health care as well as women who are transitioning active duty service members are invited to attend.  There is no admission fee, just an opportunity to gain information and experience VA health care and other services in a comforting environment.

This year’s event will offer women’s health screenings, flu shots, informational booths, music, late fare and alternative therapies such as acupuncture, Reiki and meditation.

Women Veterans who would like to participate are encouraged to RSVP to the Office of Public Affairs, 202-745-4037 or via email: LadiesNightDC@va.gov.

Media may contact the Office of Public Affairs, 202-745-4037, to cover the event.


Building on President Obama’s commitment to end Veteran homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of $300 million in grants to non-profit organizations and other groups that serve Veterans through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The SSVF program assists very low-income Veteran families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The $300 million grants are available to current grantees seeking renewals.

Announcement of the grants comes on the heels of the January agreement that dedicates the West Los Angeles VA campus to serving veterans in need, and commits the Department to design a plan to help end homelessness among Veterans in Los Angeles County. Additionally, a nationwide homeless 2015 Point in Time (PIT) Count took place last month, in which VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald and other VA officials spread out around the country to identify homeless Veterans. Last year’s PIT Count revealed that 49,993 Veterans were homeless on a single night representing a 33-percent decline in homelessness among Veterans since 2010. VA relies on strong, targeted collaborations in key areas at Federal and local levels and engages community partners to develop innovative and forward-thinking solutions that can lead to scalable and replicable models of service. In FY 2014 alone, through VA’s various homeless programs, nearly 70,000 Veterans and their family members were placed in permanent housing or prevented from becoming homeless under the SSVF program VA’s goal is to end Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

“One of the things you learn in the Army is you never leave a soldier behind,” said Secretary McDonald. “Unfortunately, we’ve left some people behind, and they’re our homeless Veterans. VA is committed to achieving the goal of ending Veteran homelessness, and we won’t rest until every homeless Veteran has a place to call home.”

VA most recently announced awards totaling $507 million in SSVF grants. Those funds included targeted support for 56 high-priority communities. VA is currently preparing to award an additional $93 million in SSVF funds for high-priority communities.

For more information about VA’s homeless programs, visit www.va.gov/homeless. The Federal Register notice of funding availability may be found at www.va.gov/HOMELESS/ssvf/docs/SSVF_NOFA_Feb3.pdf.  Additional information about the SSVF program may be found at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.


A Shaft shot at the VA for their recent anti religious action of covering up religious symbols of Christianity. A couple of months ago, an order came down from Washington DC to cover all things associated with Christianity in the Vet Hospitals. Their solution is to cover everything in all the VA Chapels across the country.” I urge my readers to check out the following web site. http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/v/VA-Covers-Religious-Symbols.htm#.VGzFkmdNcVA



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