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VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program

During flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is easier than ever — and as close as your local VA or neighborhood Walgreens! VA and Walgreens care about your health and are partnering to offer enrolled Veteran patients easy access to flu shots.

VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. During the program, which runs from August 15, 2017 through March 31, 2018, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,200 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities. No appointment is required; simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility and show your Veterans Identification Card and another form of photo ID.

Your immunization record will be updated electronically in your local VA electronic health record. Walgreens has the capability to electronically send vaccination information to the VA electronic health record. The VA-Walgreens national partnership is part of VA’s eHealth Exchange project. This national program ensured that many Veterans got their no-cost flu shot at their local Walgreens, satisfying their wellness reminder because they either found it more convenient or did not have a scheduled appointment at a local VA health care facility.


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New tele-ICU monitoring service deployed at Wilmington VA

Modernization and innovation are top priorities for VA health care.  A new, state of the art program, integrating tele-communications technology with intensive care physicians who are on duty around the clock in a remote location hundreds of miles away was kicked off at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilmington, Delaware.  The new program is designed to enhance health care services for Veterans Affairs patients.

A  ribbon cutting ceremony highlighted the new two-way real time video links between each of the six ICU rooms and two emergency department rooms at the Wilmington VAMC and ICU specialists at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.  The link provides another layer of care for patients by connecting them via real-time video links to specialists in Cincinnati who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The tele-ICU team has a supportive role; they have an overview of all the patients in the unit and can alert the bedside staff if any problems occur.

As part of the program, bedside data from patients at the Wilmington VA is made available to nurses and doctors in the Cincinnati monitoring center.  Vince Kane, director of the Wilmington VAMC said the technology is especially important in enhancing medical care provided to veterans served by the Wilmington VA.

“We are very excited for the opportunity for us to apply  best practices focused on making sure we meet the needs of our veterans,” said Kane.  “By having access to the team in Cincinnati, our providers and nurses have additional eyes and expertise to help enhance Veteran care.”

The tele-ICU partnership connects Wilmington staff and patients with the Cincinnati’s monitoring center, which is an advanced tele-health facility where remote intensive care physicians and nurses support the care of ICU patients by using virtual technologies and clinical information systems.  Critical care nurses staff the Tele-ICU Monitoring Center 24/7 with critical care physicians available overnight and weekends.  The remote providers have access to bedside clinical data, can assess a veteran through video conferencing technology, and can provide consultative recommendations or directly intervene in patient care as desired by the local ICU staff.

Dr. Callahan, intensivist at the Wilmington VAMC ICU, said the program will provide additional layers of professionals providing more care locally.  The services allow for continuous monitoring of patients receiving ICU care, even when local providers are out of the room assisting with other critical patients.

Kelley Bowens, ER ICU nurse manager at Wilmington VA said the new program will provide remote vital checks on local patients, allow distance providers to virtually make rounds in the patients’ rooms and monitor changes that might be going on with veterans’ vital signs.

If there is an issue with a patient, local ICU staff will be alerted allowing for a fast response to the patient’s changing medical condition.  The new service enhances the face-to-face care which is already being provided to patients.


You and your organization are cordially invited to attend Military Honor Day and the 16th Annual Patriot Day Ceremonies

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WHERE: CHEER Community Center
The corner of Sand Hill Road and Route 9, east of Georgetown
9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This event will feature every military branch of the United States armed services and civilian first responder units. We invite your Post to set up a display for the day. We will supply you with an eight-foot table and table cloth for no cost. However, donations are accepted by CHEER, a non-profit agency serving the needs of Sussex County’s senior population.

There will be dozens of educational displays filling the CHEER Community Center highlighting events such as Pearl Harbor, Normandy Beach, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and all conflicts to the present that have occurred, including the Cold War, Grenada, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Many local schools have already accepted our invitation to attend as this will be an opportunity for students to learn about our military history, and have the ability to speak one-on-one with men and women who fought in those wars and conflicts.

We hope that you will spend September 13 with us honoring the men and women who have sacrificed to ensure our freedom. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If your organization would like to setup a display, please RSVP to Florence Mason at 302-515-3045.

The Delaware National Guard is sponsoring its 8th Annual Health and Wellness Expo as part of an effort to promote prevention, healthy life-styles and wellness among our employees.

WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Joint Force Headquarters
MAJ Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center (Biden NGRC)
One Vavala Way
New Castle, Delaware

Note address change is street address only, location is the same as prior year. We anticipate approximately 150 – 200 people in attendance; the majority will be a combination of both federal civil service military employees and active duty military employees of the Delaware National Guard and Navy Operational Support Center.

We invite you to participate in this very important event. Included is a list of services or screenings that are frequently requested through the National Guard and Navy Operational Support Center community. If you or someone you know is able to provide any of the services listed; please include that information in your response along with contact information.

Our venue at the Biden NGRC, will be held on the “drill floor,” a large open space, set up with rows of tables for exhibitors to provide health and wellness information. There will be limited options for electrical power, please include in your response any questions or requirements you may have for electrical accommodations.

Please respond and advise if you will be able to participate this year. Seating is limited and will be managed on a first come first served policy.

Reservations can be completed by email or phone with Donna Fields: donna.a.fields.nfg@mail.mil  or 302.326.7007. All reservations must be completed on or before October 10, 2017 to allow for event preparations.

We appreciate your help in making a difference in the health of the employees of the Delaware National Guard and Naval Operational Support Center.

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 Outstanding AmeriCorps opportunity for Military Members, Veterans or immediate military family members.

The next program begins on October 2, 2017 and we seeking out 15 members for this award winning program.

Working as a part of a team, you will perform a variety of conservation activities including: Trail Maintenance, Invasive Species identification and eradication, and park based service projects.

You will gain education, certifications, and hands on training in the natural resources field.

FBI fingerprint background investigation is required, provided by the program at no cost to participants. Must be 18 years of age or older.

Program term October 2, 2017 – August 31, 2018.

Positions available on teams located statewide.

Benefits include:

  • Stipend of $522.80 every two weeks
  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance
  • Child care assistance available
  • National Service Trust Education Award upon successful completion = $5,800
  • Outstanding Training and job skills experience
  • Uniforms
  • Admission to all Delaware State Parks

For more information or to register please visit our website www.destateparks.com/veteranscorps, like our page on Facebook, or email me at Karen.minner@state.de.us

Karen Minner CIG, CPSI
Veterans Conservation Corps – AmeriCorps Program Director
Delaware State Parks
P: 302-739-9208

UPCOMING EVENT to consider attending, if you are:

1) Anyone representing a VSO, whether full time staff or even local volunteers.

2) Anyone from the business community with “Veteran” or “Military” “Affairs” in their job title. Also those from businesses that support the Veteran community whether it’s through hiring initiatives or fundraising/donations. Human Resource Managers or Owners/Executives.

3) Anyone representing local/state/federal governmental organizations that support Veterans. Or elected officials.

We see this event as part professional/leadership development and part networking or forum for collaboration amongst VSOs and Businesses. The speakers and moderated panel will discuss the evolving veteran landscape and actionable ideas and best practices that attendees can take back to their respective organizations.

SEE FLYER FOR FULL DETAILS. Please make sure to RSVP in the Eventbrite link and let me know if you have any questions!

Corey Mulholland, CPFA
Phone 856.696.7526


Great seeing so many of you who attended our JULY/AUGUST Community Network meetings. Our guest speakers are on the cc line – please feel free to reach out to any one of them directly on programs/services they offer!

We hope you will participate in some way in an activity, walk, or event during September’s “Suicide Prevention” month – or create one of your own at your organization!

Hope to see some of you at the Veteran Mental Health Summit – Sep 14.

Best to you,

O  302.326.7582
C  302.540.0711
E  christine.f.kubik.nfg@mail.mil

The Delaware National Guard is your Hometown Force of Soldiers and Airmen with a mission to protect the lives and property of Delawareans and support the nation during War.

The DE Military & Veterans Suicide Prevention Coalition Presents:

“The Veterans, Military & Family Wellness Day” 5K.

When: Oct. 1, 2017, 5K at 10 a.m.

Where: Glasgow Park
Pavilion #52275
Pulaski Hwy
Glasgow, DE 19702

  • Event is free and open to all; 5K route maps provided
  • Includes family fun, face painting, food, music & more following the run/walk!
  • Free T-shirts for the first 100 participants!
  • Help raise awareness for suicide prevention

Donald H. Daley
Suicide Prevention Program Manager
Contractor, Accenture Federal Services
Biden NGRC, New Castle, DE
Office: (302) 326-7098


In support of Suicide Prevention Month, the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition’s Military Subcommittee presents

2017 Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit

CHASE CENTER on the Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE. 19801

Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:00AM-3:30PM

The Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition is pleased to announce the 2017 Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit in support of Suicide Prevention Month. This event will present and disseminate information and resources to veterans, service members, families and support members in Delaware. The event will emphasize workshops for service providers who may work with veterans and the military.

For details and to register:

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We hope your organization will want to be included, so please complete the attached exhibitor form as soon as possible. Do not miss out on this important event. There are a limited number of spaces available. Please REGISTER NO LATER THAN FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.

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