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WILMINGTON, Del. – The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) recently announced as part of their commitment to provide excellent health care for Veterans, under VHA Directive 1085, the department will implement a new policy restricting smoking by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors at its health care facilities by October 1, 2019.

Although VA has historically permitted smoking in designated areas, there is growing evidence that smoking and exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke creates significant medical risks, and risks to safety and direct patient care that are inconsistent with medical requirements and limitations. Accordingly, VA’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has collaborated with key stakeholders to update and recertify the policy to be consistent withthe department’s commitment to Veterans and the community.

“We want to increase the high-quality of care to our Veterans by creating a smoke-free campus by eliminating exposures to secondhand smoke and other tobacco products that may present harm to our Veterans,” said Director Vince Kane who oversees the Wilmington VAMC and its five outpatient clinics in Delaware and southern New Jersey.

The Wilmington VA Medical Center and it’s five outpatient clinics include Dover and Georgetown, Delaware and Northfield, Cape May and Vineland, New Jersey are scheduled to go smoke-free by October 1.

VHA’s new smoke-free policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, any other combustion of tobacco and non-Federal Drug Administration approved electronic nicotine delivery systems, including but not limited to electronic or e-cigarettes, vape pens or e-cigars.

If you are a Veteran and want to stop using nicotine products contact the VA Quit Line at 855- QUIT-VET (855-784-8838), or text, “VET” to 47848.

The Wilmington VA Medical Center offers smoking cessation classes every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in room 7070 on the seventh floor to eligible Veterans, no consult needed.

For additional smoking cessation resources:

Veterans.SmokeFree.gov >

The Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition is proud to announce that our Military and Veterans Mental Health Summit is returning to Dover Downs this September!

When: Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Where: Dover Downs Hotel and Casino
Cost: Free!

Theme: Military Sexual Trauma

Keynote Address:
Pauline Thompson, PhD

CEUs are pending
Community and Clinical Tracks Available

Register now >

Jennifer Smolowitz
Project Director for Suicide Prevention
Mental Health Association in Delaware
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 600
Wilmington, DE 19801-6604
302-654-6838 (fax)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a new urgent care benefit under the newly implemented MISSION Act, for eligible Veterans. The urgent care benefit lets Veterans enrolled with the VA Healthcare to visit participating urgent care clinics in their community for treatment of minor healthcare needs.

“We want to be the preferred healthcare provider for Veterans and we will continue to strive to provide convenient, timely and high-quality health care to our Veterans. The new urgent care benefits offer additional options for eligible Veterans and helps VA leverage healthcare resources to better meet the needs of Veterans,” said Director Vince Kane who oversees the Wilmington VAMC and its five outpatient clinics in Delaware and southern New Jersey.

The urgent care benefit offers added convenience for eligible Veterans to use at any time, with any participating provider throughout the country – an excellent benefit for eligible Veterans that may be traveling over these summer months. Veterans do not need to receive VA authorization prior to visiting a participating urgent care provider nor do they have to make a co-payment at the time of their visit. Some Veterans may experience a VA copay after their urgent care visit based on their assigned priority group and the number of times they visit an in-network urgent care provider in a calendar year.

Medications prescribed to Veterans during their urgent care visit are covered for up to a 14-day supply through a VA pharmacy, VA contracted pharmacy or a non-contracted pharmacy. Prescriptions longer than a 14-day supply must be submitted to a VA pharmacy to be filled. If a non-contracted pharmacy is used the Veteran will have to pay out of pocket and file a reimbursement through their local VA.

To be eligible for urgent care benefits, Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system and have received care through the VA from either a VA or
community provider within the past 24 months. To learn more about VA urgent care benefits contact your local VA facility or GO TO THIS WEBSITE>

Veterans can contact the Wilmington VA Medical Center eligibility office at 800-461-8262 to check on their eligibility status.

If you are a Veteran and need assistance in enrolling in VA healthcare, you can contact one of our Veteran outreach specialists in your area.
For the State of Delaware and Salem, New Jersey call 302-357-8715 or 302-932-7519.
In Cape May, Northfield, Atlantic and Cumberland, New Jersey call 302-304-5509 or 302-358-9736.

A comprehensive list of participating urgent care community providers is
available HERE> .

NAMI Homefront

A free six-session online class for family and friends of Military Service Members and Veterans.

The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.

The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/ Veteran.

For questions:
Jenn Ford
Multi-Cultural Engagement Manager
NAMI Delaware
Phone 302-427-0787 ext 116

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Are you a female military member or veteran and have experienced trauma in your life?

(military or non-military related trauma)

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy provides unique opportunities for participants to heal and move through trauma and move on in more healthy and happy life patterns. No riding is involved: all activities are grounded with our herd and guided by an experienced treatment team. Join us to experience for yourself the healing power of horses!

Only 8 spaces available

July 2 – Aug 27, 10:00 am-11:30 am

Commitment to all 8 sessions is requested.

8848 September Way, Lincoln De 19960

Register by calling 302-593-1378 or 302-218-1463.


Rosemary Baughman LCSW, CADC,
EAGALA certified
Executive Director
Courageous Hearts…where horses empower people!
302-593-1378 P
302-265-2790 F

The National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide reflects VA’s vision for a coordinated national strategy to prevent suicide among all Veterans, maintaining VA’s focus on high-risk individuals in health care settings while promoting community engagement. The strategy offers guidance to VA’s employees and partners — including other federal agencies, state and local governments, health care systems, and community organizations — so that we, as a nation, can prevent Veteran suicide.


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With generous support from WSFS bank, Easterseals will be hosting Caregiver Workshops each month in New Castle and Sussex counties!

Come grab a snack, meet other caregivers, and learn some tools to help hone your skills as a caregiver.


New Castle: 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle DE 19720 Large Conference Room (Entrance 2)
Sussex: 22317 DuPont Blvd, Georgetown DE 19947 Large Conference Room (1st floor)


Each Month 10:00 am-11:30 am
New Castle: Third Wednesday

Can’t make it in person? Go to www.facebook.com/EastersealsDE to watch this presentation on Facebook live!
You can ask your questions and interact with us there.

Sussex: Third Thursday

Workshops are free, but registration is required.

Please call (302) 221-2087 or email resources@esdel.org to register.

Anya Taylor
Community Outreach Assistant
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore
O: 302-221-2087

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