National Veterans Creative Arts Competition
Eastern Colorado Local Creative Arts Competition
The McNichols Civic Center Building
(At Civic Center Park)
144 W. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80202
FEBRUARY 19, 2017
For entry and event info, contact Sarah El Hage, CTRS
(303) 399-8020 X-4061
VA Accelerates Deployment of Nationwide Opioid Therapy Tool
VA Home Loans – New Online Video
We are excited to share with you five new videos produced by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Please help us share this new video content with your partners and colleagues as we work together to ensure all Veterans know about and understand their VA benefits. The videos are easy to embed on your website or digital newsletter, or share via Facebook and Twitter.
Learn how VA is Transforming to better serve our nation’s heroes. By funneling Veterans’ claims through the new Intake Processing Centers (IPC), the right claims get to the right lane at the right time, improving accuracy and letting us work faster.
VA Home Loans
Do you qualify for VA’s no-down payment home loan program? You must have suitable credit, sufficient income, and a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to be eligible for a VA-guaranteed home loan. The home must be for your own personal occupancy. Learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements from the Director of VA’s Home Loan Program, Mike Frueh.
Hope For You, Hope For Other Veterans
Window of Hope Research Opportunity for Veterans
A study to learn about the use of group psychotherapy focusing on hope for veterans with traumatc brain injury (TBI).
Veterans who participate will be compensated for their time.
If you are interested in participating or have any questions about the study, please contact Adam Hoffberg at (303) 355-5199.
New Home and Community Based Services Waiver Available
For persons with a Spinal Cord Injury (HCBS-SCI)
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Usability Tests by Assistive Technology Partners
Assistive Technology Partners at the University of Colorado is conducting usability tests on various adaptive technologies. They currently need individuals with upper limb limitations (quadriplegia). There is no cost to participate in the study.
For more information, contact Assistive Technology Partners at 303.315.1289
You can also visit their website at www.assistivetechnologypartners.org.
VA Announces Changes to Emergency Care Payment Policy
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today a change in regulations regarding payments for emergency care provided to eligible Veterans in non-VA facilities.
This provision helps ensure eligible Veterans continue to get the emergency care they need when VA facilities are not available,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
The new regulation extends VA’s authority to pay for emergency care provided to eligible Veterans at non-VA facilities until the Veterans can be safely transferred to a VA medical facility.
More than 100,000 Veterans are estimated to be affected by the new rules, at a cost of about $44 million annually.
VA operates 121 emergency departments across the country, which provide resuscitative therapy and stabilization in life-threatening situations. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. VA also has 46 urgent care units, which provide care for patients without scheduled appointments who need immediate medical or psychiatric attention.
For more information about emergency care in non-VA facilities, visit www.nonvacare.va.gov.
Numerous organizations are providing opportunities for disabled veterans and individuals to enjoy adaptive skiing on the slopes around Colorado. For more information please contact the chapter office.
Government Apps and Mobile Sites
Find more th an 70 Government apps and mobile sites in the Mobile Apps Gallery!
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Request Your Discharge Papers Online
You can now request your discharge papers online. It takes just a few minutes to fill the form out and about two weeks to receive the papers.
Get details >>
Denver International Airport Offers Accessible Vans
DIA is one of several select airports across the country that are offering wheelchair accessible vans through rental agencies.
Visit www.rollxvans.com or call 800.956.6668 for more information.
We must take care of our veterans!
Paralyzed Veterans of America will soon head to Capitol Hill to remind our new Congress and President Obama how important it is to deliver on our promises to America’s brave veterans, who have fought so nobly and sacrificed so much for our country.
Please help us:
• Make sure our veterans are not overlooked
• Show lawmakers our veterans have the support of proud Americans like you
• Reach our goal of 10,000 signatures
• Spread the word!
Add your name to our 2011 Wall of Support today>>
It only takes a minute and it can make a lifetime of difference! Let Congress know that you and thousands of other Americans believe we must take care of our veterans.
Discounts Available for Veterans
If you hold a valid military ID, you should know about discounts available from select businesses. Follow this link to obtain information.
Vets – Take Advantage of All You Have Earned
The VA has a new video encouraging vets to take full advantage of all they have earned.
It’s the first in a series… check it out >>
Handicap Parking Enforcement opportunities are now available in Colorado Springs
You can now signup to volunteer with the Colorado Springs Police Department and serve on the Handicapped Parking Enforcement Unit. The unit trains volunteers to warn or cite violators of handicapped parking spaces. This program ensures that accessible parking is available to those with physical impairments and relieves police officers to handle higher priority calls.
For more information, please visit the Colorado Springs Police Department Volunteer Services Program website >>
VA QUALITY OF CARE REPORTS
VA wants to provide you and all veterans with the best possible healthcare. The VA Quality of Care Reports website will provide you with information about the quality of healthcare in VA medical centers. VA collects information to measure healthcare quality at every VA hospital. Reports are produced regularly to compare healthcare quality at individual VA medical centers with healthcare quality provided by other VA medical centers and non-VA facilities.
These reports are like scorecards. They focus on items that indicate the quality of care VA provides, like the number of influenza (flu) shots VA gives to veterans. To access the reports: Go to www.qualityofcare.va.gov
Easter Seals Rehabilitation Services & Stroke Day Program
The Easter Seals Rehabilitation Services & Stroke Day Program in Colorado provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cognitive re-training, warm water therapy, social work and case management services to individuals with stroke, TBI MS, Parkinsons and other neurological impairments. The program provides a full day of cost effective rehabilitation and fitness.
For more information >>
Free mental health services are available for returning veterans and their families in southern Colorado
This program is funded by the Civilians for Veterans Fund which provides services in three regions of Colorado; the San Luis Valley, Gunnison/Montrose region, and in the Southeastern areas covering the Arkansas Valley. The San Luis Valley Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center will help soldiers and their families in the San Luis Valley region. Southeast Mental Health Services will serve those in the Arkansas Valley, while the Midwestern Colorado Mental Health Center will help those in need in the Gunnison/Montrose region.
For more information >>