Largest wheelchair sporting event provides therapeutic benefit to disabled U.S. Veterans
WASHINGTON — Nearly 600 of the country’s best wheelchair athletes are arriving in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the 37th National Veterans Wheelchair Games being held July 17–22.
“The Wheelchair Games is a great example of some of the finest athletes on the planet displaying true skill and determination,” said Dr. David J. Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). “These Veterans have overcome significant injuries and through intense rehabilitation and training, they have pushed themselves to the limit of athletic ability and competition.”
For a complete schedule of events and additional information about the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, visit www.wheelchairgames.org. Follow #NVWG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Hotline for Veteran Complaints
“According to a June 1 Military Times article by Leo Shane III, the President’s long-promised hotline for veteran complaints was officially launched on June 1. The phone line—live now at 855-948-2311—is designed to “collect, process, and respond to the complaints of individual veterans in a responsive, timely, and accountable manner,” according to Department of Veterans Affairs officials.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs will offer urgent mental health care beginning this summer to thousands of former service members with less-than-honorable discharges, part of its expanded initiative to stem stubbornly high rates of suicide.
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Portland VA Crisis Help Line
Portland VA Crisis Help Line
Good afternoon from VA Portland Health Care System:
I wanted to share this news that has been discussed in a number of venues I have been at over the past couple years.
VAPORHCS has changed our phone message and capabilities so when Veterans call us on our main number (503)220-8262 they can be connected directly to the Veterans Crisis Line by pressing “7.”
This is the new message:
“Welcome to the VA Portland Health Care System. If you are having a medical or mental health emergency, hang up and dial 911. If you are having thoughts of suicide, press 7 now to be connected with the Veterans Crisis line or you may call 1-800-273-8255 then press 1″.
Daniel E. Herrigstad
Public Affairs Officer
VA Portland Health Care System
Welcome New VA Medical Director
Here is a link to the VISN 20 press release announcing the selection of Michael Fisher as the new Director of VA Portland Health Care System.
Some of you may know Mr. Fisher as he was the Interim VAPORHCS Director for several months in 2014 and was a former VISN 20 Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Network Director.
Mr. Fisher’s start date is July 24, 2016. In the time between Dr. Burnett’s departure on July 8 to Mr. Fisher’s arrival on the 24th, our Deputy Director, Ms. Tracye Davis, will serve in an acting director capacity.