Health Transparency Website Launched

August 14, 2017

Patients who use military hospitals and clinics can better see how their facility is performing due to changes by the Military Health System to its transparency website. The website improvements include: (1) each military hospital and clinic now has a landing page; and (2) users can compare up to three nearby hospitals or clinics on one custom report. For more information, visit the MHS Quality, Patient Safety,…

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Eligibility for Veterans Choice

August 13, 2017

To be eligible for the Veterans Choice program (VCP), you must be enrolled in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and must also meet at least one of the following criteria: (1) you are told by your local VA medical facility that you will need to wait more than 30 days for an appointment; (2) you residence is more than a 40 mile driving…

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Managing PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder

August 10, 2017

A panel of experts from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) has developed the latest guideline for managing PTSD and acute stress disorder. The 2017 Clinical Practice Guideline (PDF) includes the most effective treatments for PTSD, rated both for the quality of the clinical studies and the strength of the recommendations. There are a number of treatment options including psychotherapy (talk…

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Daisy Mountain Veterans to Present Vehicle to Veteran in Distress – August 25, 2017, 10:00 A.M. – Anthem Veterans Memorial

August 10, 2017

ANTHEM, AZ – Daisy Mountain Veterans (DMV) President Mary Ann Derryberry announced today that the organization will present a donated vehicle to a deserving veteran on Friday, August 25th at the Anthem Veterans Memorial beginning at 10:00 a.m. This will be the eighth time the DMV has arranged for a vehicle to be presented to a veteran in need. “Gabriel” is a disabled Marine Corps…

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Vietnam Era Veterans Lapel Pinning Ceremony – Thursday, September 14, 2017

August 5, 2017

During our 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Medal ceremony last April, the Daisy Mountain Veterans (DMV) presented commemorative lapel pins to members who served in Vietnam. We have since learned that ANY veterans who served honorably between 1959 and 1975 (Vietnam Era) are eligible to receive this pin. They do not have to be members of our organization. On Thursday, September 14, 2017, we will…

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Bakersfield Woman, on Eve of 100th Birthday, Says She Joined Up Because She was ‘Mad at Hitler’

August 3, 2017

Bakersfield resident Miriam Kann is turning 100 on Aug. 5. That’s pretty wonderful, but not even close to being the most interesting thing about her. For example, Kann taught scores of military pilots during World War II how to fly by their instruments alone in low- or zero-visibility conditions — not the sort of job most women were steered toward in those days when “Rosies”…

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House Votes Unanimously to Extend VA Choice Program for 6 Months

August 2, 2017

After failing in the first try earlier last week, the House unanimously passed a $3.9 billion bill Friday to extend the Veterans Choice Program on private care for six months. The 419-0 vote on the emergency spending measure came after the Senate worked out a deal with House negotiators to add an amendment to the bill on the leasing of 28 new VA facilities in 17 states…

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House Passes New ‘Forever’ GI Bill

July 31, 2017

Without a single vote in opposition, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Monday night to expand the post-9/11 GI Bill and eliminate the 15-year time limit on the use of education benefits for new recruits. The vote was 405-0 in a rare display of bipartisanship in Congress on behalf of veterans seeking higher education after active duty service Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., chairman of the…

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