The Veterans Administration Medical Center’s Mobile Outreach Clinic Van visits our Post at 3304 Bay Avenue on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
Area veterans are offered primary care services including medical history and physicals, management of acute and chronic illnesses, women’s health and patient education. Ancillary services offered include immunizations and lab services. A social worker is available for assistance with eligibility/enrollment, mental health referrals, and identification of resources available to veterans.
The clinic van is available at a number of other sites as well as our own Post.
Walk-in visitations are welcome, but reservations are recommended. Contact Alisha Delgado of the Wilmington, Delaware Veterans Administration Medical Center at (302) 668-4371 or email: Alisha.Delgado@va.gov
The Post 524 contact is Tom Tumelty, Service Officer. He can be reached at (609) 398-8432 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
800-461-8262 X 2800
Hours of operation are: Monday - Friday | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
*Beginning September 21, the clinic will also be open on alternating Wednesdays until 6:30 p.m.
Cumberland County Community Based Outpatient Clinic
1051 West Sherman Avenue | Building 3 | Unit B
Vineland, New Jersey 08360
800-461-8262 X 6500
Hours of operation are:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
*Beginning September 29, the clinic will also be open on alternating Thursdays until 6:30 p.m.
**Please note that there will be no extended hours during weeks that include a federal holiday.
VA’s Office of Women’s Health Services (WHS) is partnering with the Office of Women's Mental Health to increase awareness about depression as it relates to women Veterans. Today’s woman Veterans could be our sisters, aunts, mothers, grandmothers or great-grandmothers, with several generations of women veterans in a single family unit. The generational, geographic and culturally diverse cohorts of women Veterans may have unique mental health needs when it comes to seeking help, services and treatment for depression.
VA seeks to increase awareness about depression and help inform women Veterans of information and services available to help them understand, identify and seek treatment for depression. Depression is the most common diagnosis among women Veterans. It goes largely unrecognized. The good news is that it is treatable.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR WOMEN VETERANS
VA offers a full range of mental health services for women Veterans, including outpatient, residential and inpatient services. Women Veterans can call the Women’s Call Center at 855-829-6636, or download and read VA’s Mental Health Guide (see page 17) to learn more about the available services, which include assessment and evaluation, medication management, and individual and group psychotherapy. Specialty services are available to target diagnoses such as PTSD, substance abuse, depression, conditions related to military sexual trauma (MST), and homelessness.
There is always hope and VA can help.
Did you know that you may be able to receive free community-based counseling at one of 300 VA Vet Centers across the country—even if you are not enrolled in VA health care?
Vet Centers provide individual and group counseling, and outreach and referral services to Veterans and active duty Servicemembers who served in any combat zone, area of hostility, experienced a military sexual trauma, or served as part of a drone crew.
Vet Centers are staffed primarily by Veterans, many of them combat Veterans. They can help you and your family with:
Transitioning, readjustment, and issues related to marriage, family, and bereavement.
Referrals to VA health care and benefits, employment, and other community services.
Making connections to other Veterans and support in your community.
To learn more about Vet Centers and to find out which VA benefits you may be eligible for, visit explore.VA.gov.
Watch this video to see how Vet Centers have changed the lives of other Veterans.
Do you have a difficult time getting out of your house because of your physical or medical condition? VA medical staff can come to your home to provide Primary Care instead of you visiting the VA Medical Center or Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).
VA Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) is a unique home care program that provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary, primary care in the homes of Veterans with complex medical, social, and behavioral conditions for whom routine clinic-based care is not effective.
In contrast to other home care systems that target patients with short-term remediable needs and provide episodic, time-limited and focused skilled services, HBPC targets patients with complex, chronic, progressively disabling disease and provides comprehensive, long term home care.
HBPC is designed to serve the chronically ill through the months and years before death, providing primary care, palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management and coordination of care services.
There are four (4) teams that supply VA Home Based Primary Care, depending on where you live in the district. Attached is an overview of the Northfield Team and they can direct you to the team that services your area. Their telephone number is 1-800-461-8262 ext. 2843.
Veterans Who Need Routine Audiology and Optometry Appointments Will Soon Be Able To Directly Schedule Appointments
Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Medical Centers will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA Audiology and Optometry clinics without a primary care referral – a move that eliminates multiple steps and gets Veterans into appointments quicker. Before now, Veterans seeking appointments with audiologists or optometrists had to first make an appointment with a primary care physician for a referral for a routine clinic consult visit. A clinic representative would contact the patient to set up the consult appointment, which could result in a several weeks’-long lag between the appointment and when the Veteran was actually seen. The new process, the Audiology and Optometry Direct Scheduling Initiative, which began as a successful pilot at three sites in 2015, is being expanded to all VA Medical Centers.
“The Audiology and Optometry Direct Scheduling Initiative allows Veterans who need eye and ear care to be seen sooner,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “It also has the benefit of freeing up primary care physicians so access to primary care improves for other Veterans as well. This kind of process improvement is exactly the type of innovation we expected when we launched MyVA in 2014. In the end, we changed a VA process by considering the needs of our Veterans, a change that allows for more timely care and an improved Veteran experience.”
VA has increased salaries for physicians and dentists to close the pay gap with the private sector and to make VA an employer of choice. With more competitive salaries, VA will be better positioned to retain and hire more health care providers to care for Veterans.
“We want our Veterans and those who care for them to know that we are doing everything that we can to improve their experience with VA and to provide the care our Veterans deserve in a thoughtful and timely way,” said VA Under Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin.“We have made progress, but know there is more work to be done. This Audiology and Optometry Direct Scheduling Initiative is one of many initiatives underway to improve Veterans access to care.”
The Audiology and Optometry Direct Scheduling Initiative is expected to be fully operational within all VA Medical Centers by the end of 2016.
The Cape May County Clerk's Office records and maintains U.S. Military Honorable Discharge documents (DD214) for veterans. Protect your right to receive veterans benefits by ensuring the security and future access of your military discharge record.
The Cape May County Clerk's Office provides Veteran's Photo Identification Cards to veterans who record their U.S. Military Honorable Discharge document. The Veteran's Photo Identification card may be used to obtain discounts offered by participating merchants/ vendors.
The Cape May County Clerk's Office issues Vendor Licenses to honorably discharged soldiers, sailors, marines, nurses or army field clerks as well as exempt firefighters.
The above link connects to a list of businesses and service providers that have registered with the Cape May County Clerk their discounts and special offers to veterans who show their Cape May County Veteran's Photo Identification Card. This list is not a complete list of all who provide discounts to veterans. It will change frequently and businesses reserve the right to change the offer at any time.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.
People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.
PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.
Featured PTSD News
The Department of Defense today announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. More
National Center for PTSD
PTSD Discussion Forum
What You Need to Know About PTSD
Readjustment Counseling Resources
PTSD Facts for Veterans
PTSD Information for Guard and Reserve Members
Military Severly Injured Center Articles
Army Behavioral Health Website
NURSING HOMES UPDATE
All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.
Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.
Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.
Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/
Online version http://www1.va.gov/OPA/vadocs/current_benefits.asp
PDF Download in English http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
VA War-Related Illness and Injury Center http://www.vagov/WRIICSC-DC
National Foundation for Women Legislations (www.womenlegislators.org)
Vietnam Women Veterans - Almost ten thousand women were there.
For a list of not only the women who gaves their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women's casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives
Salon.com has featured an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled "Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets."
Women in Vietnam
The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project's new website is at: VWMP