Kentucky Boyle Post 46
Helping others for a better Life!


1 MAY 2022


Post 46 Service Officer:  Gene Klaus, gaklaus28@gmail.com, 859-556-1420

 

Post Service Officers (PSO) from this area meet with Veterans on Fridays, that VA clinics are open, at the Sousley Campus (Leestown Campus) of the Lexington VAMC.  Time: 07:30 to 11:30 Place: Building 28, room 15.  (Building 28 is at the far right of the complex.)  Other times and places are available by arrangement as needed.

DISCUSSION

 



3-7-2022


Post 46 Service Officer: Gene Klaus, gaklaus28@gmail.com, 989-284-5972


Post Service Officers (PSO) from this area meet with Veterans on Fridays, that VA clinics are open, at the Sousley Campus (Leestown Campus) of the Lexington VAMC. Time: 07:30 to 11:30 Place: Building 28, room 15. (Building 28 is at the far right of the complex.) Other times and places are available by arrangement as needed.

Discussion

PTSD—a brief description


What is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)? PTSD is classified as a mental anxiety disorder. The condition is characterized by behavioral and physiological symptoms following exposure to an extreme traumatic stressful event – a traumatic stressor. A traumatic stressor involves direct personal exposure to:

  1. An actual or threatened death or injury to one’s self, or threat to another individual.

  2. Witnessing an event that involves death, injury, or a threat to another individual.

  3. Learning about unexpected or violent death, serious harm, or threat of death or injury experienced by a family member or close associate.

Response to the event (stressor) must involve feelings of intense fear, helplessness, or horror. Additionally, despite an individual’s persistent efforts to avoid conditions that could lead to the trauma he/she experienced, recurrences of the traumatic event occur (E.g., nightmares, “flashbacks”)


There are several types of PTSD claims recognized by the VA. These include:

  1. PTSD due to combat. E.g., POW experiences, events leading to a Purple Heart, close order combat.

  2. Non-combat PTSD. E.g., Plane crash, ship sinking, explosions, being a medic/burn unit medic, graves registration unit personnel.

  3. Personal Trauma PTSD. E.g., Personal assault (rape, domestic battering, robbery/mugging, stalking, sexual harassment.

  4. PTSD due to Hostile military or terrorist activities. E.g., IED explosion or fear of an explosion, incoming artillery, rocket, or mortar fire, small arms fire, attack on your aircraft.


Service connection for PTSD requires the presence of three elements: (1) credible supporting evidence that the claimed in-service stressor actually occurred; (2) a current diagnosis of PTSD, and (3) medical evidence of a connection between the current symptoms and in-service activities (that is a nexus must be demonstrated.)


For a stressor to be sufficient for PTSD, you must (1) be exposed to a traumatic event in which you experienced, witnessed, or were confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury or threat of physical injury to yourself or others and (2) your response must have involved a psychological or physiological state of fear, helplessness, or horror. Examples of proof/Evidence: Combat decorations, combat wounds, witnessing dead or severe injury to others that is documented, being a confirmed POW.


Primary evidence includes, but is not limited to radio logs, flight records, after action reports, and medals. Secondary evidence includes, not is limited to eye witness testimony (buddy statements), letters, and diaries.


The Veteran’s statement provides a description of the stressful incident. In order for the VA search for evidence to succeed, the description must be complete stating names of persons involved (if known), date of incident, unit of assignment, and location. The Veteran’s statement alone is sufficient to establish a stressor occurrence if PTSD was diagnosed while in the service, or the statement is credible based on the Veteran’s duties and event circumstances, and there is no clear and convincing evidence to the contrary. E.g. An IED explosion disabled the vehicle the Veteran was riding in and injured occupants. A Veteran’s aircraft was downed by enemy fire resulting is the Veteran ejecting. The Veteran alone is attacked and fights off intruders.


Each application is evaluated by trained VA professionals on its own merit and by current laws and regulations.


Burn Pit and Agent Orange update:

The VA is proposing adding rare cancers to the presumed service-connected list as related to military environmental exposure. The proposed list includes many respiratory cancers to include:

Squamous cell carcinomas of the larynx and trachea

  • Adenoma cell carcinoma of the trachea

  • Salivary gland-type tumors of the trachea and lung

  • Various cancers of the lung


These cancers will join the current presumptive illnesses of sinusitis, rhinitis, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and functional gastrointestinal disorders. There are others determined on an individual Veteran basis.


  1. A bill passed by the US House of Representatives on 3-3-2022 would expand benefits for post 9/11 Veterans sickened by burn pits and other battlefield pollutants. The bill includes many of those cancers listed above that the VA is adding to the presumptive list.


  1. The bill will also add hypertension and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance to the list of diseases linked to Agent Orange. This would include another 500,000+ Veteran exposed to agent orange.


  1. If the bill becomes law, it will expand the areas on the “use of Agent Orange” list to include all military bases in Thailand between 1962 and 1976, Laos between 12-1-65 to 9-30-68, certain areas of Cambodia, Guam and American Samoa between 1-9-62 and 7-31-1980, and Johnston Atoll between 1-1-72 and 9-30-1977.


The bill now goes to the Senate, where it has bi-partisan support.


Notes:

-Covid VA Update: As of March 4, 2022, two years after the pandemic started the VA is still dealing with thousands of active cases a day. In total over the past 24 months, 609,000 VA patients and employees have contracted Covid-19, with nearly 21,000 deaths (28 per day), 253 were VA employees.


The pandemic has had positive impacts on VA operations, as well as negative. E.g., The VA has increased patient remote video meetings from 2,500 pre pandemic, to approximately 41,000 today. This has given more patients access to VA services. The VA has also supported local civilian hospitals in rural area by sending staff to assist in overwhelmed hospitals.


Remember! 1)Surviving spouses of a Veteran can apply for compensation if the Veteran died of a compensable disease or secondary condition. The Veteran may or may not have been receiving compensation for the compensable condition. 2) Survivors may qualify for a needs-based pension.


VA Medical Center News Bulletin


****PLEASE SHARE!! *** NEW TRAFFIC PATTERNS AND CHECK IN PROCEDURES STARTING MONDAY AFFECTING ALL VETERANS AND EMPLOYEES.

Out of an abundance of caution and saftey, the Lexington VA will implement new entry procedures at our Sousley (Leestown Rd) and Cooper (adjacent to UK) Campuses MONDAY.

At BOWLING CAMPUS -- All Veterans and visitors must enter through the main door or the garage elevators and check in to the facility with the information desk or VA personal in the lobby. Veterans should still check in for their appointments at the Kiosk or with the clinic. All employees must enter through the Tower Entrance and show VA ID to enter. (After hours, employees should enter through main and show ID). All other doors to the facility, including the pedestrian walkway to UK will be locked and only accessible by VA employee ID (PIV). 

At SOUSLEY CAMPUS -- The gate not at the traffic light will be exit only; all traffic must enter Sousley Campus at the gate with the traffic light. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (similar to military bases), VA personnel will be located inside the gate to check you on to the facility. Employees should show PIV ID. 
- Access will be restricted to 7 doors throughout the entire campus. All other doors will require PIV access. Doors remaining open during the times listed above: 
    - Bldg 1, main entrance
    - Bldg 1, handicap entrance
    - Bldg 2, front entrance (door that leads to canteen)
    - Bldg 25 (mental health), main entrance
    - Bldg 17, (Audiology,) ramp entrance
    - Between Bldg 16/29 (poly-trauma, residential units  entrance) *this entrance will also remain open for visiting hours 7-9 p.m
    - Between 27/28 (CLC) ambulance entrance. *this entrance will remain open 24/7. 

At all COMMUNITY CLINICS -- access will be restricted to the main door. Veterans will need to check in upon entry. 

We recommend Veterans arrive early for their appointments, especially as we work through this new process. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


Veterans Transportation Program - Lexington VA Medical Center
Need a Ride to Your Appointment?










The Veterans Transportation Program is designed to assist veterans seeking treatment at the VAMC with their travel needs. Depending on your location, up to 2 services are available (see the schedule below). 
If you would like to participate in either the Veterans Transportation Service or DAV Volunteer Transportation please review the schedule below and call our coordinators and make arrangements.
·         For Veterans Transportation Service (VTS) please call 859-381-5912








VTS has the capability to transport Veterans who rely on assistance such as wheelchairs, large electric wheelchairs and scooters. 





  











·         For DAV Volunteer Transportation (DAV) please call 859-381-5902








Veterans utilizing the DAV Volunteer Transportation service must be ambulatory (capable of boarding and departing the van without the driver/s aid and attendance).












Areas Served











City ServedPick-Up LocationMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday





Berea Cracker BarrelVTSDAVVTS VTS NO SERVICE 





Campton Arby'sVTSVTSVTS VTS NO SERVICE 





Carlisle Door to DoorVTSDAV VTS DAV NO SERVICE 





Corbin Cracker Barrel VTSDAV VTSVTSNO SERVICE 





Crab Orchard Redi-Mart Gas Station VTSVTS VTSVTSNO SERVICE 





Cynthiana Walmart VTSVTS VTSVTSNO SERVICE 





Danville McDonalds VTSVTSVTSVTSNO SERVICE 





Flemingsburg McDonalds VTS VTS & DAVVTS VTS & DAVNO SERVICE 





Frankfort Door to Door  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV VTS & DAV





Georgetown Door to Door  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV





Harrodsburg Wendy's VTSVTS VTSVTSNO SERVICE 





Hazard VA Clinic VTSVTS VTSVTSNO SERVICE 





Irvine McDonalds VTSVTSVTS VTSNO SERVICE 





Jackson McDonalds  VTSVTSVTS VTSNO SERVICE 





Lancaster McDonalds VTSVTSVTS VTSNO SERVICE 





Lawrenceburg Lee's Famous Recipe VTS VTSVTS VTSNO SERVICE 





Lexington Door to Door  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV





London Cracker BarrelVTSDAV VTS VTSNO SERVICE 





Manchester Walmart VTSVTS VTSVTSNO SERVICE 





Maysville Kmart VTSDAV VTSDAVNO SERVICE 





Millersburg Door to Door VTSVTS & DAVVTS  VTS & DAVNO SERVICE 





Morehead VA Clinic VTSVTS VTSVTS VTS





Mt. Sterling Burger King VTSVTS VTS VTS VTS





Mt. Vernon McDonalds VTSVTSVTSVTSNO SERVICE 





Nicholasville Door to DoorVTS & DAVVTS & DAV  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV VTS & DAV





Owingsville Dairy Queen VTSVTSVTSVTS VTS





Paris Door to Door VTS DAV VTSDAV VTS





Richmond Cracker Barrel VTS & DAV DAVVTS & DAVVTSNO SERVICE 





Somerset Kmart VTSVTSVTS VTSNO SERVICE 





Stanford Walmart VTSVTSVTSVTSNO SERVICE 





Stanton Hardee's VTSVTS VTSVTSNO SERVICE 





Versailles Door to Door  VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV





Wilmore Door to Door  VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV 





Winchester Door to Door  VTS & DAV VTS & DAV  VTS & DAV  VTS & DAVVTS & DAV





Passenger Rules & Regulations (Partial List)










1)  All riders must be ambulatory (capable of boarding and departing the van without the drivers aid and attendance).





2) The driver is only permitted to stop the van for rest stops and/or emergencies, or to pick up and discharge passengers at designated pick-up points.


3) Passengers are not permitted to use tobacco products, drink alcohol, use foul and offensive language, or bring weapons, drugs, or any other illegal substance or items on the van.
4) Passengers will wear seat belt at all times.










5) It is the responsibility of the veteran to notify the appropriate local coordinator at the numbers above as soon as possible regarding appointments, cancellations, or any other changes.
6) Only articles small enough to be held on the veteran's lap or placed under the seat will be transported on the van.





7) Neither VTS or DAV is an emergency vehicle. The driver has the right to refuse transportation to any passenger whom he/she feels is too ill to ride the van.


7/18/2019















 

FEBRUARY 2022


Post 46 Service Officer: Gene Klaus, gaklaus@msn.com, 989-284-5972

Post Service Officers (PSO) from this area meet with Veterans on Fridays, that VA clinics are open, at the Sousley Campus (Leestown Campus) of the Lexington VAMC.  Time: 07:30 to 11:30 Place: Building 28, Room 15.  (Building 28 is at the far right of the complex).  Other times and places are available by arrangement as needed.

TIPS

We have discussed on this webpage who can become a VA medical patient and types of benefit claims.

 

What happens once benefits have been requested?  The typical process is as follows:


JANUARY 2022

 

Post 46 Service Officer:  Gene Klaus, gaklaus@msn.com, 989-284-5972

 

Post Service Officers (PSO) from this area meet with Veterans on Fridays, that VA clinics are open, at the Sousley Campus (Leestown Campus) of the Lexington VAMC.  Time: 07:30 to 11:30 Place: Building 28, room 15.  (Building 28 is at the far right of the complex.)  Other times and places are available by arrangement as needed.

 

SERVICE OFFICER TIPS

 

Benefits Overview

 

If you served in a branch of the active military and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may quality for VA health care benefits and other VA benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty (other than training unless on active duty) by a Federal Order and who completed the full period for which they were called ordered to active duty may also be eligible for VA health care.  Any qualified Veteran can apply for benefits.  The VA evaluates each application on an individual basis.

 

Type of VA benefits include, but are not limited to, healthcare and the GI Bill benefits of education and homeowner support.

 

Healthcare Benefits

 

The following are typically needed for a health care benefit application and should be provided or available at the time of application:

 

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