Commander Terry Janke
COMMANDERS ACTION NETWORK
Posted: September 18, 2020
H.R. 7504, the VA Clinical TEAM Culture Act of 2020, would require mental health providers participating in VA’s Community Care Network program to meet the same clinical standards and requirements as those applicable to VA mental health providers. It would further require that community care providers engage in training on military culture and a number of other courses including, screening and management of suicidal ideation, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
DAV has had longstanding concerns about the inability to gauge the quality and accessibility of services provided by non-VA providers for specialized mental health care—particularly for treatment of conditions unique to military service such as post-traumatic stress disorder related to combat and military sexual trauma. A 2018 study published by the RAND Corporation found that many non-VA providers surveyed expressed reservations about their lack of preparedness for treating conditions related to veterans’ military service.
DAV strongly believes that veterans deserve the same standard of care when seeking care through VA’s Community Care Network. We support H.R. 7504, in accordance with DAV Resolution No. 378, which notes that care provided to veterans in the community, when VA care is inaccessible, should be delivered through responsive integrated networks that deliver culturally competent, high quality evidence-based care.
Please use the prepared letter to urge your Representative to support passage of H.R. 7504—the VA Clinical TEAM Culture Act of 2020.
Thank you for your support of the Commander’s Action Network.
Posted: July 2, 2020
It has always been my belief that boosting morale is one of the primary duties of any commander be it a military unit or a veterans' organization. With that in mind since the beginning of our current COVID-19 crisis I have attempted on numerous occasions to draft an inspiring message to the Chapter. I truly wish I had the linguistic ability to lift everyone's spirits, but alas I do not. I can tell you that although we have not been able to meet since February the Chapter continues to do its job and to assist the area's veterans within the limitations placed upon us.
Here's the update:
Commander: I continue to search for a venue that will allow our normal 40 - 50 member general membership meeting while obeying social distancing guidelines.
Senior Vice Commander Michael Haywood: Michael continues to process membership applications and report the Chapter's Volunteer hours to national.
1st Junior Vice Commander John Ballard: In addition the driving for the Pahrump Valley Public Transportation System and VETrans John has been busy providing wheelchairs, etc. to those in need.
Adjutant Victoria Brazzle: Is still passing along pertinent information from varying resources.
Treasurer Ralph Baker: In addition to insuring our bills are paid Ralph has been working diligently on the Chapter's Annual Financial Report to National.
Chaplain Doug Garlin: Doug has been busy keeping up with visits to ill comrades, sending cards as necessary, and, assisted by Comrade Bruce Cook, delivering sweets to staff at Desert View Hospital.
Trust Committee: Carl Jones, Greg Cardarelli and Tom Waters were recently able to assist a veteran facing eviction. Their prompt action gave the veteran what he needed to maintain his residence and get back on his feet.
Chapter Service Officers: Bob Hammond, Steve Chase, Stephen Pittman IV and Cathy Girard - have recently been allowed to reopen their office at Desert View Hospital though on a limited basis. They are once again assisting veterans and family members on Wednesdays only (8 - 12 & 1 - 4).
Chapter Executive Committee: Continues to meet by phone conference each month.
So, we shall continue and I am confident we shall prevail. One thing we know for sure is our membership in the DAV alone is proof we have faced hard times before.
Better times are coming so please stay safe and we hope to see you soon.
Posted: January 16, 2020