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State House Dome to be Illuminated Red, White and Blue for America’s Independence Day
Providence, RI— It is the policy of the Governor’s Office to grant requests for Dome lightings once they are submitted. Today (July 1) at 11:30 a.m., Governor Lincoln D. Chafee received a request by CMSgt John P. Gallo, President of the Rhode Island House Veterans Affairs Advisory Council, to illuminate the Dome of the Rhode Island State House red, white and blue on the evenings of July 3 through July 9. The Dome lighting will salute America, and recognize Veterans past and present for their sacrifices to preserve our freedoms and our way of life. Funding for the ceremonial lighting is being provided by Representative Jan Malik, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Representative Raymond E. Gallison Jr., former Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. “I believe that this gesture would demonstrate to all Rhode Islanders that our Governor Respects and honors all who have served to keep our country free and safe and their families who have also sacrificed,” Gallo said in a letter to Governor Chafee dated July 1.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island Awarded Grant to Help Veterans Obtain Employment
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) is proud to be a local recipient of a national Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) grant. The $225,000 grant will be used to help local veterans gain meaningful employment through career services including job placement and career counseling.
"Throughout America's history it has been our military members' training, values, leadership, team work and 'can do attitude' that carried our nation through the great challenges of our time. This top tier skill set makes hiring veterans an asset to any employer," said OSDRI's Executive Director Erik Wallin.
The United States Department of Labor's HVRP program awarded more than $36 million dollars in funding nationwide to 156 agencies that assist veterans in employment services. “Rhode Island’s congressional delegation was key in ensuring Rhode Island received its share of resources for its veterans especially given the state’ dismal unemployment numbers,” said Wallin.
"Our staff of military veterans recognizes the specific challenges facing returning veterans and we are honored to have this opportunity to help our brothers and sisters find employment after serving our country. It is part of OSDRI's mission to serve veterans and help them transition back into mainstream society after returning home from service," said Tony DeQuattro, President of OSDRI.
As part of its efforts to help struggling veterans get back on their feet, OSDRI is pleased to host its first annual job fair for veterans, featuring over 30 employers from across the state. The job fair will be held at the CCRI Warwick campus July 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ABOUT OPERATION STAND DOWN RI
Since 1993, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) has been Rhode Island's leader in providing supportive permanent and transitional housing for homeless and low income veterans. OSDRI operates 6 housing facilities throughout RI and distributes hundreds of thousands of dollars in temporary financial assistance to veterans throughout the community. These services include but are not limited to rental assistance, employment training and placement, food, clothing, coordination of federal and state benefits, and coordination of mental health and substance abuse treatment.
For more information visit www.OSDRI.org.
Independent 2013 Survey Shows Veterans Highly Satisfied with VA Care Higher rating than Private-Sector Hospitals on Average
WASHINGTON -- The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an independent customer service survey, ranks the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) customer satisfaction among Veteran patients among the best in the nation and equal to or better than ratings for private sector hospitals. The 2013 ACSI report assessed satisfaction among Veterans who have recently been patients of VA’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA) inpatient and outpatient services. ACSI is the nation’s only cross-industry measure of customer satisfaction, providing benchmarking between the public and private sectors.
In 2013, the overall ACSI satisfaction index for VA was 84 for inpatient care and 82 for outpatient care, which compares favorably with the U.S. hospital industry (scores of 80 and 83, respectively). Since 2004, the ACSI survey has consistently shown that Veterans give VA hospitals and clinics a higher customer satisfaction score, on average, than patients give private sector hospitals. These overall scores are based on specific feedback on customer expectations, perceived value and quality, responsiveness to customer complaints, and customer loyalty. One signature finding for 2013 is the continuing high degree of loyalty to VA among Veterans, with a score of 93 percent favorable. This score has remained high (above 90 percent) for the past ten years.
“Every day, our dedicated VA employees, many of whom are Veterans themselves, strive to provide millions of Veterans with the excellent care they have earned and deserve,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Our Nation’s Veterans deserve the best care, and the ACSI survey results help us better understand how Veterans feel about their overall health care experience at VA. There is always more work to do, and we are focused on continuous improvement to the care we provide.”
Additionally, Veterans strongly endorsed VA health care, with 91 percent offering positive assessments of inpatient care and 92 percent for outpatient care. When asked if they would use a VA medical center the next time they need inpatient care or outpatient care, Veterans overwhelmingly indicated they would (96 and 95 percent, respectively).
Veterans also responded positively to questions related to customer service for both VA inpatient care (92 percent favorable) and outpatient care (91 percent). Medical providers and appointment personnel were considered highly courteous with scores of 92 and 91, respectively. Additionally, VA medical providers ranked high in professionalism (90 percent positive).
“VA’s strategy of providing a personalized, proactive, patient-driven approach to health care is positively impacting Veterans’ experiences at our 1700 sites of care nationwide,” said Dr. Robert A. Petzel, VA’s Under Secretary for Health. “We are transitioning to a health service focused on Veterans’ personal health care goals, and this is reflected in the ACSI score.”
With over eight million Veterans enrolled, VA operates the largest integrated health care delivery system in the United States. Our mission is to honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA provides a broad range of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services. VA provided 89.7 million outpatient visits last fiscal year. VA has 236,000 health care appointments per day.
ACSI – VHA Inpatient Survey: http://www.va.gov/health/docs/VA2013InpatientACSI.pdf ACSI – VHA
Outpatient Survey: http://www.va.gov/health/docs/VA2013OutpatientACSI.pdf
For more information about VA health care visit: http://www.va.gov/health/.
For information about Providence VA Medical Center visit: http://www.providenceva.gov
VA Dental Insurance Program
The VA is implementing a comprehensive national VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) to give enrolled Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries the opportunity to purchase dental insurance through Delta Dental and MetLife at a reduced cost. Participation is voluntary. Purchasing a dental plan does not affect Veterans’ eligibility for VA dental services and treatment. VADIP opens November 15 for the purchasing of plans, with coverage beginning January 1, 2014.
Covered services include diagnostic, preventative, surgical, emergency and endodontic/restorative treatment. Delta Dental and MetLife are offering multiple plans. Each participant pays the fixed monthly premiums for coverage and any copayments required, depending on the type of plan selected.
Dependents of Veterans, except those eligible under CHAMPVA, are not authorized to participate in VADIP. Those individuals may be eligible for separate dental insurance coverage offered by these carriers.
For more information about VADIP, explore the VA's brochure, fact sheet, and "Frequently Asked Questions" brochure below within the "VA (US)" file folder under the "TAA Document Library".
You can enroll online at www.deltadentalvadip.org. If you don’t have internet access, you can pick up an enrollment form at the Providence VA Regional Office, 380 Westminster Street, Suite 201. I also have enrollment forms.
Rhode Island National Guard Retirees' 2014 Meeting Schedule - Remaining Dates
Schofield Armory, 705 New London Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920-3097
Coffee @ 9AM followed by Meeting @ 10AM
Saturday, September 13th
Saturday, December 13th
Guest speakers at each meeting. Come join them!
You will find flyers/brochures for the following events under the "TAA Document Library" below within the "Event Flyers" file folder.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island Job Fair for Veterans (July 24, 2014)
8th Annual Military Police Regimental Association for Rhode Island Golf Tournament (August 4, 2014)
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island 6th Annual Golf Tournament (August 23, 2014)
40th Annual Colonel Bruce Warren Golf Tournament (September 19, 2014)
FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS, DEPENDENTS & SURVIVORS
2013 ONLINE EDITION
You will find below the PDF version under the TAA Document Library within the VA (US) file.
The following website provides a wealth of VA information specific to the Guard and Reserve.
Did You Live at Camp Lejeune from the 1950s - 1980s?
The following website provides current information regarding this subject.
Reintegration Resources for Service Members
Courtesy of VA for Vets