From the Service Officer
If you have not entered the VA Medical System, but are a Vietnam Veteran who was in Country with boots on the ground, you need to Mark the top of your VA application with “Vietnam Veteran, Priority 6” with a Black Magic Marker so it can be clearly seen. You are automatically eligible for VA medical benefits if you were there. You should also submit an Agent Orange Medical Exam form, so if they discover you are having any affects from exposure, you will be put on the Agent Orange Registry and are entitled to a disability.
For those of you who do not know me, I am Dennis McKinley, a Vietnam Era Vet, who volunteered to become the Post Service Officer. The first thing you must know about using any of the Local, (Diplomat Parkway, Cape Coral) medical and support services or the Bay Pines VA medical services and hospital is that the Veteran has to be registered in the VA System. If you have questions or need help in getting registered contact me at 239-283-1534 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through Post 136 by sending an e-mail to email@example.com with a subject of “For Service Officer”.
- Mesothelioma Cancer: The goal is to reach veterans and their families who have been affected by mesothelioma and connect them to our website which offers free veteran specific resources and support. 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, since 2004 over 5,000 veterans have died from mesothelioma. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. A large part of our mission is to help spread awareness to veterans and their families. http://www.asbestos.com/veterans/
2. Vietnam era veterans: This came from a Post 136 member for the members of the Vietnam era. It is not a VA message, which is what I represent, but it is a member’s interest, so I think it is appropriate to pass onto the post. It brings back a lot of tears and a lot of healing at the same time. following link, www.virtualwall.com
Some of the programs being offered at Cape Coral facility are:
- Smoking Cessation (Referral through your VA primary Doctor)
- Weight Loss, (MOVE Program) (Referral through your VA primary Doctor)
- Mental Health (PTSD/Depression/Suicide) – Contact Ryan Wilson MSA Mental Health at 239-651-1800 ext. 21490
- Drug/Alcohol Abuse (Referral through your VA primary Doctor)
Women Veterans full range of reproductive health services (Referral through your VA primary Doctor)
For God and Country, Dennis McKinley, Service officer