West Michigan Veterans Coalition

Monday, November 18, 2013

WWII Homecoming

February - March 1973 - Air Force Reserve C-...
Agenda
I.

Welcome

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Spotlight Session:
i.

10:10 AM - Evolution of the Greater Grand Rapids...
In the beginning…
• The Grand Rapids Veterans Forum
• Year 2010–
Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
Goodwill Indu...
The next step…
2013 - 2014 –
West Michigan Veterans Coalition
• Formation of Advisory Board
• Education, Employment, Healt...
What to expect…
Objectives:
To identify resources, find solutions for key issues,

and communicate to the collective group...
Education
• Military Education Benefits

• Financial Aid
• Military Friendly Schools
• Support Resources

• From Military ...
Employment
• Challenges transitioning to civilian
employment
• Transfer of skills
• Job searching skills
• Disabilities

•...
Healthcare
• Reintegration Counseling

• Utilizing the VA
• Health Benefits
• Mental Health

• Support Resources
• Outreac...
Quality of Life
• Housing
• Homelessness
• Substance Abuse
• Transportation
• Sources of Support
• Family Support
• Other ...
West Michigan Veterans Coalition
Greater Grand Rapids Veterans
Services Forum
11/18/2013
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
MVAA Mission Statement
To serve as the central coordinating point,
connecting those who have served in the
United States A...
MVAA Vision
For Michigan to be the most veteran-friendly state,
by:
• Providing the advice and assistance veterans need
as...
Goals
• Develop and Maintain a Strong Michigan Veterans
Affairs Agency
• Improve Communications
• Improve and Enhance Vete...
www.MichiganVeterans.com
Vet Center
Readjustment Counseling Services for Veterans
Readjustment Counseling Service
We are the community-based professionals
within the VA who welcome home the war
veteran by...
Vet Centers’ History
• First organized by veterans for veterans
• Storefront outreach to Vietnam Vets
• Significant number...
Veterans serving Veterans
Mission of
Readjustment Counseling Services
Vet Centers serve veterans and their families by providing a
continuum of qual...
Vet Center Goals
• Provide a broad range of services to Veterans
and their families
– Counseling
– Outreach
– Referrals

•...
Services Provided
•Individual and group counseling

•Marital/family/couples counseling
•Spouse/significant other counselin...
Services Provided
•Counseling for military sexual trauma
•Referral to alcohol/drug counseling

•Employment opportunity ref...
Transition from Warrior to Civilian
Mobile Vet Center
Cost/Eligibility
• How does the veteran pay for these services,
and who is eligible?
The veteran has already paid for this...
Keeping the Promise

“…to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and
for his widow and his orphan” – Abraham Lincol...
Grand Rapids Vet Center Staff
Darryl P. Plunkett, Ph.D.
Team Leader

Dawn Thurkettle
Program Assistant

Tracy Castillo, MA...
How to Contact Us
Grand Rapids Vet Center
2050 Breton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: (616) 285-5795
Fax (616) 285-5898
Questions?
James Arringdale, LMSW
Julie Ferguson, RN, BSN
Caregiver Support Coordinators
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Cente...
Overview
 Veteran Services – Federal, State, County and
Veteran Organizations

What is the VA Caregiver Support
Program?...
Veteran Services
• U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs - Federal Veteran Cemeteries, Veterans

Benefits Administration, Vet...
History
 February 2009

Caregiver Support Point of Contact at VA Medical Centers

 December 2009

Creating Confident Car...
1. VA Caregiver Support - U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs
Jul 7, 2011 ... Welcome to the New VA Caregiver Support webs...
VAMC Caregiver Support Coordinator
Works with Caregivers of Veterans
 Coordinate the application to the Program of Compre...
VAMC Caregiver Support Coordinator
Works with VA Medical Center Staff
 Serve as the “caregiver expert” within the Medical...
VAMC Caregiver Support Coordinator
Works with the Community
 Provide outreach to the community, including distributing

e...
Public Law 111-163
“Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus
Health Services Act of 2010”
Section 101
Assistance and Support Servic...
All General Caregivers Receive:
All Eras
•In person education
•Interactive Web site
•Telehealth training
•Teaching techniq...
Qualification for the Program of
Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
1. Veteran must have sustained a serious i...
Caregiver Benefits for Veterans of all Eras
In-Home and Community Based Care programs
Caregiver Education and Training p...
VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

Health Care
Extended Care and Caregiver Support Services
Contact Person: Social Worker
___...
Veterans Health Administration
Extended Care Services
Contact Person: Social Worker
Homemaker/Home Health Aide = Personal ...
SOCIAL WORKERS
Battle Creek VA Health System
Alison Tegel, LMSW
Grand Rapids VA Outpatient Clinic

1-888-214-1247

x37537
...
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center(122Q)
5500 Armstrong Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037-7314
(888)214-1247

VA Comm...
The Bottom Line
 The Department of Veteran Affairs is expanding efforts

to provide support for caregivers of Veterans of...
Questions
Thank You
West Michigan Veterans Coalition November 18, 2013 Quarterly Meeting
West Michigan Veterans Coalition November 18, 2013 Quarterly Meeting
West Michigan Veterans Coalition November 18, 2013 Quarterly Meeting
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West Michigan Veterans Coalition Quarterly Meeting on November 18, 2013. The presentation is about the change from the Greater Grand Rapids Veterans Services Forum to the West Michigan Veterans Coalition. Creation of four subcommittees; Education, Employment, Healthcare, Quality of Life.

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  • March 20, 2013
  • West Michigan Veterans Coalition November 18, 2013 Quarterly Meeting

    1. 1. West Michigan Veterans Coalition Monday, November 18, 2013 WWII Homecoming February - March 1973 - Air Force Reserve C-141 and C-9 associate aircrews, medical, aeromedical, casualty assistance, legal, chaplain, and intelligence personnel supported Operation Homecoming of the return of American POWs from North Vietnam. Members of the 126th Cavalry Squadron are welcomed back to West Michigan during a ceremony at Caledonia High School. (Oct. 19, 2012)
    2. 2. Agenda I. Welcome II. Pledge of Allegiance III. Spotlight Session: i. 10:10 AM - Evolution of the Greater Grand Rapids Veterans Services Forum ii. 10:40AM - Kristina Leonardi, Strategy Division, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency iii. 10:55 AM- Break iv. 11:05 AM - Darryl Plunkett, PhD, Team Leader, Grand Rapids VetCenter v. 11:30 AM - James Arringdale, LMSW – Caregiver Support Coordinator, Veteran Community Partnership Coordinator IV. NOON – Lunch provided by Davenport University V. 1:00PM End West Michigan Veterans Coalition
    3. 3. In the beginning… • The Grand Rapids Veterans Forum • Year 2010– Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Goodwill Industries - Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids Housing Urban Development Health Care for Homeless Veterans Kent County Department of Veterans Affairs Michigan Rehabilitation Services VA- Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment VetCenter 319 South Division Street, Grand Rapids • 2011 - Veterans Cooperative Committee • 2012 - Greater Grand Rapids Veterans Services Forum West Michigan Veterans Coalition
    4. 4. The next step… 2013 - 2014 – West Michigan Veterans Coalition • Formation of Advisory Board • Education, Employment, Healthcare, Quality of Life • Name change • Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency & Altarum Institute West Michigan Veterans Coalition
    5. 5. What to expect… Objectives: To identify resources, find solutions for key issues, and communicate to the collective group. • Areas of concentration: Education, Employment, Healthcare, Quality of Life • Subcommittees meet in between quarterly meetings via phone conferencing, email, in person. MISSION: The West Michigan Veterans Coalition is collaboration between local military friendly organizations that provide support, information, and resources to veterans and their families, employers, and other organization throughout West Michigan. We meet quarterly to highlight military friendly organizations and businesses, network with one another, and to help promote and enhance services to our heroes. West Michigan Veterans Coalition
    6. 6. Education • Military Education Benefits • Financial Aid • Military Friendly Schools • Support Resources • From Military Service to Academia • Outreach/Marketing West Michigan Veterans Coalition
    7. 7. Employment • Challenges transitioning to civilian employment • Transfer of skills • Job searching skills • Disabilities • Resources • Military Friendly Employers • Outreach/Marketing West Michigan Veterans Coalition
    8. 8. Healthcare • Reintegration Counseling • Utilizing the VA • Health Benefits • Mental Health • Support Resources • Outreach/Research West Michigan Veterans Coalition
    9. 9. Quality of Life • Housing • Homelessness • Substance Abuse • Transportation • Sources of Support • Family Support • Other Insurance • Veterans Justice • Outreach/Marketing West Michigan Veterans Coalition
    10. 10. West Michigan Veterans Coalition
    11. 11. Greater Grand Rapids Veterans Services Forum 11/18/2013
    12. 12. Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
    13. 13. MVAA Mission Statement To serve as the central coordinating point, connecting those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and their families, to services and benefits throughout the State of Michigan.
    14. 14. MVAA Vision For Michigan to be the most veteran-friendly state, by: • Providing the advice and assistance veterans need as they transition through the chapters of their lives; • Creating a “no wrong door” customer service culture; and • Advocating for and on behalf of veterans and their families.
    15. 15. Goals • Develop and Maintain a Strong Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency • Improve Communications • Improve and Enhance Veterans Services Delivery • Enhance Interagency Collaboration and Leverage Partnerships • Define and Promote Veterans through Legislative Action
    16. 16. www.MichiganVeterans.com
    17. 17. Vet Center Readjustment Counseling Services for Veterans
    18. 18. Readjustment Counseling Service We are the community-based professionals within the VA who welcome home the war veteran by providing top-quality, compassionate readjustment assistance to the veteran and their family in order to facilitate a successful return to civilian life within their community.
    19. 19. Vet Centers’ History • First organized by veterans for veterans • Storefront outreach to Vietnam Vets • Significant numbers still having readjustment issues. • Main idea was peer to peer counseling • Enacted by Congress in 1979 – PL 96-22 • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) • Separate charter and scope of operation
    20. 20. Veterans serving Veterans
    21. 21. Mission of Readjustment Counseling Services Vet Centers serve veterans and their families by providing a continuum of quality care that adds value for veterans, families, and communities. Care includes professional readjustment counseling, community education, outreach to special populations, the brokering of services with community agencies, and provides a key access link between the veteran and other services in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
    22. 22. Vet Center Goals • Provide a broad range of services to Veterans and their families – Counseling – Outreach – Referrals • Promote a satisfying postwar readjustment to civilian life
    23. 23. Services Provided •Individual and group counseling •Marital/family/couples counseling •Spouse/significant other counseling/group •Grief/bereavement counseling for family members of military personnel who die on activity duty (including reservist and national guard personnel)
    24. 24. Services Provided •Counseling for military sexual trauma •Referral to alcohol/drug counseling •Employment opportunity referrals •Benefit and assistance referrals •Liaison to other VA facilities/services
    25. 25. Transition from Warrior to Civilian
    26. 26. Mobile Vet Center
    27. 27. Cost/Eligibility • How does the veteran pay for these services, and who is eligible? The veteran has already paid for this service with his or her sacrifice to our country. They only need to provide a DD 214 form showing service time in a combat theater.
    28. 28. Keeping the Promise “…to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan” – Abraham Lincoln.
    29. 29. Grand Rapids Vet Center Staff Darryl P. Plunkett, Ph.D. Team Leader Dawn Thurkettle Program Assistant Tracy Castillo, MA, LLP Readjustment Counselor Jennifer Dean, MA, LPC Readjustment Counselor Brian Gripentrog, LMSW Readjustment Counselor Gloria Newmiller, LMFT Readjustment Counselor Joe Martinez, MA, LLPC Readjustment Counselor
    30. 30. How to Contact Us Grand Rapids Vet Center 2050 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Phone: (616) 285-5795 Fax (616) 285-5898
    31. 31. Questions?
    32. 32. James Arringdale, LMSW Julie Ferguson, RN, BSN Caregiver Support Coordinators Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (122HCHV) 5500 Armstrong Road Battle Creek, MI 49037-7314 (616)356-1806 James.Arringdale@va.gov
    33. 33. Overview  Veteran Services – Federal, State, County and Veteran Organizations What is the VA Caregiver Support Program?  Role of the Caregiver Support Coordinator  Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers  General Caregiver Benefits  Veteran Benefits Administration programs  The Bottom Line
    34. 34. Veteran Services • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs - Federal Veteran Cemeteries, Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration • State of Michigan - Department of Military and Veteran Affairs Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Marquette, MI Veterans Trust Fund in each county Veteran Affairs Offices in each county Funds for Veteran Service Organizations to employ Veteran Service Officers Tuition Grant Program Depository for Veteran’s records • Veteran Service Organizations – National, MI, Local Posts, Support, Services Disable American Veterans American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars Marine Corp League • Multiple other organizations serving Post 9/11/2001 Veterans
    35. 35. History  February 2009 Caregiver Support Point of Contact at VA Medical Centers  December 2009 Creating Confident Caregivers – VA (Michigan)  May 2010 Congress passes Veterans Omnibus Bill which includes a special focus upon Caregivers of Post 911 Veterans and Veterans of all eras  February 1, 2011 VA Caregiver Support Line begins operation  April 1, 2011 VA Central Office funds full-time Caregiver Support Coordinators ( CGSC)  May 9, 2011 Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers begins  July 1, 2011 First Stipend and Champ VA benefits are awarded  October 2013 Around 11,000 Veterans nationwide approved for Family Caregiver Benefits and growing number of programs for Veterans of all eras.
    36. 36. 1. VA Caregiver Support - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Jul 7, 2011 ... Welcome to the New VA Caregiver Support website. Get started by learning about the services and support available to you as the Family ... www.caregiver.va.gov/ - Cached - Similar
    37. 37. VAMC Caregiver Support Coordinator Works with Caregivers of Veterans  Coordinate the application to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers  Respond to referrals from the National Caregiver Support Line  Conduct caregiver assessments  Develop and run caregiver support groups and educational workshops  Provide supportive counseling  Assist Veterans who are themselves caregivers  Provide referral to VA and community programs and resources  Serve as an advocate for the rights and services of caregivers and Veterans
    38. 38. VAMC Caregiver Support Coordinator Works with VA Medical Center Staff  Serve as the “caregiver expert” within the Medical Center  Advise and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams  Provide education and in-service training to VAMC employees  Provide ongoing consultation and support to colleagues regarding caregiver support  Coordinate programming in November for National Family Caregiver Month
    39. 39. VAMC Caregiver Support Coordinator Works with the Community  Provide outreach to the community, including distributing educational materials provided by VA, to local, state and national caregiver organizations  Work with local, area and state Veteran and Caregiver organizations to create seamless access to and transitions among care and support services for Veterans and Caregivers [Veteran Community Partnership (VCP); Aging & Disability Resource Centers; Caregiver Resource Network]  Establish and maintain a facility Caregiver Support Program Council comprised of Veterans, Caregivers, facility staff and members of the community
    40. 40. Public Law 111-163 “Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010” Section 101 Assistance and Support Services for Caregivers
    41. 41. All General Caregivers Receive: All Eras •In person education •Interactive Web site •Telehealth training •Teaching techniques, strategies, and skills for caring •Counseling and other services under § 1782 •Respite care, age and medically appropriate, including in home under §1720B • Information on all available VA/community services Family Caregivers Additionally Receive: Post 9-11 Only •Appropriate instruction and training •Travel, lodging, and per diem for training •Lodging and subsistence for appointments •Respite care during training •Ongoing technical support •Counseling Primary Family Caregivers Additionally Receive: Post 9-11 Only •Monthly caregiver stipend •Appropriate mental health services •Health care coverage
    42. 42. Qualification for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers 1. Veteran must have sustained a serious injury including Traumatic Brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, on or after September 11, 2001. 2. Veteran must be in need of personal care services because of an inability to perform one or more activities of daily living and/or need supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological impairment or injury. 3. Veteran must be enrolled for VA health services. 4. Veteran must have an eligible (unpaid)Primary Family Caregiver. • Family member who provides care for veteran as described above. • Non-Family member who lives with veteran and provides care for veteran as described above.
    43. 43. Caregiver Benefits for Veterans of all Eras In-Home and Community Based Care programs Caregiver Education and Training programs Caregiver Support Groups, Counseling and Activities VA Medical Foster Homes Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic and Sensory Aides, Home Modification and Transportation
    44. 44. VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION Health Care Extended Care and Caregiver Support Services Contact Person: Social Worker ______________________________________________________________________________ VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION All Other Benefits VA Pensions and Aid & Attendance Contact Person: Veteran Service Officer
    45. 45. Veterans Health Administration Extended Care Services Contact Person: Social Worker Homemaker/Home Health Aide = Personal Care Assistance In-Home Respite Care = A break for the Caregiver Veteran-Directed Home Care = Severely disable veterans Adult Day Health Care = Caregiver break and socialization Inpatient Respite Care = BC VAMC Community Living Center Home Based Primary Care = Long-term chronic medical care
    46. 46. SOCIAL WORKERS Battle Creek VA Health System Alison Tegel, LMSW Grand Rapids VA Outpatient Clinic 1-888-214-1247 x37537 Bonny Wood, LMSW & Kevin Holzinger, LMSW Battle Creek VA Medical Center x32514 Camilla Martin, LMSW Grand Rapids VA Outpatient Clinic x37569 Coral Breinneise, LMSW Benton Harbor VA Outpatient Clinic Ken Wilson, LMSW Lansing VA Outpatient Clinic Rosemarie Facilla, LMSW Muskegon VA Outpatient Clinic (269)934-9123 (517)267-3925 (231)798-4445
    47. 47. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center(122Q) 5500 Armstrong Road Battle Creek, MI 49037-7314 (888)214-1247 VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic 3019 Coit Avenue NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 (616)365-9575 VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic 5000 Hakes Drive Muskegon, MI 49441 (231)798-4445
    48. 48. The Bottom Line  The Department of Veteran Affairs is expanding efforts to provide support for caregivers of Veterans of all eras  The VA Caregiver Support Program is “Under Construction”  This requires a collaborative effort between Veteran and Community organization and agencies  Please contact us and refer Veterans to us so they and their caregivers can take advantage of our services
    49. 49. Questions
    50. 50. Thank You

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