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07/18/2022 10:00 AM EDT

If you’re a Veteran having thoughts of suicide or concerned about one, reach 24/7 crisis support through the new Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) number: Dial 988, then Press 1. This shorter, three-digit number provides an easier-to-remember way to access the VCL. We’re working to make sure all Veterans and their supporters know about the new number. Below are answers to some questions you might have about this change. [From VAntage Point]

07/15/2022 04:02 PM EDT

These are the first women of each military service: twin sisters Genevieve and Lucille Baker, and Myrtle Hazard, U.S. Coast Guard; Deborah Sampson, U.S. Army; Opha May Johnson, Marine Corps; Esther McGowin Blake, U.S. Air Force; and Loretta Walsh, U.S. Navy (Defense Department). [From Military.com]

07/14/2022 10:05 AM EDT

Dr. Jill Biden surprised Mrs. Cresencia Garcia via FaceTime to thank her for her service, and applaud her granddaughter Tara for her continued efforts to ensure the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion received the recognition it deserved. [From Twitter]

07/13/2022 10:00 AM EDT

VA has diagnosed more than 620,000 Veterans with COVID-19. Of this group, between 4% and 7% may have developed Long COVID symptoms. While there is no universally agreed-upon definition of Long COVID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines it as long-term health problems following infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. [From VAntage Point]

07/12/2022 11:13 AM EDT

Women Veterans are the fastest-growing population of VA patients, and now there’s a whole host of services in Luzerne County helping them navigate the system. “The providers enjoy those Veterans they work with and our women Veterans really appreciate the care they receive in that inclusive environment, for women only,” said Amanda Olaviany, the Women’s Veterans’ program manager. [From PA Home Page]