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COUNCIL MEETING NOTES

Hill Country Veteran Council Meeting

October 17, 2017

Kerrville VA Medical Center Conference Room 024

Attendees:
HCVC Officers: President Vicki Marsh, 1VP Dennis Birchall 2VP Byron Warren
HCVC Members: Maggie Baker, David Rittenhouse, Nick Oprea, Mike Cagle, William Cantrell
KVA: No Representative
Guests: Ray Amburn (Adjutant VFW Post1480)

Hill Country Veteran’s Councile President Vicki Marsh opened the meeting at 9:00 AM on September 17, 2017.  The below topic were discussed.

Town Hall Meeting at KVAMC

The date for the KVAMC Town Hall Meeting is still to be determined.  It will be a face-to-face meeting between the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) staff and Veteran, rather than a proposed Tele-meeting.  Per Mr. Walton, they had envisioned one to serve the entire STVHCS conducted like Congressman Lamar Smith’s where you call in to participate, NOT a V-Tel where we gather to watch a monitor.

Quarterly Stakeholder’s Meeting at KVAMC

The Quarterly Stakeholder’s Meeting at KVAMC will be on November 2, 2017 and will begin at 11:30.  It is recommended that participant remain for the Information Briefing after the Stakeholder’s Meeting as information that is important for Veterans is put out at this time.  The HCVC discussed the following proposed questions for the STVHC staff at the Stakeholder’s Meeting:

 

a. Thank the Director for conducting a 2nd job fair here on Sat. Nov. 4th.  The one in March was the 1st conducted in memory.   It was very well received--over 100 participants.  


 b. Thank the Director for informing Peterson Regional Medical Center that it cannot bill individual veterans.  He was asked to do this by VA’s Office Inspector General in reply to a veteran’s complaint. 

                c.   Question about contracting. Who sets its priorities and cost limits for procurement of for durable medical equipment (DME) that exceeds $3500?   Most power wheel chairs and/or scooter exceed that amount.  If all of these items are above this limit and must be declared an emergency, why is the dollar limit not raised?  Is this issue being worked?  If so, what is the proposed resolution?

                d. What is the status of completing solar panels and refinishing parking lot.  When will the solar project and paving of the parking lot be completed.  We were told at the last Stakeholder’s Meeting that it would be done by this Fall.

                d. What is the status of long-time Vietnam Vets Support Group’s needs?    They still need a regular meeting place, a facilitator and travel pay for those who come from afar.   It meets twice monthly. The VA started this group several years ago and it has grown into a closely knit band of brothers.  As such, they help each other navigate past and present challenges to maintain mental stability.     Due to changes beyond their control, they now feel marginalized and fear losing their long-time-VA-provided “safe place.”   This probably heightens their PTSD symptoms.  Sadly, it reminds them of how poorly they were treated when they came home from Vietnam. It seems reasonable to give them what they need.  It would seem to be more cost-effective for VA to provide one facilitator twice monthly rather than providing this small group comprised of six veterans 12 individual visits per month.  Given the groups longevity and closeness, it would be an easy group to facilitate.  Travel costs are unknown.  This group personifies VA’s “Be there” campaign against suicide for this vulnerable group of veterans.

                e. What is the status of new Administrative Officer and status of patient advocate position for KVAMC?

                 f. What is the status  of promised, long-awaited audio techs to repair hearing aids etc., here at KVAMC?

                g. Why do KVAMC’s TVs not show the same internal info as is shown on Audie’s TVs?  This would help area veterans become better-informed and educate them on STVHCS which is comprised of the Audie Murphy VA Hospital, KVAMC and its 13 outpatient clinics

Good News For KVAMC

a. New lab equipment is in place. KVAMC received its long-awaited (nearly 1 and 1/2 years) equipment on Aug. 28th.  

                b. New Mammogram/Bone Mineral Density (BMD)  tech is on board and undergoing orientation.

                c. Two (2) new doctors are on hand for the Community Living Centers.  Also each has a small panel.

                d.  Local repair of Durable Medical Equipment, e.g. scooters and power w/c’s.  Hill Country Medical and Scooters Plus.  The former is certified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare organizations which makes it more attractive to VA.  The Acting Chief of Prosthetics @ Audie is also developing a contract with Houston-based Travis Medical which operates mobile units to provide on-site repairs.  The vet would NOT have to leave home.  She is also trying to help the owner of Scooters Plus who bought 7 lifts from a vendor.  He intended to sell them back to VA, but VA can only use authorized vendors.  Yet, she is trying to help with the last 3 plus she has offered to help with his wife’s business selling diabetic foot wear, but she needs her to send her certifications.

 There being no further business, HCVC President Vicki Marsh closed the meeting at 10:00 hours.

 


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