Military Minute

Nolan County Veterans Service Office 235.2214
Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs have met with Veteran Service Organizations at the Washington VA Medical Center for a hands-on demonstration and discussion about the VA’s telehealth programs and services. This included a presentation of the new Clinical Video Telehealth scheduling software and is intended to improve how VA employees schedule telehealth appointments. VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald stated, "We welcome our VSO’s feedback. Like us, their goal is to ensure Veterans have the access to the quality care and services they have earned.” This option is popular, particularly for Veterans who do not have a VA health care facility close to home. In fiscal year 2014, VA’s national telehealth programs served over 690,000 Veterans and accounted for more than 2 million virtual visits. For more info contact Nolan County Veterans Service Office 235.2214. # Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan D. Burton has accepted a citation from the Association of Old Crows U.S. Army Oustanding Electronic Warfare Unit Award on behalf of the 4th Brigade. He is the son of Robert and Vicki Burton of Snyder and a 1993 graduate of Snyder High School.

This from the Department of Defense.... The assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, has publicly outlined the DoD's plan for safeguarding troops while deployed in West Africa and returning them stateside for treatment if a servicemember becomes infected. Lately, the subject of Ebola is in the public news and conversations due to many high profile worldwide incidents. Woodson stated the Department was committed to ensuring their servicemembers, families and communities are safe when arriving home. U.S. troops are assisting the U.S. Agency for International Development halt the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. When they redeploy. The servicemembers will be assessed by medical professionals and they will actively be monitored for 21 days after they return, which is the incubation period from the time of Ebola infection to the appearance of symptoms. Ebola symptoms can exhaustion, collapse, fever muscle aches, diarrhea and vomiting. Returning troops will not be quarantined for 21 days, but they will have supervised temperature checks and be directly asked about any warning symptoms.