Military Minute

Veterans Service Office 235.2214
The VA has launched its “The Power of 1” campaign, a joint project coordinated with the DoD. The VA stated they are committed to Veterans to get the support they deserve. In addition, the VA will coordinate with local and regional groups to spread the word about their mental health resources. They hope this will encourage Veterans and the people in their lives to educate themselves about suicide risk, identify warning signs and learn the steps to take in a time of crisis. A reminder that the VA has a Veterans Crisis Line, including its online chat and text messaging services for free. It's confidential support from specially trained and experienced responders. Call toll-free 1.800.273.8255 and press 1. Chat online at or send a text to 838255. — even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. All Veterans Crisis Line resources are optimized for mobile devices. To learn more about the Veterans Crisis Line or to find a local VA suicide prevention coordinator, visit For more information about VA mental health resources, visit Next time you visit the VA Health Clinic, ask for a wristband that has the Crisis Line toll-free number on it. It's free of charge.

The VA announced it will publish a notification in the Federal Register which increases the maximum rates of annual pay for in-coming VA physicians and dentists as part of a nation-wide recruitment initiative to hire more clinicians and expand Veterans’ access to care. This proposed increase in pay is one aspect of the recruiting initiative that McDonald has directed to bring the best and brightest health care professionals to the VA. The updated pay tables propose an increase in pay of $20,000 to $35,000 annually. The VA states over 70% of all U.S. doctors received training at VA. In fact, VA facilities train 62,000 medical students and residents, 23,000 nurses, and 33,000 trainees in other health profession fields each year. In addition, VA researchers developed the implantable cardiac pacemaker and conducted the first successful liver transplants. The VA also crafted artificial limbs that move naturally when stimulated by electrical impulses from the brain and identified the genetic risk factors for schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and Werner’s syndrome. ## Air Force Airman Robert J. Cannon has graduated from basic military training at Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He graduated in 2006 from Jim Ned High School in Tuscola.