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Washington Update for November 7th, 2016

PHOTO:  Mooring Lines - Sailors aboard the USS Iwo Jima heave mooring lines during a sea-and-anchor detail as the ship pulls into Mayport, Fla., Oct. 28, 2016. The amphibious assault ship returned to its homeport after completing humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Gary J. Ward



TREA Washington Update for Monday, November 8th 2016


Happy Veterans Day to you all!


This Friday is November 11th then end of the 1st World War (on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns were still.) We at TREA hope you all have a wonderful day of celebrating and commemoration. TREA President John Adams, his wife Nerita Adams, PNP Cooper, members of Maryland Chapters 9 and 24 and staff from our Washington Office will all be representing you at the National Commemoration. Wherever you are in the country find an event, celebrate and honor your colleagues and have a very good time 


VA launches nationwide study on the health of Vietnam Era Veterans


Veterans Day discounts and deals Part 2


The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project

Military Health System Reminds You That With the Freedom Quitline, Quitting Smoking Is Just a Phone Call Away

Collaboration between DoD, VA Aims to Improve Initiatives for Women's Health


Correction to the November VOICE article regarding 2017 open Board positions





An announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs for Vietnam Era Veterans


VA launches nationwide study on the health of Vietnam Era Veterans


Researchers to invite 43,000 Vietnam-era Veterans to Participate


VA researchers are embarking on a new nationwide study to comprehensively evaluate the current health and overall well-being of Vietnam era Veterans as they age.  This month, VA will begin recruiting participants for the Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study (VE-HEROeS).


“Through VE-HEROeS, VA will be able to answer questions about the long-term health consequences of Vietnam War service, provide VA clinicians with evidence to explain health conditions, and anticipate future needs for VA health care and services,” said Dr. Victoria Davey, VA Office of Research and Development staff member, senior researcher for Post Deployment Health Services, and principal investigator on this study.


Study Participant Selection

VE-HEROeS researchers will invite approximately 43,000 Vietnam-era Veterans, including Veterans who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and Veterans who served elsewhere during the war, to participate in this study by completing a questionnaire. Researchers will also invite a comparison group of approximately 11,000 members of the general population to participate and complete a similar questionnaire.

Researchers will begin mailing invitations to selected Veterans on November 2, and to invited members of the general population on November 10.

VA is scientifically selecting a sample of individuals for this study. These individuals will represent others with similar characteristics, so researchers cannot accept volunteers. All individuals who are selected for this study are encouraged to participate.


Survey Topics:

This study includes a questionnaire for everyone and medical records review for a smaller group of participants. The VE-HEROeS questionnaire includes the following topics:

  • General health, including neurological conditions, cancer, hypertension, and mental health
  • Experiences with aging, including memory and reasoning
  • Lifestyle, including tobacco use and health care use
  • Military service experience, including combat experience, chemical or other exposures, or no military service for participants from the general U.S. population

Researchers will look closely at neurologic conditions and hepatitis C infection as a part of this study.  Researchers will also describe the health of a population of Vietnam Veterans who served only in the Blue Water Navy and will ask Veterans about health conditions among their descendants that may have been inherited.


Vietnam Veterans have significantly contributed to the study development and planning by serving on the Steering Committee. Learn more about VE-HEROeS at



Veterans Day discounts and deals (part 2)


Last week we ran an article listing many dining discounts or free meals for veterans/military retirees/ and their families for Veterans Day. And we promised that this week we would make a list of other discounts and deals. Remember there are deals all over the country that we have not listed (probably because we don’t know about them.) If you are interested in a particular place call and ask them if they are celebrating Veterans Day. After all, it couldn’t hurt.


Perhaps the best deal of all is that all the National Parks that have entrance fees will be free for veterans on Veterans Day. AND if you are near to DC all active duty, veterans and military retirees are admitted free to Mount Vernon. (which is owned and operated by the private Ladies of Mount Vernon.


Other deals include:

Great Clips – “On Nov. 11, customers can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans also receive a free haircut or haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.”

Home Depot -- Home Depot will offer a 10% discount to all veterans. (They also give a 10% discount year-round to  active duty military and military retirees.)

Lowe’s -- All veterans receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day.

Rack Room Shoes -- Military personnel and their dependents get a 10 % discount on their  entire purchase on Nov. 11.

Sport Clips -- Participating locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers free haircuts on Nov. 11

AARP is offering up to a 30% membership discount for veterans, their families, and anyone interested in annual or multi-year memberships and renewals. – is offering 20% off of select apparel on Veterans Day. Promotion code: “20veterans”

 Army & Air Force Exchange Service- discount on many items starting on November 10th

Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas- “ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving all day use fees at more than 2,400 recreation areas nationwide. This waiver is available to all veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families. Only verbal confirmation of service is required.”

Brides Across America Free Wedding Gown Events- ‘During the month of November Brides Across America is partnering with bridal salons across the nation to giveaway wedding dresses to qualified military brides. All military brides must pre-register online.’ Just go to:

Enterprise Car Sales – “In honor of Veterans Day this November, all active United States military members, veterans and dependents, will have included in their used vehicle purchase from Enterprise Car Sales, a Firestone prepaid maintenance package valued at $300.”

Hair Cuttery- For every cut bought on Veterans Day, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut certificate to a Veteran.

JC Penny- “All current and former military personnel can enjoy discounts off  purchases on Veterans Day.”

Main Event Bowling- “ Active or retired veterans can bowl free from open to 3pm on Friday, November 11th.”

Meineke- “This Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, all veterans and active duty will receive a free Basic Oil Change* at participating Meineke locations.

Publix- 10% discount on Veterans Day.

Walgreens-  20% discountto all Veterans, Active duty military, and their immediate families, on Veterans Day 2016. Must present a Walgreens Rewards card and valid Military ID or proof of service to receive discount on eligible items.


Although this project has been in operation for some time, we thought these few days before Veterans Day would be a good time to remind you of this special project to permanently remember veterans of the United States Uniformed Services.

The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.


The Project is primarily an oral history program that collects and preserves the firsthand interviews of America's wartime veterans. VHP relies on volunteers, both individuals and organizations, throughout the nation to contribute veterans’ stories to VHP. In addition to audio- and video-recorded interviews, VHP accepts memoirs and collections of original photographs, letters, diaries, maps and other historical documents from World War I through current conflicts. See more at What We Collect and About the Project.

The Project collects first-hand accounts of 
U.S. Veterans from the following wars:

World War, 1914-1918

World War, 1939-1945

Cold War

Korean War, 1950-1953

Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Grenada--History--American Invasion, 1983

Panama--History--American Invasion, 1989

Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993

Persian Gulf War, 1991

United Nations Operation in Somalia

Haiti--History--American intervention, 1994-1995

Operation Allied Force, 1999

Peacekeeping forces--Bosnia and Hercegovina

Operation Joint Guardian, 1999-

War on Terrorism, 2001-2009

Afghan War, 2001-

Iraq War, 2003-2011


In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.


How did the Veterans History Project start?

The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000.

For more information about the project and how you or a veteran you know can participate go to:


Military Health System Reminds You That With the Freedom Quitline, Quitting Smoking Is Just a Phone Call Away


Quitting smoking never seems to make it onto our calendars. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seven out of 10 smokers plan to quit, but many wait until their health is in jeopardy. Why wait? Quit for the Great American Smokeout, with the Freedom Quitline! The Freedom Quitine is proud to support the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout on November 17. 

The Great American Smokeout challenges people across the nation to stop using tobacco for the day. Most smokers make a plan to quit on the day of the Smokeout, or they use this day to contact quitlines and start the process of quitting.  Get ready to quit for the Great American Smokeout by calling the Freedom Quitline.  Freedom Quitline participants are over twice as likely to quit smoking when compared to conventional quitlines. 

If you are interested in participating in the Freedom Quitline program, call 1-844-I-AM-FREE (1-844-426-3733) Monday through Friday, 8:00 am -5:00 pm CDT. Freedom Quitline is a National Institutes of Health-funded research study co-sponsored by 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for Military Population Health. Freedom Quitline participants receive four proactive smoking cessation counseling sessions by phone, along with eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) sent to their homes. Find out if you are eligible for the Freedom Quitline by calling 1-844-I-AM-FREE or visiting Learn more about TRICARE-covered tobacco cessation services



Collaboration between DoD, VA Aims to Improve Initiatives for Women's Health


The Military Health System is highlighting the efforts of Health Affairs Women’s Health working group. Comprised of experts from the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, the group addresses health-related concerns, needs and issues affecting a growing body of women both in the military and as they transition to VA.


Dr. Cara Krulewitch, director of Women’s Health Medical Ethics & Patient Advocacy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), said the group wants to ensure that there is a comprehensive approach to the health needs of a woman – from entry into the military to status as a veteran.


“We will find a better way to identify trends and what’s going on across the life cycle of our soldiers, airmen and seamen,” said Krulewitch. Communication between DoD, VA and the services will allow the group to share data and health perspectives to identify gaps that must be filled.


While men’s health is just as important as women’s health, women have specific needs that are different from those of men, she said, including the unique hygiene needs of women in a field environment.


“We want to ensure that we’re focusing on both [men’s and women’s health], even in simple things,” said Krulewitch. Contraception is a major topic for the group, but other areas of discussion include cancer screenings and reproductive and gynecological needs.


Colonel Nancy Parson, chief of the Army Medicine women’s health service line, said the group is response-oriented based on issues that have come forward from beneficiaries and Congress. In September, experts participated in a live question-and-answer session through Facebook, which allowed the experts to directly address questions and concerns voiced by beneficiaries.


“Sometimes we think of the [needs of a] younger soldier, but we’ve gotten some questions recently from some of our older female officers who are asking about things like menopause and urinary retention issues as they get older,” said Parson. This type of feedback can help guide the group’s discussions in the future, she said.


Through collaboration with the VA, the group will be able to gain a better understanding of the needs of women transitioning out of service, which will then impact the education and initiatives being provided to women now in the service, said Parson.


“We always want to educate people about how to complete preventive care in order to take care of themselves,” said Parson, stressing that they focus on areas to keep service members fit and ready. Officially chartered in June under the Health Executive Committee, the group plans to announce its first set of initiatives in 2017.


“Women will have seamless care throughout their entire military experience and career,” said Krulewitch



Correction to the November issue of the VOICE magazine regarding the 2017 open Board positions


Please note that the article in the November issue of the VOICE, in the Credential & Nominating article, was erroneous in stating that the only Board positoins that will be open for election at the 2017 convention was two Director positions.   There will be 6 positions that are available:  1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, Treasurer and two Director positions.  All of these positions will be for a two year term.  if you have nay questions, please call TREA HQ at 1-800-338-9337 or contact the Nominating & Credential Chair at


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