The Vermont Military Family Community Network (VTMFCN) promotes awareness of the unique issues facing our military members and their families. We strive to identify local, state, federal resources available to our Vermont service members, veterans, and their families. Please visit our Resources page for more.
Most Recent Quarterly Meeting Topic: Our July 10, 2019 meeting was facilitated by our own Gene Hitchcock, Vermont Veterans Outreach Liaison to the WRJ VAMC who put together an excellent agenda that everyone felt was relevant, timely and informative. Gene started the meeting with Audrey Osgood, Administrative Officer, Special Programs with the VA who discussed the VA Environmental Health Registry Program. These include Agent Orange, Open Burn Pit, Gulf War and Ionizing Radiation registries. Audrey also touched on the Camp Lejeune database which is actually managed by the Marine Corps. Next we heard from Dr. R. Brooks Robey ,MD, Associate Chief of Staff as well as the local VA Million Veteran Program (MVP) investigator. DR Robey discussed the goal of MVP which is to create a world class research database of genetic, military exposure, lifestyle and health information- a baseline- that will benefit our past, current and future veterans with their healthcare. The My HealtheVet Coordinator, Bruce Lyndes, was up next and Bruce explained how the My HealtheVet website can assist our veterans with appointments, health records, refills of VA prescriptions and more! In a state like Vermont which is 65% rural, this online tool is invaluable. Last but certainly not least, Joann M Rossetti, Chief of the Office of Community Care; Non-VA Providers for VT Veterans discussed the Mission Act and the goal of empowering our Veterans with new access standards for average drive times and wait times at VA medical facilities. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, 9 October 2019.
Stay tuned for more information regarding our next meeting scheduled
Audrey Osgood - VA
Watch this Comcast News Makers episode titled, "Vermont Veterans And Military Families"- 5:02 minutes
with Miriam Boyle on Military Family Community Network