Due to reported increased influenza activity in the Pacific Northwest, the following restrictions and guidelines are in effect now until further notice at all VAPORHCS facilities: Only patients and immediate family members should visit VAPORHCS facilities; any symptomatic visitors should delay their visit. If possible, symptomatic patients should delay their appointment or wear a mask for the duration of their visit. Children 14 years of age and younger are restricted from all VAPORHCS in-patient ward areas We request that families leave children 14 years of age and younger at home and not bring them into any VAPORHCS facilities until this restriction has been lifted. More Details
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Military Sexual Trauma
A Veteran shares his story to help others
Michael Beason had a troubled childhood. He was sexually molested at age 10. Was bullied in high school. Was isolated at home, and his relationship with his parents left a lot to be desired. Things came to a head during Christmas time in 1989. Mike’s parents told him that he had two choices when he turned 18 years old. That birthday was only one month away.
His choices: join the military or leave home. His choice was a fateful one. In June 1990 Mike decided to enlist in the Army. After completing basic training his first duty station was in South Korea where he served for 11 months.
Three weeks after arriving in Korea, Mike was sexually molested by his first sergeant. “At first, I had no intention of telling anyone what happened to me,” said Mike. “However, that would not last long. Within a couple of weeks that first sergeant was caught assaulting another male soldier.” Mike explains that a fellow soldier in his platoon told him about the assault. As a result, Mike decided to report his assault to his company commander.
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Events & Classes
Grief and Loss Group - Portland Session
Feb 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM (PST)
Portland, Register to receive room location
Black History Month Celebration
Feb 24, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
VA Portland Medical Center, Auditorium, Bldg. 100, Auditorium
Salem "Quit Now" Smoking Cessation Group
Feb 27, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)
1750 McGilchrist St. SE, Suite 130 Salem, OR 97302