VA Portland Health Care System
VA Portland Spring Veteran Connection Newsletter
Click HERE for the Spring 2019 VA Portland Veteran Connection Newsletter.In this issue:
- Director's Letter
- MISSION Act information & update
- Have a CPAP? VA Portland has an app for you
- How to "Connect With the VA Portland Health Care System"
- Volunteer highlight
- Research Day Honors VA Portland Scientists
- Portland VA Celebrates 1 Year of Room Service
- Writing Helps Heal Portland Veterans - Oregon’s Poet Laureate partners with VA Portland to host writing retreat
- VA Portland Cancer Survivor's Day; June 20, 2019
- Managing Chronic Pain & Suffering: A Whole Health Resource Workshop
The Director's Message
Spring is in full bloom and the VA Portland Health Care System is also celebrating the ever improving weather and our great staff. In May we have multiple opportunities to celebrate or staff and the great work they do everyday to support of Veterans. We kick of the month with Public Service Recognition Week (May 5 – 11). The idea of recognizing public service grew out of the January 20, 1961, inaugural address by President John F. Kennedy. In that speech, he urged Americans to participate in public service and to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” More than two decades later, in 1985, the Public Employees Roundtable created Public Service Recognition Week as an opportunity for people across the nation to honor the men and women who work in government each and every day to assist Americans in need and advance our national interests.
During the week of May 6-12, we also celebrate National Nurses Week. This celebration is always begins on the birthday of Florence Nightingale and is an opportunity to celebrate, recognize and appreciate the significant contributions nurses make to improving the health of the nation. And then, during the week of May 13-17 we celebrate National VA Research Week. VA Research Week gives us an opportunity to showcase the numerous achievements of VA researchers and the role they play in providing high quality care for Veterans and advancing medical science.
During the third week of April, I made my inaugural visit to our eastern Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). On April 22 I visited the CBOCs in Fairview and The Dalles for an employee town hall. That evening, VFW Post 4108 in Redmond hosted a Veteran Listening Session and on April 23 I visited the CBOC in Bend for an employee town hall as well. Elks Lodge 1814 in Prineville hosted another Veteran Listening Session on April 23. Thank you to the 100+ Veterans and family members who participated in the events and community partners who helped support them.