The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Colonial Chapter is governed by a board of directors, including the President, Executive Vice President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and 3 Board Members. The office staff includes an executive director and part-time secretarial help as needed.
Board, general membership, executive committee and other committee meetings are held at the Elkton VFW, 208 W. High Street, Elkton, MD 21921. Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 11 a.m. ALL members are encouraged to attend.
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VA Maryland Health
Care System Offers Tips for Colon Cancer Prevention
Colorectal cancer is
the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S. and one of the most
preventable cancers. Most colorectal cancers begin as a growth in the bowel
called a polyp.
Baltimore, Md. (PRWEB) March 13, 2015 -- Colorectal cancer
is the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S. and one of the most
preventable cancers. Most colorectal cancers begin as a growth in the bowel
called a polyp. If polyps are found and removed before they become cancerous,
then colorectal cancer can be prevented. Additionally, if colorectal cancer is
caught early by screening―before symptoms develop―then it can most often be
cured. About one in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in
their lifetime and many patients who die from it could have been saved by early
screening. One in three Americans of screening age (50-75 years) are not
getting the recommended screenings. “There are multiple options for colorectal
cancer screening, and the best one is the one that gets done,” says Dr. Erik
von Rosenvinge, chief of Gastroenterology at the VA Maryland Health Care
System, where about 40 Veterans per year are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
“Although a family history of colorectal cancer as well as other things like
smoking, a diet high in red meat and low in fruits and vegetables, inflammatory
bowel disease, obesity, physical inactivity and excessive drinking increase the
risk for colorectal cancer, most people who are diagnosed with it do not have
these risk factors,” he says. If identified by a screening test, before
symptoms develop, then colorectal cancer can be cured about 90 percent of the
time. Yet, more Americans will die in 2015 from colon cancer than did in the entire
Vietnam War. Here are some tips that can help prevent colorectal cancer: - For
average risk individuals between the ages of 50-75 years old, schedule a
routine screening. - Maintain a healthy weight. - Eat wisely. Limit the amount
of red meat and processed meats (such as bacon, sausage, and hot dogs) that you
eat. Diets high in fat can increase your risk of colorectal cancer. To lower
your risk, eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. - Quit smoking.
Quitting smoking is probably the single best thing you can do for your body. It
is commonly known that smoking is linked to lung cancer and heart disease, but
smokers are 18 percent more likely than nonsmokers to develop colorectal
cancer, and 25 percent more likely to die from the disease, according to a 2008
study. - Get physically active: Any amount of physical activity is better than
none. Aim for 10 or more minutes daily of moderate activity and do fun things
you enjoy, like dancing, swimming, riding bicycles, skiing, walking, etc.
Editor’s note: Colon cancer survivor Veteran Nathan Chapman, an avid athlete
and a vegetarian, was shocked to discover that he had stage 3 colon cancer. He
was cleared as cancer free at the end of 2014. “I was a vegetarian, an athlete
who ran marathons and who worked out. If I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon
cancer, anyone can get it,” he says. Mr. Chapman is willing to discuss his
experience with chemo and surviving colon cancer because he was asymptomatic
and simply had a routine screening. To arrange an interview with Nathan Chapman
and Dr. Erik von Rosenvinge about colon cancer prevention, please contact
Rosalia Scalia at rosalia.scalia(at)va(dot)gov or by phone at 410.605.7464.
March 24, 2015
VA Works to Expand Choice
On August 7, 2014, President
Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-146) (“VACAA”). Technical revisions to the Choice Act were made on
September 26, 2014, when the President signed into law the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of
2014 (Public Law 113-175).
In March 2015, VA announced
the expected expansion for eligibility for the
Veterans Choice Program by changing the calculation used to determine
the distance between a Veteran’s residence and the nearest VA
medical facility from a straight line distance
to driving distance.
One of the current eligibility
criteria for the Veterans Choice Program is based on the distance calculation using the straight line distance
from a Veteran’s home to the nearest VA medical facility. Under VA’s plan for expansion, this
criterion will change to the driving
distance calculation between the Veteran’s home and the nearest VA
For example: Under the new
distance calculation, a Veteran who lives less than 40 miles, straight line distance, from the nearest VA medical
facility, but who needs to
physically drive more than 40 miles to get there would be eligible for the Veterans Choice Program. Under the
previous straight line distance calculation, this Veteran would not be eligible for the Program unless they were
waiting for an appointment longer
than 30-days from their preferred date or the date determined to be medically necessary by their physician.
VA is expanding the
eligibility determination in order to increase Veterans access to high quality, timely healthcare. VA
looks forward to continued collaboration with
Veterans and our partners to ensure the success of the Veterans Choice Program.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why is VA changing this criterion now?
A: The interim final regulation was based on the discussion in
the House Conference Report that
accompanied the Act. After further review of other information contained in the report, VA believes that revising
the calculation will still be in the spirit of the law and allow improved access for
Q: What mapping tool is used to calculate the 40 miles?
A: The tool used will be a commercial
product that is consistent with VA’s long- established beneficiary
travel program. As every commercial product uses priority programming, the results may vary among products.
Q: Is it still 40 miles from any VA medical facility or is it 40 miles from a VA medical facility that actually
provides the care needed?
A: This is currently
defined as any VA medical facility. Absent
a statutory change, VA does not
believe that it has the flexibility to adopt an alternative approach.
Q: How does VA plan to notify newly eligible Veterans?
A: Because all potentially eligible
Veterans already received their Choice card, VA will send letters notifying Veterans who will soon be eligible
under the revised mileage
Q: When will this expansion go into effect?
A: VA must publish an
interim final rulemaking and this change will be effective upon publication of this rulemaking in
the Federal Register.
Where can I get more information about the program?
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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America
is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury
. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits
earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education
in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility
in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters
, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers
in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org
Paralyzed Veterans of America - Colonial Chapter
2015 Members of the Board of Directors
Ronald P. Hoskins, SR.
President / National Director
Executive Vice President
Larry T. Hughes
David W. Timberman
Secretary / Service Officer
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