Veteran's wife seeks information on health insurance
January 22, 2013
Dear Sgt. Shaft:
My name is Rochelle, my husband was rated 100 percent
about eight years ago, which made me eligible for the Civilian Health
and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA). At the time, we were living in
N.J., and I was able to receive my care at the VAMC in nearby
We are now living in Savannah Ga., which seems to me to be a military
town. We live up the road from Hunter Army Air force and just a few miles
from Fort Stewart, yet I can find no provider
willing to accept CHAMPVA. The one provider I did find
hasn’t accepted new patients in four years. Please help. I really
don’t think they understand the concept of the program and somehow
feel the military should be treating me directly.
Via the Internet
Other than though the VA, I might recommend connecting with the local
VFW or DAV to find a VA point of contact for further information.
Additionally, you may want to connect with the VA provider you had in
Philadelphia for recommendations. I think the local veteran’s
organizations could be helpful. I am also contacting the top doc at the
VA Department of Veterans Affairs to see if he
can be of assistance.
• Rep. Mike Michaud, Maine Democrat and the
ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, has named
Nancy Dolan to be the new Staff Director for
the minority committee office. Ms. Dolan will begin her service on the committee at the end of the month.
“Nancy is an experienced professional and a
dedicated public servant who cares deeply about our committee’s
bipartisan mission,” Mr. Michaud said. “She is
results-orientated and will help lead our efforts with a steady hand.
I’d like to enthusiastically welcome her to the committee, and I look forward to our work
together on behalf of our nation’s veterans.”
Ms. Dolan has more than 15 years of public
service. She is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at
the Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role,
she identifies long-range veteran issues, analyzes current strategies
and advises the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and senior VA leaders of
required changes to policies, priorities and resources.
Prior to working with the VA, Ms. Dolan served with the Department of Navy in various positions
responsible for planning, policy and resourcing relative to national
security and naval operations. In 2008, she was one of only two civilian
DoD Congressional Legislative Fellows,
serving on Mr. Michaud’s personal staff as the
Military Legislative Aide handling the defense, veterans and foreign
Ms. Dolan is a member of the Senior Executive
Service. She is known for her proactive, innovative and collaborative
leadership style. She has been repeatedly recognized for resource
stewardship and leading superior performing teams with high morale.
A native of New York, Ms. Dolan graduated from Cornell University.
She has pursued graduate-level studies at the University of Dayton, and
executive training at the University of North Carolina and the Federal
Executive Institute. She is a graduate of the MIT Seminar XXI Program.
She is a member of the DoD Acquisition Professional Community,
certified at Level III in Program Management and Systems Engineering. Ms. Dolan received the Meritorious Civilian
Service Award for her exceptional performance and contributions.
• As part of its mission to bring the enlisted voice to Capitol
Hill, the Fleet Reserve Association’s (FRA) is conducting an online survey to
determine which military and veterans benefits are most important to
active duty and Reserve personnel, retirees, veterans and
their families. The brief survey, available at www.fra.org/survey,
asks current and former members of the uniformed services and their
spouses to rate a variety of benefits and quality-of-life programs
associated with their service to our nation.
“As Congress explores ways to cut federal spending, many
hard-earned benefits are in the budgetary crosshairs,” said Joe
Barnes, FRA’s national executive director.
“FRA is asking all current and former military
personnel and their spouses to share their opinions about the programs
they value most. Survey responses and comments from participants provide
important reference information when we testify before Congress or meet
one-on-one with lawmakers and their staff.”
FRA will share the survey results with
elected officials on Capitol Hill and leaders within the Departments of
Defense and Homeland Security — ensuring these key decision-makers
understand the military perspective.
“Participating in this survey really helps FRA help you,” Mr. Barnes said.
• Employers who support the National Guard and Reserves should be
publicly honored through nominations from America’s military men
and women for the Department of Defense Freedom Award, said Rep. John
Carter, Texas Republican.
“When employers go above and beyond in supporting members of
the National Guard and Reserve, we need to make sure the entire
community knows of that support,” Mr. Carter said. “This is
a great opportunity for our Texas Guard and Reservists to make known the
employers in our state that back our military, by nominating them for
the Freedom Award. But the January 21 deadline is just 14 days away, so
they need to do so immediately.”
The Freedom Award is DoD’s highest honor for civilian
employers supporting Guard and Reserve members. The award highlights those
employers going to extraordinary lengths to encourage their military
employees’ service and provides Guard and Reserve members a way to show their
appreciation for their employers’ tremendous support.
Employers of every size and industry are eligible. The Employer
Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization will accept
nominations at www.FreedomAward.mil through Jan. 21.
The 2013 recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in
Washington, D.C., during a ceremony next fall. Recipients of the 2012
Freedom Award included diverse employers such as a telecommunications
company, department of public safety, Midwest law firm and small-town
For questions or interviews regarding the Freedom Award, contact Beth
Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 571/372-0705 or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil.
• Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box
65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446
or email email@example.com.