VA’s Commitment to Women Veterans

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MAY 18, 2017 AT 3:17 PM ET BY SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS DAVID SHULKIN

As we celebrate Women’s Health Week, I am pleased to announce that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has adopted American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40.

The guidelines also recommend starting yearly mammograms by age 45 and then every other year from age 55. The guidelines apply to women at average risk for breast cancer and complement VA’s already-extensive program for breast care for Veterans.

I believe it’s important for our women Veterans to know that they are in control of their care and the care they receive from VA is consistent with or exceeds care in the private sector. Adopting American Cancer Society standards gives Veterans further assurances that their care aligns with other health-care systems.

It’s worth drawing attention to a few other related facts:

  • All eligible women Veterans have access to mammograms either onsite or through care in the community;
  • Currently, 76 percent of women Veterans age 40-49 receive mammograms through VA.
  • VA quality scores from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), show that women Veterans are much more likely to receive age-appropriate breast cancer screening than women in private sector health care;
  • In 2015, VA provided mammogram screenings to 86 percent of its women Veteran patients age 50-74, compared with the private sector at 73 percent; and
  • VA has established a state-of-the-art information technology Breast Cancer Registry (BCR). The BCR integrates data from several VA sources to provide comprehensive patient specific information about breast cancer screening, test results, past and current breast cancer treatment, and population surveillance of breast care (both in the community and within VA).

Our Acting VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Poonam Alaigh said it perhaps best last week: “Engaging and better servicing the unique healthcare needs of our women Veterans is one of VA’s most important priorities. When it comes to their care, we want women Veterans to be in control of it every day and in every way.”

For more information about VA’s commitment to women Veterans, please visit https://www.va.gov/womenvet/ or call 855-VA-WOMEN (855-829-6636) for information about VA services and resources.

 

Read the original article here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/05/18/vas-commitment-women-veterans

 

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Serve as a Fellow with I Will Survive, Inc.

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Through the Mission Continues’ Fellowship Program, selected veterans volunteer part-time for six months with I Will Survive, Inc. In return, Fellows receive a living stipend, complete a leadership development curriculum and develop new skills and networks. The Fellowship Program is ideal for veterans looking to start a new career, gain practical work experience while attending school or for a new way to serve at home. Find out more at www.MissionContinues.org (open to post-9/11 veterans)

Need: Honorable Discharge, DD214, Clean Criminal Record, and signed Memorandum of Understanding.

  • Attend a three-day fellowship orientation (coming up in Atlanta).
  • Gain additional leadership skills as a civilian.
  • Transfer military skills to the civilian workforce.
  • Gain public speaking skills.
  • Obtain networks for future careers after the fellowship.
  • Become active citizens in the community.
  • Gain mentorship and coaching from a Certified Professional Life Coach free of charge.
  • Work directly with the Executive Director of I Will Survive, Inc., who is also a veteran who served two tours in Iraq, obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and will obtain a Masters in Public Administration.

Please visit the host organization at www.IWillSurviveInc.org to gain more information. Email contact@iwillsurviveinc.org if you are interested to serve again!

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

I Will Survive, Inc. 5879 New Peachtree Rd., Suite D., Atlanta, GA 30340

Phone 404.483.8503 Fax 800.880.1586

Women’s History Month is March

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Take a wonderful woman to a beautiful fashion show fundraiser to show her your appreciate of all her hard work as a woman. Did you know women still only get paid .77 cents on the dollar. President Obama is trying to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. We do not want to go on and on about politics on this blog but it is such a touchy subject still as we think about women’s history.

Let us bring it back to discuss this event. If you missed it last year, you do not want to miss it this year. The I Will Survive, Inc. Fashion Show on the Runway returns again and you should come out. Dress to impress or dress comfortably in style. You choose! At this fashion show you will get some motivation, some survivors, some fashion, some food, wonderful vendors, and live music. All for only $20 dollars on sale now until March 20th. Ticket sales are $40 dollars the door.

Tickets on sale for $20 at www.iwillsurviveinc.org Get yours today!

and Keep On Surviving,

~I Will Survive, Inc.

PO Box 81364Atlanta, GA 30366Phone (404) 483-8503 

Press Release

Contact: Anisa PalmerPhone: (404)483-8503 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE9 A.M. EDT, FEBRUARY 25, 2013

I Will Survive, Inc. Fundraiser on the Runway

Atlanta, GA, FEBRUARY 25, 2013:  Non profit organization, I Will Survive, Inc., founded by service disabled veteran, Anisa Palmer, will have the second annual fundraiser fashion show at the Melia Hotel located off 590 West Peachtree Street. NW Atlanta, GA 30308 on March 30th from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.

I Will Survive, Inc. will have the fundraiser on the runway with some of Atlanta’s hottest designers and talent. Some features will be Atlanta’s musical favorite Quinn and Jukebox, kidney survivor and remarkable painter, Tamara Natalie Madden, who is donating some of her pieces towards the silent auction. Other special guests include NFL Veteran, Ed Hartwell and Author and Motivation speaker, Jack A. Daniels, as guest speakers. Last but not least Comic Pierre Edwards will be hosting. The goal is to raise $10,000 from this event.

I Will Survive, Inc. is trying to acquire a building this year to help more survive and with a physical location, so much more can be done. Last year they were able to provide free mammograms and health screenings to individuals in need, provide additional financial assistance for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer, and provide educational awareness to the lesser-educated communities. All ticket sales go to providing funding for these programs.

I Will Survive, Inc.’s new logo has officially been launched as well and hopes that the communities will be able to better identify with its message of strength and the will to survive.

For more information on becoming a sponsor or vendor please email anisa.palmer@iwillsurviveinc.org for all other inquiries please email contact@iwillsurviveinc.org or visit the website at www.iwillsurviveinc.org. Free event to those diagnosed with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors. Show your support for a good time at Melia Hotel. Purchase tickets now on sale: http://www.iwillsurvivesignature2.eventbrite.com where all ticket sales goes towards funding the programs of I Will Survive, Inc.

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