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    Veteran's Advisor has had to resign as moderator for this forum, as he has moved to a different city and is now in a doctoral education program, with insufficient time to do moderation.

    We have asked the head PVA NSO if they could find someone else to help with moderation, but PVA has declined and do not want to support this forum, instead requesting that Veterans with SCI/D instead contact their own NSO. You can find a list of NSOs here:

    http://www.pva.org/site/PageServer?p...=memb_chapters

    We may be asking DAV to consider helping with the forum, but until then, continue to post discussion topics, but advice on benefits, etc. will not be forthcoming for a while.

    While I am a VA employee, I cannot be and do not attempt to be an official representative of the VHA.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

    #2
    Sorry to hear that he will no longer be able to moderate, but good for him on moving on with his education. Good luck Vet advisor.
    Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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      #3
      Any new ideas yet as to who the new veteran moderator will be?
      Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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        #4
        No. We have no potential new moderators in the foreseeable future.

        (KLD)
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          #5
          Thank you for starting this forum, Veterans do not have an open forum to get help or express their views at any other site.

          PVA should be ashamed of themselves for not supporting this forum. I have suggested several times that they start a forum, but it fell on deaf ears. I don't know why they think Veterans don't need a place to go for everyday problems. I will write them again and hope other PVA members so the same.

          Hopefully the VA will step up and help out.
          Mike

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            #6
            If you have questions that need answers by professionals in the fields of VA issues, Veterans Service Officers VA Psychologists and Raters, go to this website. http://vets.yuku.com/ Where I'm from, the PVA is nothing more than a social organization. I don't play cards, so I have no use for them.

            Just as it is on this forum (CCC) you can get true and correct answers from the people who know. As on this forum, there are a few know-it-alls, so you have to get to know the site and its workings a bit. Just don't ask how long anything will take to get done through the VA. They hate that. They are not mind readers.
            Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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              #7
              Thanks for the link. I signed up. All information is good. I will never understand why the VA and PVA do not have forums......
              Mike

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                #8
                The VA will help if issues are brought to their attention, other than that they like to keep us in the dark.
                Last edited by Oldtimer; 12 Jan 2012, 12:12 PM. Reason: spelling

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Oldtimer View Post
                  The VA will help if issues are brought to their attention, other than that they like to keep us in the dark.
                  I don't think you can characterize all of the VA this way. That is certainly not the case where I work...in fact we have bent over backwards to provide our patients with information, education, and ability to interact with their health care team (access to their electronic chart at any time during hospitalization, a daily print out of labs done and due as well as medications to receive for the day, etc.). My Healthe Vet is one of the best websites around for health information, and if you register, you can keep your own personal and private medical records there for things like weight control, blood glucose or blood pressure monitoring that you do at home, in addition to order your meds, see your lab results, and check your appointments.

                  Originally posted by OLDSAILOR55 View Post
                  Thanks for the link. I signed up. All information is good. I will never understand why the VA and PVA do not have forums......
                  Probably because they do not have the resources to run discussion forums with full time paid staff as moderators. This forum requires more than 1 full time person to get rid of spammers, take care of petty squabbles and flamers, etc. etc. I have seen many websites with discussion forums discontinue that service due to these same problems. There are a number of Veterans websites that do provide discussion forums. Have you looked for them?

                  I can't answer for the PVA on this...if you are a member, have you talked to the national officers? I have some issues with how the PVA has been spending their money for a number of years now, which is why I am no longer a donor to them, in spite of being a life-time honorary member.

                  (KLD)
                  The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                    I don't think you can characterize all of the VA this way. That is certainly not the case where I work...in fact we have bent over backwards to provide our patients with information, education, and ability to interact with their health care team (access to their electronic chart at any time during hospitalization, a daily print out of labs done and due as well as medications to receive for the day, etc.). My Healthe Vet is one of the best websites around for health information, and if you register, you can keep your own personal and private medical records there for things like weight control, blood glucose or blood pressure monitoring that you do at home, in addition to order your meds, see your lab results, and check your appointments.
                    (KLD)
                    Respectfully I disagree. You may be doing your job and we appreciate that but you are only one person in one department in one VA. A veteran has to deal with all aspects in many VA's. I personally have only had to deal with 3 VA's in 40 plus years of SCI, you get no where until you find the right person. Until then it's question after question in hopes of finding the information needed. My Healthe Vet just came back on line this morning after being on vacation 3-1/2 days. Nuff said!

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                      #11
                      If there is spammers in this forum I will be more than happy to get rid of them .

                      Anyone can shoot me a PM
                      Sincerely ;
                      GL

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                        #12
                        The PVA actually recommends the CC in their website and I don't know why they would not provide someone to monitor this and other sites.

                        http://www.pva.org/site/c.ajIRK9NJLc..._Resources.htm

                        I will bring this up to the head of Veterans Benefits in the PVA in April. I am still a boot with the organization and to be honest I am not at the level I would like to be in order to volunteer to be moderator. I hope to be at that level soon. I have received several private messages with questions and I have no problem asking my collegues for the answers or advice.

                        KLD......the PVA has to change just like all the other veterans organizations, it is the sign of the times.

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                          #13
                          Good luck. Sherman was our previous "Veteran Advisor" but when he had to stop, we were turned down flat by the PVA national office in identifying anyone else who could help with this. I talked to Homer and several other national officers with no success.

                          (KLD)
                          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                            #14
                            KLD......you know Sherman is the head of Veterans Benefits Department at the PVA now. I had a feeling that he was the previous Veterans Advisor, I have never met him but he has been a man of change since he took up the post last year. I will email him next week and update you.

                            He believed in it then and I am sure he will beilieve in it now. The internet is one source where Veterans Issues as far as SCI/D needs to be changed.

                            Enrique

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by POPO367 View Post
                              KLD......you know Sherman is the head of Veterans Benefits Department at the PVA now. I had a feeling that he was the previous Veterans Advisor, I have never met him but he has been a man of change since he took up the post last year. I will email him next week and update you.

                              He believed in it then and I am sure he will beilieve in it now. The internet is one source where Veterans Issues as far as SCI/D needs to be changed.

                              Enrique
                              Yes, I know. I have known him since his injury, since he did his rehab with us. I recruited him to be the first moderator on this forum. Good luck. I hope you are more successful than I have been. I think this was directed from higher up in the command chain than his office in Washington.

                              (KLD)
                              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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