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VA’s National Pharmacogenomics (PGx) Program: When One Size Does Not Fit All

VA now offers genetic testing that can reduce medication side effects and the trial-and-error process of trying different drugs in varying doses. VA’s National Pharmacogenomics (PGx) Program is the largest drug-gene-interaction testing program in the country and helps predict how veterans may respond to different medications.  There are specific genes linked to how a body processes or responds to specific medications and VA doctors and pharmacists can now order these genetic tests and use the […]

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May 22 Convention Town Hall to Offer General Overview and Offsite Details

Please join us on Wednesday, May 22, at 2:00pm Eastern Time for the next in a series of BVA National Convention virtual Town Halls. The upcoming meeting, accessible via Zoom, will provide BVA members, families, and friends with the latest news and information to assist them in the planning process. Specifically, attendees will be provided with the following: Overview of the 79th National Convention, including important dates, events, and registration. Explanation of available offsite activities courtesy […]

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Honor the Fallen by Carrying The Load during May

It isn’t too late to sign up to “Carry The Load” and be a part of the 20,000-mile cross-country trek honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military and interred in VA National Cemeteries. The march occurs throughout May, traveling through 34 cemeteries along five separate routes covering 48 states in what is known as the National Relay for Memorial Day 2024.  VA’s National Cemetery Administration is partnering with […]

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VA Mobile App Continues to Grow in Reach and Capability

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health and Benefits mobile application puts VA information and resources at veterans’ fingertips via their smartphones—anywhere, anytime. The capabilities of the app include, but are not limited to, the viewing and canceling of health care appointments, refilling and tracking VA-dispensed prescriptions, checking on claims and appeals status, uploading documentation to VA, obtaining vaccine records, sending a message to a doctor, locating a VA facility, and accessing the Veterans Crisis […]

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Virtual Town Hall Offers Convention Reminders and Updates, Urges Registration

A national historic landmark, the Florida Theatre in the middle of downtown Jacksonville is one of only four remaining high-style movie palaces built in the state in the 1920s. It now hosts more than 200 annual events, everything from ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country, and blues concerts. Photo courtesy of Ken McCray Photography and Visit Jacksonville. Thanks go out to BVA members and friends who attended the third in our series […]

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Guide Dog G Reports Improbable Recovery of Wallet in Florida

“G”, BVA’s April Ambassadog. As Ambassadogs, we sometimes can’t resist being a bit nosy, especially when it comes to knowing what our human handlers think and say about us guide dogs. My dad, Arsenio, gave me the green light to tune into the tail end of Tuesday’s BVA Dog Handler Group meeting. Something intriguing unfolded after the official meeting wrapped up: a chat between Yoneka Trent, the meeting’s moderator that day, and Teresa Galgano, the […]

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Next Virtual Convention Town Hall Set for April 24

Attention BVA members and friends! Please join us this Wednesday, April 24, at 2:00pm Eastern Time, for the third in our series of BVA National Convention Town Halls. The upcoming session via Zoom will provide you with the latest news and information to assist you in your convention planning process. Read more. Specifically, attendees at the Town Hall will be provided with the following: An overview of the 79th National Convention, including all the important […]

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Kent to Toss Frisbee to G

My tenure as the March Ambassadog has come to an end. It is now time to toss the frisbee to my fellow Ambassadog “G” who guides BVA member Arsenio Cordero. Throughout the month of April, “G” will share tales and a few informative details about his working life.   I enjoyed sharing my adventures with you and hopefully my dad, Rob, and I have been a great example of empowering dignity, independence, and self-worth. We hope […]

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March 28 Recognizes BVA Pioneers Past and Present

At just 20 years old, Corporal Matthew Bradford was fighting for his life, battling depression and guilt after sustaining life-threatening injuries. It was January 18, 2007, when a bomb planted by an insurgent in Haditha, Iraq, exploded inside a culvert directly underneath his feet. The injuries resulted, among other long-term consequences, in immediate blindness and loss of both legs. Throughout most of his youth, Matthew had a strong impression that it was his mission in […]

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BVA Awarded Grant from Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (RDPFS)

From left to right: BVA Executive Director Tim Hornik, BVA National President Paul Mimms, and BVA National Development Director Meredith Buono-Dagrossa. BVA is pleased to announce the reception of a Reader’s Digest Partners For Sight (RDPFS) grant to support the Association’s Ambassador Program. Consisting of a national network of trained volunteers, the Ambassador Program provides information about benefits and services available to veterans and connects them with resources they can access through BVA, the Department […]