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Charles George VA Medical Center

COVID-19 Update, Friday October 23, 2020

Are you a caregiver? If you are, we know you are busy and may find it hard to find time to take care of yourself. VA's Caregiver Support Program's Taking Care of Yourself course is designed to provide you with some quick and easy strategies, tools, and tips to help you protect and improve your health and well-being. Caregivers of Veterans who receive care from VA and Veterans caring for another are eligible to attend. The course is presented to caregivers by virtual platforms or telephone access in their homes. The course is 2 hours in length and taught by a VA Caregiver Center Instructor. Talk with your local Caregiver Support Coordinator (CSC) to learn more and to register to attend. Everyone will receive a Taking Care of Yourself Workbook to follow along during the presentation.

What You Will Learn:

* Healthy Eating and Recipes

* Protecting and Improving Your Physical Health

* Falling and Staying Asleep

* Protecting and Improving Your Emotional Health

* Caregiver Survival Tools

* How to Create a Personal Action Plan for Taking Care of You

For more information, please contact: Emily Pitts


More than 22k Claims granted to Blue Water Navy Veterans in 2020

The National Archives is digitizing more than 1,800 deck logs to determine ship locations, which helps VA confirm service. VA estimates there are between 420-560k Vietnam-era Veterans who may be considered Blue Water Navy Veterans.



Free Audio Books for Veterans with disabilities

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable.



Have You Scheduled Your Mammogram?

* In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

* 64 percent of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast), for which the five-year survival rate is 99 percent.

* This year, an estimated 42,170 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S.

* Although rare, men get breast cancer too<. In 2020, an estimated 2,620 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and about 520 will die.

* One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime

* Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2020, approximately 30 percent of all new women cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.

* There are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

* On average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.

* Though African American women are diagnosed less often with breast cancer, African American women are most often diagnosed with Stage 3 when initially seen.




White Ribbon VA

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the White Ribbon VA Campaign, which is a month-long national call to action to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment and domestic violence. This is an opportunity where all VA employees can participate. We also invite Veterans and our community partners to join in with us. Simply pledge to never commit, tolerate or remain silent about violence against others.

VA has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and assault in the workplace, and we have made incredible strides to ensure all patients, staff and visitors are safe when they visit our facilities. This is something I care very deeply about as a Veteran who gets medical care at VA. Keeping our guests safe in our medical facilities, benefits offices and Veterans cemeteries is our top priority.

Sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence are Nationwide problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. Sadly, more than 10 million Americans suffer at the hands of loved ones each year, and women are twice as likely to be targets of these heinous crimes as men.

The White Ribbon VA pledge is a way we can stand together in this effort here at VA. Take 20 minutes today to review White Ribbon VA: What It Means for Our VA Community (module 42610) in the VA Talent Management System. Learn about available resources and how you can take an active stance again sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Also, join me in wearing a white ribbon in October. You will help VA leadership and staff send the message that there is no room in this country for harassment or violence. Thank you for your support and participation.



Do you know someone who would like to work serving our Veterans and who has RETAIL and FOOD SERVICE experience?

Our local Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) at the Charles George VA Medical Center is hiring part-time employees.

They can start working right away!!

VCS offers competitive benefits, including:

10 Paid Government Holidays Off

Annual Cost of Living Pay Increases

Major Medical, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance

Vacation & Sick Leave

Retirement Plan and 401K

Day Shift - Mondays through Fridays


Starting Pay $11.22/hr

If you know someone who is interested,

please have them email their resume to

Tara.Wilkinson or call 828-298-7911 ext. 5296.

Stay Well!

Vicki Eatmon

Voluntary Service

Charles George VA Medial Center

1100 Tunnel Road

Asheville, NC 28805

828-298-7911 ext 4117

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