Member Tony Cantrone Air Force retiree,VVA & DAV member volunteering
at the Freedoms Foundation Clean-up. Thank you Tony
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study (VE-HEROeS), a national study on the health and well-being of Vietnam Veterans, including Blue Water Navy Veterans, as well as Veterans who served elsewhere during the Vietnam Era (1961-1975), and similarly aged U.S. residents who never served in the military.
Beginning this fall, VA will invite approximately 43,000 Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans, and approximately 11,000 members of the general U.S. population to participate in VE-HEROeS. Researchers have scientifically selected a random sample of individuals for participation, and are not able to accept volunteers. VA encourages all those who are invited to fully participate in the study.
Because of the small sample size (which was limited because of budget), it is vital that every veteran who receives a survey do their best to fill it out completely and honestly and return it to the Survey Team. Because the Blue Water Navy segment is just a small subset of the overall veteran population, it is even more important that every Survey that goes out to a Blue Water Navy veteran be completed and returned; the higher the return rate, the better the picture of our current health status that can be drawn. This Study can show important ‘indications and tendencies’ for the health of each cohort, but this Study WILL NOT be a “groundbreaking study of Blue Water Navy health outcomes” as has been previously stated by the Compensation Division of the Veteran Benefits Administration. But even assessing the health trends and tendencies still depends on a high return rate to provide a higher probability for whatever data that can be gathered at this point in time. And every survey received will be one additional data point reporting the overall health for each group of Vietnam Era veterans.
All participants in VE-HEROeS will be asked to fill out a questionnaire on their military service, general health, age-related conditions, health care use, and the health experiences of their children and grandchildren. A smaller group will be invited to agree to a medical records review. Topics of special focus for the study include cognition, hepatitis C infection, and neurologic conditions.
The surveys will start mailing out next week or so. Because of the small sample size, it is important to get the highest maximum Return Rate as absolutely possible.
MOH Grove Cleanup
Sat, Sept 17th
LIGHT raking – please do not rake down to the dirt. We want some soil coverage.
Shoveling dirt along the new roadway
Footwear for the woods – no sandals or flipflops
Gloves- work gloves
Bug Spray – up to you
Clothing for the woods
Rakes – please mark so you know it’s yours
Shovels – please mark so you know it’s yours
Tarps – for the leaves
Gas Leaf Blowers
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
We need a few trucks to take the branches to the compost site. See you Saturday!