Next CVO Meeting April 17, 2019

The next meeting of CVO is on this Wednesday, April 17th at 7 PM at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center at 820 S Damen in Chicago. It will be in the second floor Conference Room.

The agenda will include a report about the advances in the struggle for Dental Care for all Veterans, the Bill (HR 96) that calls for that, and our radio and TV efforts to get the word out. There will be more, of course!

The elections to the CVO Executive Committee will be held at the May meeting. Pay your Individual dues ($10) or Organizational dues ($50) in order to vote!

As usual, refreshments will be served.

Parking in the garage will be validated. Get the validation at the front desk as you arrive!

See you there!

Next CVO Meeting March 20, 2019

The next meeting of CVO will be held on this Wednesday, March 20th, at 7 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S Damen in Chicago.

There will be a presentation by Quincy McCall (Whitehead), Director of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Be sure to come out and hear this important presentation!

Also on the agenda will be Nominations for the Executive Committee of CVO. All nominations will be made at this meeting. Elections to the Executive Committee will be held at the April meeting (Wednesday, April 17th).

Come early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting. Validate your garage parking when you arrive at the front desk.

The Executive Committee will meet at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 20th before the regular membership meeting to discuss nominations. Please show up early to make sure we can conduct our business in a timely manner.

See you there!

Next CVO Meeting February 20, 2019

The next meeting of CVO will be held at 7 PM next Wednesday, February 20th at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center at 820 S. Damen in Chicago in the 2nd floor Conference Room.

There will be a presentation on African-American History by Mr. Stanley Porter, an original Montford Point Marine who served in the segregated Marine Corps in World War II. We will also have updates on the struggle for veterans dental care, on the VA Director’s meeting at Jesse Brown and more.

Don’t forget membership dues are due. Individual Memberships are just $10; Organizational Memberships are just $50.

Garage parking will be validated; get it validated at the front desk AS YOU ARRIVE. As usual, refreshments will be served. Arrive early to make sure the pizza is hot!

In case of inclement weather, call 773-243-2335 for an update on the status of the meeting.

Next CVO Meeting January 16, 2019

The first meeting of 2019 for CVO will be held this coming Wednesday, January 16th at 7 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of Jesse Brown VA.

We’ll bring you up to date on what’s been going on with CVO over the last few months. The key presentation will be on the new bill for Dental Care for Veterans, HR 96. Come ready to contact your Congress Person to get Co-sponsors for the new bill!!

Also, the Executive Committee will meet at 6 PM before the regular membership meeting. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS: ARRIVE EARLY (5:45 PM) FOR THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING!

If the weather is bad, call 773-243-2335 (CVO Voicemail) to find out if the meeting is going to be held or cancelled.

As usual, there will be refreshments and parking will be validated. Get parking validation BEFORE the meeting, when you arrive.

Next CVO Meeting October 17, 2018

The next meeting of CVO is this Wednesday, October 17th at Jesse Brown VA (820 S Damen in Chicago) at 7 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Come at 6:30 to ensure your pizza is hot and to talk with Executive Committee Members.

The agenda includes a return by Bill Luna and his presentation on the history of Mexican American Veterans. Bill has made a dynamic presentation on this subject before and you can be sure there will be a lively discussion.

We will also have an update on Veterans Dental Care and the introduction of S 3133, the Senate version of the House bill calling for Dental Care for all veterans.

As usual, pizza will be served. Parking in the garage will be validated; get the validation when you arrive.

See you there!

Vets complain of poor VA dental care, non-profit group steps in to help

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By: Natalie Bomke

They fought for our country and now they are fighting for care. FOX 32 has learned of serious neglect in the national policy for our veterans’ dental care.

In some cases, the Department of Veterans Affairs is allowed to pull out all of a veteran’s teeth, but not replace them, leaving the veteran toothless.

Charles Medalis served his country in Vietnam, but 50 years later, he’s taking on a new battle. Medalis suffered an extensive infection in his mouth back in 2015.

Doctors from the Department of Veterans Affairs performed surgery and had to pull out all off his teeth.

“So they called me in there, and they ripped 23 teeth out at once,” Medalis said.

The surgery fixed the infection, but Medalis was left toothless. He then asked for dentures, but was told he didn’t qualify for dental care from the VA.

“It changes your whole life, you can’t eat right, you can’t look right, and people don’t understand what you say as much,” Medalis said.

He was left looking for answers, and then the group “Smiles for Veterans” stepped in.

“If it had not been for our program, Smiles for Veterans, providing Charles with that full set of dentures, he would have been toothless for 3 years,” said Patricia DeVore.

DeVore is the founder of Smiles for Veterans — a program developed by VFW Auxiliary Post 74-52 in Montgomery, Illinois.

In three years, the non-profit has funded dental care for nearly 100 veterans who don’t qualify for it through the VA.

“Most are Vietnam-era veterans, they were subjected to Agent Orange, which everybody knows that poison stays in their systems forever, and one of the places that it does first show its ugly head is on the mouth, their teeth,” DeVore said.

In the fine print, seven categories of veterans are eligible for VA dental care including former POW’s, homeless veterans and veterans deemed 100 percent disabled by the VA.

Medalis fell into the latter category earlier this year, and received dental implants from the VA.

“They should replace your teeth, they should make you whole again, under any conditions,” he said.

“There’s a cost to it, but there’s also a cost to not doing it, that leads to much more expensive health problems among our veterans, so healthy veterans ultimately save dollars in the long run for the VA,” said Congressman Randy Hultgren.

“Vets gave this country a shot at losing their life, and anybody who does that should be re-considered and given benefits,” Medalis said.

The Department of Veterans Affairs told FOX 32 that, “when veterans do not meet VA dental eligibility criteria, we try to work with agency partners to help ensure they receive the dental care they need.”

However, the veterans we spoke with indicated it was up to them to fund the cost of dentures or partials.

Seven Illinois congressmen and women are co-sponsors of legislation that would provide dental care to all veterans.

Smiles for Veterans is asking you to contact your member of congress and urge them to become a co-sponsor.

Original source: www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/vets-complain-of-poor-va-dental-care-non-profit-group-steps-in-to-help

Next CVO Meeting June 20, 2018

The next meeting of CVO is on Wednesday, June 20th at 7 PM at Jesse Brown VA (820 S Damen in Chicago) in the 2nd floor Conference Room.

The agenda will include an update on the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and an update on the CVO Flipcause Fundraising Campaign. We will also talk about the struggle against VA privatization.

Additionally, we will have a report on the fight for Dental Care for veterans. Attendees are encouraged to bring in any article, email, or other communication from a national veterans’ organization regarding HR 4556 on Dental Care. We need to see what other organizations are doing about this issue.

As usual, pizza will be served and parking will be validated.

Come and support CVO!

Next CVO Meeting July 19, 2017

The next meeting of CVO will be this Wednesday, July 19th at 7 PM in the Prescription Conference Room on the 2nd Floor of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center at 820 S Damen Ave in Chicago. Parking will be validated.

The agenda will include feedback from all Member Organizations in attendance on what they need and expect from CVO and the direction of CVO in the future. Further, we will continue our discussion of Veterans Dental Care. There will be a presentation about a program where veterans who dropped out of high school to enlist, can now get their diplomas.

We will have a sheet where attendees will put in their names as well as those of their State Senators and Representatives. The purpose will be to have a list of who is represented by whom, but it will also show who does and does not know who their legislators are.

REMINDER: If you have not already done so, please contact your State Senator and Representative, asking them to sign on as cosponsors for Senate Bill 922 and House Bill 1803, to provide dental care for veterans. In addition, please spread the word to the members of  your organizations, and please tell the members of your organizations to do the same. If these bills die in committee, for a lack of support, we will have only ourselves to blame.

As usual, there will be light refreshments.

See you at the CVO

Help Get Dental Care For Illinois Vets

Not all vets get their health care through the VA, but even for those who do, only some get dental care. We now have a chance to try to get dental care for Illinois Vets, provided that we all put forth the effort to make it happen.

State Sen. Omar Aquino has introduced SB 622 (http://cqrcengage.com/dentalil/app/bill/853397?7), and State  Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez introduced a corresponding bill, HB 1803 (http://cqrcengage.com/dentalil/app/bill/863394?1), that would, among other things, give us dental care.

Hopefully, these will be enacted, but it’s also highly possible that they will die in committee without ever reaching the floor for a vote. A key to moving the bills forward is for many other State Reps. and Senators to sign on as cosponsors. So far, the Senators who have signed are: Iris Martinez, Julie Morrison, and William McCann. The Reps. who have signed are: Kathleen Willis, Silvana Tabares, Sara Feigenholtz, and Will Guzzardi.

Ask members of your organization to contact their State Senators and Reps. to ask them to support this legislation by signing on as cosponsors.

If you don’t know who they are, go to: http://il–nea.capwiz.com/nea/il/directory/statedir.tt?state=IL&lvl=state

If you don’t like that website, and you vote in Chicago, go to www.chicagoelections.com. Click on the tab for VOTING, and from the dropdown menu, click on VOTER INFORMATION. Enter your information and click SEARCH. Then click on your name, and on the next page, click the tab for PUBLIC OFFICIALS, and you will not only get your State Rep. and Sen., but also every other elected official who represents (or rules over) you.

To track the progress on these bills, go to ilga.gov.  On the upper left part of the page is a window where you can input the number of the bill, and the latest information will be displayed.

Sincerely,

Larry E. Nazimek
CVO Vice Chmn.
Chmn. Of Veterans Affairs Cmte.