9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot in Head in Croixville Housing Community; Police Detain 15-Year-Old

Concerned Residents Clean Christiansted Town Using Their Own Tools, Money, and Some Help from the VI Fire Service

Territory May See Veterans Cemetery Through DeGazon-Sponsored Bill

Credit and Debit Cards of WAPA Customers Were Compromised Since August 30th, WAPA Says, Authority to Finally Start Issuing Notification Via Mail and Email

Sports Tourism in VI Gains Momentum as DC United Team is set to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Carnival Breeze Brings 3,700 Tourists to St. Croix During Maiden Call; Senators, Tourism Officials Want to See More

Limetree Bay Willing To Provide $10 Million To Help Add Life to a Dying G.E.R.S.

American Airlines to Serve St. Croix With New Flights Next Summer

The Sudden Death of Influential Roots Reggae Visionary, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite Band and Akae Beka, Has Rocked the Virgin Islands and Reggae Community Around the World

Arthur A. Richards K-8 School Hosts Anti-Bullying Campaign

Come Out. Hang Out. Have Fun at The Meat Up, One of St. Thomas’ Latest Hot-Spot for Good Food with Friends and Family.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $47.1 Million Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Sets $3 Million Fundraising Goal

Man Dies During Early Morning Car Accident on St. Croix; Driver of Car Arrested (Updated)

'You Did Everything You Could to Prevent this from Happening': An Emotional Goodbye to Young Aaron Benjamin

Back in Business: Cost U Less on St. Thomas Opened its Doors Friday to Thousands of Customers 2 Years after Irma and Maria

Bill Aimed at Regulating Credit Use by Gov't Departments and Agencies Among Others Held in Committee

Juan Luis Hospital Announces Completion and Availability of Mobile Dialysis Facilities

Tractor Trailer With Tank Carrying Thousands Of Gallons of Liquified Gas Flips Near Cool Out Bar; Driver Injured But Alive

Credit and Debit Card Hack Through WAPA Appears to be Widespread in Virgin Islands; WAPA Says Support Services Will be Made Available to Affected Customers

Facing Life in Prison Without Parole, Mother and Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty in Murder of 4-Year-Old Boy

USVI And U.S. Dept Of Veterans Affairs To Collaborate On Veterans’ Health Issues

Health / News / Virgin Islands / August 31, 2017

ST. THOMAS — During a meeting at Government House here on Wednesday, Governor Kenneth Mapp and officials of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to collaborate more closely to expand and to improve services to veterans in the territory, Government House has announced.

The VA representatives at the meeting included interim Deputy Secretary Scott Blackburn, Acting Under Secretary of Health Dr. Poonam Alaigh, and Acting Under Secretary of Benefits Tom Murphy. Representing the VI Government, in addition to Mr. Mapp, were Veterans Affairs State Director Patrick Farrell, Lt. Governor Osbert Potter and National Guard Adjutant General Deborah Howell.

Mr. Mapp, stating that the territory’s hospitals are larger than patient census can justify, restated his offer to donate space in each facility for use as a Veterans Health Clinic, according to Government House.

Governor Mapp’s meeting with US VA at Gov’t House in St. Thomas. (Government House)

And in an attempt to further promote the strengthening of the relationship with the VA, the territory’s leader also proposed that the VA begin using certified local labs for clinical services required for veterans, especially the hospitals’ labs. He also requested that bureaucratic adjustments be made to speed up the VA payment of claims for services provided to vets, modeled after the method used by the federal government to pay Medicare claims.

Mr. Blackburn and his colleagues were receptive to the governor’s proposals and suggestions, acknowledging that veterans in the Virgin Islands require and deserve the same services available to veterans elsewhere, and that travel off-island for health care is burdensome, according to Government House. Mr. Blackburn stated that the VA’s main priority is prevention of suicides by veterans, which led to a discussion about how mental health services can be improved.

Both parties agreed to appoint staff members to collaborate and find solutions to any obstacles to progress on the issues discussed, according to Government House.

Tags: ,

Staff Consortium

Previous Post

Senators Balk At Schneider Hospital's 'Urgent' Request For Additional Funding

Next Post

Virgin Islanders In Houston Organize 'HOPE' Drive To Aid Diaspora Affected By Harvey. Here's How You Can Help

You might also like

Leave a Reply

More Story

Senators Balk At Schneider Hospital's 'Urgent' Request For Additional Funding

ST. THOMAS -- The testimony of Dr. Bernard Wheatley, C.E.O. of the Schneider Regional Medical Center (S.R.M.C.), was delivered...

August 31, 2017