What Dianne is Reading: More Help for Our Veterans

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In this feature of the Genki Living blog, I would like to share with you helpful articles, interesting research, and useful health information that I came across in the past week.

For those of you who attended the Genki Conference: Veteran’s Edition on Saturday, August, 22, 2015, at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, you heard Garry Monji, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Officer of Veterans Affairs (VA), announce that the VA would be launching a new website that will bring together all of the approximately 1,000 VA websites in one place.

On September 3, the VA’s Chief Veterans Experience Officer, Tom Allin, reiterated that the new portal – called Vets.gov – will launch on Veteran’s Day 2015. 

Currently, veterans must go to one site (www.eBenefits.va.gov) to apply for VA benefits, and once enrolled, they must go to another site (www.MyHealtheVet.gov) to access their health care information and appointments.

With implementation of the new one-stop site, veterans should be able to:

  • Add dependents,
  • Check on claims,
  • Change addresses, and
  • Sign up for education benefits

The VA is also working on creating a complete client database and a national call center.  Currently, the VA has 225 separate databases of information on veterans, and information is not shared among these databases. When the national call center opens, veterans will be able to call one 800 number to get about one-fifth of questions answered on the spot, with the remaining questions directly referred to subject matter experts.  There is no launch date yet for the consolidated databases or national call center.

In the meantime, if you have questions about VA benefits, please contact the speakers who were at the Genki Conference: Veteran’s Edition. Names and contact information are included in the Conference Program Book.


Vet Conf Garry

Garry Monji, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Officer of the VA consulting with one of the participants at the Veteran’s Conference.


Vet Conf 2

One of the speakers, Charles O. Green, Interim Chief of Communication, of the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System of the VA assisting one of the conference participants.



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Keiro’s Genki Living Programs, a part of the Kawana Center for Healthy Living, supports individuals to obtain, process, and understand health information so that they can manage their health for optimal wellness.

About the Author: 

Dianne Kujubu Belli is the Chief Administrative Officer of Keiro. Dianne stays genki by doing cardio and light weight training four days a week at the gym and dances Argentine tango.

The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.  Full disclaimer

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