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Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, January 17, 2023 #cal-notice

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Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-05:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

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Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, January 17, 2023 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-05:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

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Re: Lise Hamlin, HLAA Public Policy Director will join our VAAVC Meeting on Jan 17th

Ronald Drach
 

On Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 06:37:54 PM EST, Carla Beyer-Smolin <cbeyer-smolin@...> wrote:


Hello VAAVC members,
We will be joined by Lise Hamlin, HLAA Public Policy Director at our next meeting to engage our discussion about website and telehealth accessibility issues for veterans with hearing loss. You will need to register for the next meeting and you have been sent a calendar reminder. Please ignore the April 2022 date in the email as this is a repeated event on our group calendar since April 2022.

Please register for this meeting and you will be registering for meetings for the year ahead. 

 

REGISTER

 
I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday evening.


Please also note that there will be an HLAA Webinar on Jan 17 at 2 pm ET with Hamilton CapTel. The presenters will talk about the Heroes with Hearing Loss Program and I hope that they will join us in February for a follow-up meeting. Click on this link for more information: https://www.hearingloss.org/event/hlaa-showcase-webinar-hamilton-captel-solutions-for-connecting/?instance_id=119


Best regards,
Carla Beyer-Smolin
HLAA Chapter and Membership Coordinator


Lise Hamlin, HLAA Public Policy Director will join our VAAVC Meeting on Jan 17th

Carla Beyer-Smolin
 

Hello VAAVC members,
We will be joined by Lise Hamlin, HLAA Public Policy Director at our next meeting to engage our discussion about website and telehealth accessibility issues for veterans with hearing loss. You will need to register for the next meeting and you have been sent a calendar reminder. Please ignore the April 2022 date in the email as this is a repeated event on our group calendar since April 2022.

Please register for this meeting and you will be registering for meetings for the year ahead. 

 

REGISTER

 
I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday evening.


Please also note that there will be an HLAA Webinar on Jan 17 at 2 pm ET with Hamilton CapTel. The presenters will talk about the Heroes with Hearing Loss Program and I hope that they will join us in February for a follow-up meeting. Click on this link for more information: https://www.hearingloss.org/event/hlaa-showcase-webinar-hamilton-captel-solutions-for-connecting/?instance_id=119


Best regards,
Carla Beyer-Smolin
HLAA Chapter and Membership Coordinator


Updated Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting #cal-invite

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Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York
Repeats: Monthly on the third Tuesday

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

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Updated Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting #cal-invite

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Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York
Repeats: Monthly on the third Tuesday

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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Description:

We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

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Casey Letter to VA on Section 508 Compliance

Ronald Drach
 

I sent this info about Senator Casey back in June. This has been ongoing since.

Ron

http://www.conceptscommunications.com/team/ronald-drach/



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From: "Ronald Drach via hlaagroups.hearingloss.org" <consultrwd=yahoo.com@...>
Date: June 7, 2022 at 11:40:42 AM EDT
To: HLAAVeterans@...
Subject: [HLAAVeterans] Casey Letter to VA on Section 508 Compliance
Reply-To: HLAAVeterans@...

FYI! I talked to the staff for more than an hour mostly about hearing loss/captioning (including captioning for telehealth) and other 508 issues. 

I look forward to seeing some of you in Tampa in a few weeks.

Ron

http://www.conceptscommunications.com/team/ronald-drach/



Begin forwarded message:

From: "Hartman, Doug (Aging)" <Doug_Hartman@...>
Date: June 7, 2022 at 11:20:31 AM EDT
To: "Hartman, Doug (Aging)" <Doug_Hartman@...>
Subject: Casey Letter to VA on Section 508 Compliance



Good morning,

 

I wanted to flag that Senate Aging Committee Chairman Casey Bob Casey sent the attached letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Section 508 compliance yesterday morning. It had ten signatures total, five Democrats and five Republicans, including Aging Committee Ranking Member Tim Scott and the Chairs and Ranking Members of both the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

 

The Aging Committee press release on the letter is here. Stars and Stripes also wrote an article, which is here.

 

Thank you for your help with our efforts on this issue. Chairman Casey looks forward to continuing to work on website accessibility at both VA and across the federal government. If you have thoughts or questions about our work in this space, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Sincerely,

 

Douglas Hartman

Research and Policy Analyst

Chairman Bob Casey

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging

G-41 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

202-224-5364

 

 


Article about the VA access

Carla Beyer-Smolin
 

Hi VAAVC members,

 

FYI from Steve Sterry about VA websites not being accessible. It was discussed at the meeting tonight that many of the VA medical meeting platforms also do have have captioning access. It was discussed at the meeting tonight that this may be a great focus for the chapter to jump on to show support for veterans with hearing loss.

 

 

Go to https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2022/12/14/va-website-accessibility-disabled-veterans/

 

Best regards,

 

Carla Beyer-Smolin

Chapter and Membership Coordinator

Hearing Loss Association of America

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From: Steve Sterry <steve.sterry@...>
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2022 7:06 PM
To: Carla Beyer-Smolin <cbeyer-smolin@...>
Subject: Article about the VA

 

I thought that you might be interested in reading the article referenced below.  This parallels our complaints about the VA ignoring the hearing disabilities of many of our veterans.  Perhaps we might want to send in an OpEd to the Washington Post that discusses the problems that our hearing disabled have with accessing VA sites.

 

Go to https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2022/12/14/va-website-accessibility-disabled-veterans/

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Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, December 20, 2022 #cal-notice

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Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-05:00) America/New York

Where:
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Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

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Re: Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, December 20, 2022 #cal-reminder

Jim Rau
 

I have Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter meeting tomorrow but I’ll try to sign on if I can. 

I don’t know this panelist. 


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Reminder: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-05:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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Description:

We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

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Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, December 20, 2022 #cal-reminder

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When:
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Where:
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Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

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This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

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Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, November 15, 2022 #cal-notice

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Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-05:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

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Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, November 15, 2022 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-05:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

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We salute you on Veteran's Day!

Carla Beyer-Smolin
 

Dear VAAVC Members,

I wanted to forward yesterday’s Hearing Life e-news. HLAA salutes you and your families today and we thank you for your service!

 

Best regards,

Carla Beyer-Smolin

Chapter and Membership Coordinator

 

 

Hearing Life e-News

 

November 10, 2022

hearingloss.org

Saluting our heroes

 

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Did you know that hearing loss is the most common service-connected disability, affecting 2.7 million of our nation’s veterans? HLAA was founded by Rocky Stone, a U.S. Army veteran who sustained hearing loss during his service, and today HLAA offers unique ongoing support to veterans.

 

Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) David Schible lost his hearing during combat deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. He now helps other veterans navigate their hearing loss, as the vice president of HLAA’s virtual veteran’s chapter.

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If you or someone you know is a veteran, learn more here.

 

 

HLAA featured live on Dr. Cliff Show

 

Barbara Kelley on the Dr. Cliff Show

HLAA Executive Director, Barbara Kelley, joined the Dr. Cliff Show live from Phoenix, AZ, to talk about HLAA’s mission, OTC hearing aids, Medicare coverage and more.

Local and national media are turning to HLAA for hearing health expertise.

 

See our updated list of HLAA’s news clips.

 

Walk4Hearing wraps in West, raises $911,000 YTD

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Walk4Hearing made its way across the country, ending the 2022 season with Walks in Mesa and San Diego on November 5.

 

You can still help us reach our $1 million goal for 2022, by donating to any Walk today.

 

 

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Don Doherty has COVID again

Carla Beyer-Smolin
 

Dear VAAVC Chapter members,
Don called me on Tuesday morning to let me that he is back in the hospital again with COVID. He and his daughter both have it. He can take no visitors at this time so some well wishes are encouraged!

Here is Don's email. dondoherty46@....

Hope you all are safe and well.

Best regards,
Carla Beyer-Smolin
HLAA Chapter and Membership Coordinator


Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 10/18/2022 #cal-notice

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Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
10/18/2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

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Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 10/18/2022 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
10/18/2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

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Re: VA Committees

Steve Sterry
 

No wonder we have problems.  Prosthetics these days seem to focus on devices, not people.

Steven C. Sterry, M.A./M.B.A.
10149 Grayling AV. – Whittier, CA  90603-2608
Phone (562) 947-2258


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On Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 7:10 PM Ronald Drach via hlaagroups.hearingloss.org <consultrwd=yahoo.com@...> wrote:
The advisory committee on prosthetics has responsibility for hearing loss. I will follow up tomorrow.


On Sep 20, 2022, at 10:03 PM, Steve Sterry <steve.sterry@...> wrote:


It seems to me that the VA needs an advisory committee for disability issues.

Steven C. Sterry, M.A./M.B.A.
10149 Grayling AV. – Whittier, CA  90603-2608
Phone (562) 947-2258


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On Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 6:11 PM Ronald Drach via hlaagroups.hearingloss.org <consultrwd=yahoo.com@...> wrote:
Here is a link to VA’s national advisory committees. Nothing about hearing loss. Some are established by law and others administratively.

These are national and Don is correct in that local hospitals can establish their own.




Re: VA Committees

Ronald Drach
 

The advisory committee on prosthetics has responsibility for hearing loss. I will follow up tomorrow.

Ron

http://www.conceptscommunications.com/team/ronald-drach/



On Sep 20, 2022, at 10:03 PM, Steve Sterry <steve.sterry@...> wrote:


It seems to me that the VA needs an advisory committee for disability issues.

Steven C. Sterry, M.A./M.B.A.
10149 Grayling AV. – Whittier, CA  90603-2608
Phone (562) 947-2258


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On Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 6:11 PM Ronald Drach via hlaagroups.hearingloss.org <consultrwd=yahoo.com@...> wrote:
Here is a link to VA’s national advisory committees. Nothing about hearing loss. Some are established by law and others administratively.

These are national and Don is correct in that local hospitals can establish their own.




Re: VA Committees

Steve Sterry
 

It seems to me that the VA needs an advisory committee for disability issues.

Steven C. Sterry, M.A./M.B.A.
10149 Grayling AV. – Whittier, CA  90603-2608
Phone (562) 947-2258


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On Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 6:11 PM Ronald Drach via hlaagroups.hearingloss.org <consultrwd=yahoo.com@...> wrote:
Here is a link to VA’s national advisory committees. Nothing about hearing loss. Some are established by law and others administratively.

These are national and Don is correct in that local hospitals can establish their own.