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November 24, 2008

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LTC Robert Vrana, NE-National Guard, Public Affairs Office, (402) 309-7300
William Ackerman, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Public Affairs, (402) 995-4719
Jeanne Atkinson, DHHS Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

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Lincoln – Four agencies signed a partnership agreement today that will assist Nebraska veterans in accessing a client-focused, integrated system to better meet all of their health care needs.

The Nebraska Partnership for Veterans Care is a collaborative effort by Nebraska’s National Guard, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

The Deputy Adjutant General of the Nebraska Military Department said the partnership is an important step to increasing awareness of the health benefits for veterans.

“As a veteran myself, I want our veterans and their families to know we’re paying attention to their health and well-being,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Bailey. “I’m proud that the Nebraska National Guard is a national leader in caring for our Soldiers and Airmen who are returning from duty. A vitally important part of that care is provided by the Partnership for Veterans Care agencies.”

The director of the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System said his goal is to increase veterans’ awareness and access to VA health care and to enroll every veteran in Nebraska into the system.

“Veterans have served America with honor. The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System is proud to now serve each of these veterans," said Al Washko, Director of the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. “Our promise is to ensure that every eligible veteran receives the ‘best care anywhere’ at their local VA health care facility.”

In addition to health care, veterans are eligible for many other VA benefits.

“I support this commitment between the federal and state agencies that serve our veterans,” said John Hilgert, director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs. “We look forward to developing new partnerships and also supporting ongoing collaborations that have formed in support of quality care for all of Nebraska’s veterans.”

“In 2007, the Partnership held a conference to help community counseling and treatment providers learn how to prepare family and friends for their loved ones’ return, and this year we held a wellness conference for returning veterans, families and providers,” Scot Adams, Ph.D., director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. “We’re all now discussing ideas for next year’s conference, which would educate employers across our state about the needs of veterans as they return to the workplace.”

A variety of resources for veterans and their families can be found at:
http://www.ptsd.ne.gov
http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/Veterans/
http://www.vets.state.ne.us/
http://www.nebraska.va.gov/
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), a toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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