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American Legion’s first female national commander Denise Rohan visits Salem

The governor of Oregon. The governor’s veterans’ policy advisor. The chiefs of staff for the Oregon Air and Army National Guard. And the acting director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

All women.

All front and center to meet the national commander of the American Legion, who also is a woman.

At the risk of offending someone, the girl power was palpable Jan. 12 in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the State Capitol.

Gov. Kate Brown, veterans’ policy adviser Nakeia Daniels, Air National Guard Col. Jenifer Pardy, Army National Guard Col. Leah Sundquist and acting ODVA director Sheronne Blasi were among the dignitaries on hand to officially welcome Denise Rohan to Oregon.

Rohan is the first female national commander in the 99-year history of the American Legion, which is the nation’s largest veterans’ organization with 2 million members.  Read more  at the Statesman Journal.

VA Seeks Public Comment on Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking public comments on how it can further strengthen and improve caregiver support through the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC).
Through a Federal Register notice, VA announced a 30-day comment period to hear from stakeholders on whether and how PCAFC should be refined to support Veterans and their family caregivers.
“With this opportunity, VA is following through on our promise to provide better service and improve consistency for the program,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “We’ve heard participants’ concerns and encourage them to share their personal experiences and perspectives to help us make changes.”
VA will use feedback, requested through responses to questions, to guide any future regulatory modifications to support family caregivers of Veterans most in need, while also improving the program under the current law.
Through PCAFC, VA provides support for certain family caregivers of eligible Veterans seriously injured in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, including a monthly stipend, access to health-care for eligible caregivers, counseling, training and respite care.
For information about how to submit comments, visit the Federal Register notice.
More information about the VA Caregiver Support Program is available at www.caregiver.va.gov.