Attention Veterans – Bedford VA Upcoming Reduction in Urgent Care Hours

Bedford VA will be reducing the hours of their Urgent Care Center (UCC) to be in compliance with VHA Directives. The change will be happening in two phases in an effort to ease the transition for Veterans and their families.

 Phase one begins February 3, 202,  Phase two will further reduce hours beginning April 6, 2020. (Please see matrix below)

UCC

Change Date

Days of the Week

Hours Open

WHEN Hours

Currently

N/A

7

24/7

Yes

Phase 1

FEB 3, 2020

7

8 am – 12 am (Midnight)

Yes

Phase 2

APR 6, 2020

5 (M-F) (excluding holidays)

8 am – 6 pm

No

 

 

 

Bedford VA may be changing their Urgent Care hours, but you still have options! Did you know that you can visit https://vaurgentcarelocator.triwest.com/Locator/Care to find a network Urgent Care near you?  

 

 

Merrimack Valley Veterans Collaborative Meeting at @NA_SeniorCtr on Thursday, January 30th

Kick off the New Year by trying something new!  In the spirit of true collaboration, 
join us to partner creatively with your fellow veteran service providers!

Merrimack Valley Veterans Collaborative Meeting 
Thursday, January 30
2:00 – 3:30 pm
North Andover Senior Center

RSVP to Nandi Munson at nmunson@esmv.org or (978) 946-1380

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Blue Water Navy Veterans’ disability claims to be decided beginning Jan.1, 2020

Did you serve in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975? If so, then you’re considered a Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veteran.

On Jan. 1, 2020, the Blue Water Navy Act of 2019 goes into effect. This Act was signed into law on Jun. 25, and extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, such as Agent Orange, to BWN Veterans who served as far as 12 nautical miles from the shore of Vietnam and have since developed one of 14 conditions related to exposure. Some of these conditions include Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, many forms of cancer and others. You may now be eligible for disability compensation and other benefits. In addition, if you’re a Veteran who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between Sept. 1, 1967, and Aug. 31, 1971, you may also qualify for compensation and benefits for yourself and your family members.  Click here to learn about eligibility and how to submit a claim. VAntagePoint (2019, December 13).

Click here to view the Navy and Coast Guard Ships Associated with Service in Vietnam and Exposure to Herbicide Agents.

Have questions or need assistance?  We are here to help!  Contact North Andover/Boxford Veterans Services at veterans@northandoverma.gov or 978-688-9525.


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Check Today to See if You Qualify to Enroll in the VA Health Care System!

Did you know that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates the largest health care system in the country?  There are over 1,400 sites of care nationwide.   And more great news – when you become enrolled in the VA health care system, it's for life!   You are instantly and automatically entitled to receive care at any VA location without ever having to register for VA health care benefits again. Learn more here!

After you enroll, you can immediately start receiving your health care at a VA facility, or at a later date – the choice is yours. Enrolling in the VA health care system is quick and easy – click here to complete an online Application for Health Benefits.
Need assistance?   North Andover-Boxford Veterans Services is here to support you!  Contact us at 978-688-9525.
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Attend the Merrimack Valley Veterans Collaborative Meeting on Thursday, November 21st from 2:00-3:30pm.

Merrimack Valley Veterans Collaborative Meeting 
Thursday, November 21st 
2:00-3:30pm
Hosted by the Massachusetts School of Law Andover
500 Federal Street, Andover

 

With a presentation by Air Force Veteran, William Shuttleworth.  
Please RSVP via email to nmunson@esmv.org  or by calling (978) 946-1380.
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Enrolling in the VA Health Care System is Quick and Easy – Check Today to See if You Qualify!

Did you know that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates the largest health care system in the country?  There are over 1,400 sites of care nationwide.   And more great news – when you become enrolled in the VA health care system, it's for life!   You are instantly and automatically entitled to receive care at any VA location without ever having to register for VA health care benefits again. Learn more here!
After you enroll, you can immediately start receiving your health care at a VA facility, or at a later date – the choice is yours. Enrolling in the VA health care system is quick and easy – click here to complete an online Application for Health Benefits.
Need assistance?   North Andover-Boxford Veterans Services is here to support you!  Contact us at 978-688-9525.
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Veterans Employer Panel hosted by Merrimack Valley Career Center on Thursday, November 21st

Merrimack Valley Career Center 
invites you to attend
Giving Recognition to our VETERAN FRIENDLY EMPLOYERS 
THURSDAY, NOV 21, 2019 • 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM 
NORTHERN ESSEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE
100 ELLIOT ST., HAVERHILL, MA 
DINNER WILL BE SERVED 
Seating is Limited –RSVP is required For Veterans and Spouses (No Children Please)
 RSVP to bryhn.mcleod@detma.org by Monday, November 18, 2019
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Attention Veterans: Stop in and pick up a pin!

Veterans Day is right around the corner – what a great time to meet your VSO!  Joe and Crystal from Veterans Services of North Andover and Boxford invite you to stop by, say hello, and pick up a pin (available while supplies last).  We are available M,W,Th 9-4:30, Tues 9-6, or Friday 9-12.
We look forward to seeing you!
Veterans Services of North Andover and Boxford
120 Main Street
(Lower Level)
North Andover, MA 
(978) 688-9525
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