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					     Veteran Updates
     San Francisco VA Medical Center




         News and updates on Veterans issues from the San Francisco VA Medical Center • April 2012


Veterans Garden in Full Bloom                                                              Survey for Veterans
The Veterans Garden was created in
summer 2010 by Veterans from various                                                       Who Use VA Health
clinics, including the Mental Health                                                       Care
and Substance Abuse clinics. It was
designed by VA gardener Les Earl and
is located across the street from the                                                     The VA is conducting a national
Community Living Center (CLC). This                                                       survey. A random sample of
winter Veterans were able to plant                                                        42,000 Veterans who are enrolled
their first crop of various vegetables                                                    in the VA system will be surveyed
and herbs. The Veterans that planted                                                      between March 26 and June
and maintained the garden were then                                                       26. Enrolled Veterans who are
able to harvest the produce for their                                                     selected to complete the survey
own use. CLC residents have been                                                          will receive a letter with more
able to use the area to relax, meditate,                                                  information.
and rest in the sun and they’ll even be
using some of the garden vegetables                                                       The purpose of the survey is to
for their dinner club. Veterans from the                                                  give the VA critical and essential
Women’s Clinic will soon have a couple                                                    information of how Veterans
of the raised beds to use for themselves.                                                 use VA health services. This
The garden is open to all Veterans who                                                    information supports annual
are interested in working in the garden.                                                  VHA projections of enrollment,
For more information call Bill Clift at                                                   utilization, and expenditures, as
(415) 221-4810, ext. 4922.                                                                well as into a variety of high level
                                                                                          VHA budget and policy related
                                                                                          analyses.
Get Ready to Walk & Roll!                                                                 The survey may be by phone,
On Wednesday, May 16, the San               front of the Community Living Center          mail, or online. If you are selected,
Francisco VA Medical Center will be         (CLC) at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m.,   your participation will help
joining VA Medical Center’s across          or 5 p.m. A Zumba class will also be          ensure that VA provides the best
the country to host the                     held at the CLC at noon. There is no          care possible for Veterans, when
annual VA2K Walk and                                      entry fee but participants      and where it is needed.
Roll, benefitting                                                   are encouraged
homeless Veterans                                                   to donate an          If you’d like to see previous survey
and promoting                                                      item for homeless      reports, visit VA’s planning and
health and                                                          or in-need            policy website at: www.va.gov/
wellness.                                                          Veterans. Items        healthpolicyplanning/reports1.
Employees and                                             being accepted include:         asp.
Veterans will be taking part in a 1.2       new socks, knit hats, and sweatshirts.
mile/15-20 minute walk/roll which will      All donations will directly support           Your support in this survey will
begin at our Community Living Center        homeless Veterans. For more                   help ensure that we provide the
(Building 208), and will go down 38th       information call Michelle Tapia, LCSW,        best care possible where it is
Avenue and back. Walkers can meet in        at (415) 221-4810, ext. 4238.                 needed, and when it is needed.
Coming Soon: “Ask a                         Use My HealtheVet to Reach
Pharmacist”                                 Your Health Care Goals
                                            Your health care team wants to work
                                            with you to help you reach your goals.
                                            Talk with your team about what is right
                                            for you. Decide where you can improve
                                            your health. Then use My HealtheVet
                                            to help you get it done. For example, if
                                            you have a chronic illness, you’re more               eat and drink, you can use the “Food
                                            likely to live healthy with your illness if           Journal.” If you decide to keep track of
                                            you eat the right foods, are active, and              your activities and your sleep, you can
                                            get enough sleep.                                     use the “Activity Journal.”

                                            To learn more about keeping a balance                 You can also download your personal
                                            between what you eat and drink, how                   information stored in My HealtheVet
                                            active you are, and getting the sleep                 from the Blue Button. This makes it
                                            you need, visit “Healthy Living Centers”              possible for you to view, print, or save
Coming soon there will be new way
                                            under “Research Health.” Once you                     your health information currently
for Veteran patients, caregivers and
                                            understand what you can do to live                    available in My HealtheVet. For more
family members to connect with
                                            healthy, as a registered user you can use             information about about all that My
pharmacy medical information and
                                            many of the options in “Track Health.”                HealtheVet has to offer go to: www.
a pharmacist – day or night!
                                            If you decide to keep track of what you               myhealth.va.gov.
You may have questions about
your medications while you’re
at home, after the pharmacy has
closed. What do you do? In the near         Resources
future, you’ll be able to go to your                                                                   Want to Save $?
My HealtheVet account online and            Clearlake VA Clinic
                                            15145 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake, 95422                      A recent article in Government
select “Ask a Pharmacist”. This will        707-995-7200                                               Executive included an extensive
allow enrolled Veterans to search
                                                                                                       listing of discounted services
an extensive medical archive                Eureka VA Clinic
                                            714 F. St., Eureka, 95501                                  and products available to
developed by VA pharmacists and
                                            707-442-5335                                               Veterans, military members
find answers to frequently asked
                                                                                                       and government employees.
medication questions.                       San Bruno VA Clinic                                        Discounts include everything
                                            1001 Sneath Ln, # 300, San Bruno, 94066                    from restaurants, cell phones,
Veterans who have completed in-             650-615-6000
                                                                                                       vacations and gift baskets to eye
person authentication may also use
                                            S.F. VA Downtown Clinic                                    care, clothing, computers, home
My HealtheVet’s Secure Messaging
                                            401 3rd St., San Francisco, 94107                          security, car rentals and more.
to ask questions directly to local VA       415-281-5100                                               Check it out at: www.govexec.
pharmacists, any time.
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                                            Santa Rosa VA Clinic
                                            3841 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, 95403                     gimme-my-discount/29165/
Check future issues of Veteran
Updates for more information on             707-569-2300
this exciting new service!                  Ukiah VA Clinic                                            **The San Francisco VAMC does not endorse
                                            630 Kings Court, Ukiah, 95482                              any of the products or services advertised.
                                            707-468-7700




                                                 San Francisco VA Medical Center
                                         4150 Clement Street • San Francisco • CA 94121
                              (415) 221-4810 • www.sanfrancisco.va.gov • www.facebook.com/sfvamc
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