Important Veteran Newsletter, April 2022 Edition

Wilmington VA Medical Center Update
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New Clinic Locations

Veterans just so you are aware, the following Clinics have moved to a new location on the 2nd floor of the Medical Center: 




Surgical Impact 


Signs are posted throughout the Medical Center and Volunteers are present to help during this transition. Thank you for understanding. 


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DAV Van Pick-ups

The DAV will be offering van pick-ups from home to Dover CBOC (Clinic).

Please note that this pick-up service is for Veterans who are ambulatory (able to walk). 

This service will only be offered, if there is no one traveling to the Wilmington VA (VA Medical Center). 

Mondays—Thursdays ONLY

                           Please try to schedule your doctor’s appointment before 12pm. 

Thank you for your service,

Thea Kersey

DAV, Hospital Service Coordinator

1-800-461-8262 Ext.5414

Women Veterans Virtual Health Care Summit 

Wilmington VA Medical Center (VAMC) is scheduled to hold a virtual event to educate women Veterans and community partners on the unique health care needs of female Veterans and resources available to them at Wilmington VAMC and CBOCs. 

Female Veterans: Are the fastest growing Veteran population and make up 11% of the Veteran population and over 12.3% of OEF/OIF Veterans. 

Utilizing Wilmington VAMC Women's Whole Health, Military Sexual Trauma and Reproductive Needs staff as keynote speakers for this virtual event will promote our services at the Wilmington VAMC and allow female Veterans to connect to our women's health, MST and reproductive staff directly.

          Join by Phone: Event Number, +1 872-701-0185 , Phone Conference ID: 104 612 533 

                                                              POC’s for event:

                                         If you have any questions, please contact us.

Valerie Harwood, Outreach Specialist, Wilmington VAMC, 302-357-8715,

Susana Cebula, PAO, Wilmington VAMC, 302-633-5389,


April Nutrition Classes

Anti-inflammatory Class - Wednesday April 13Th @ 11 am  - diet overview for pain, mood, high blood pressure and general healthful eating
Basic Nutrition for Diabetes Class- Wednesday April 6th and 20th @ 11 am
Carbohydrate Counting for Diabetes Class -Wednesday April 20th @ 2pmDiabetes support Class-  Every Thursday (April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th) @ 1pm -open enrollment
MOVE 16- week Class- Starting Monday April 4th @ 12pm

Please call 302-994-2511 x1810 to schedule

Healthy Teaching Kitchen: Video Series

Wilmington VA Medical Center Healthy Teaching Kitchen - Healthier Shepherd’s Pie
1 teaspoon olive oil
• 1 small onion, finely chopped (1/3 cup)
• 1 1/2 lb ground turkey
• 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (from 12-oz bag)
• 3 tablespoons tomato paste
• 1/2 teaspoon salt (we could say this is optional to add)
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 1 3/4 cups low sodium boxed beef broth (from 32-oz carton)
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1 package (20 oz) low sodium refrigerated mashed potatoes (Idahoan brand has a low sodium option)
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
2. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook onion in oil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft. Add turkey; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked. Drain.
3. Add mixed vegetables, tomato paste, salt and pepper; cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are hot. In small bowl, mix COLD broth and flour with whisk. Add broth mixture to beef mixture. Heat to boiling; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick. Spoon turkey mixture into baking dish. Spread mashed potatoes over beef mixture; fluff with fork.
4. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Watch the video here: Kitchen Live

Supervisory Chaplain Opportunity

The Wilmington VA is looking for a candidate to serve as a GS-13 Supervisory Chaplain, Open & Close Date:  3/15/2022 to 4/5/2022  

Link: &


VA Video Connect Web Users

Web Browser users

VA Video Connect works on the following browsers on desktop, laptop, tablets that have an internet connection and a web camera. No application download is required.

  • Google Chrome version 61 and later (64-bit only)
  • Mozilla Firefox version 68 and later
  • Microsoft Edge — all chromium-based versions
  • Opera version 53 and later
  • Apple Safari version 11.1 and later on macOS
  • Apple Safari on iOS 11.2 and later (you must use Safari on iOS devices)

Ahead of a VA Video Connect appointment, you will receive an email or calendar invite with a link to launch the session. The session will launch automatically in your web browser after the session link is selected. 

More detailed Web instructions with images can be found here. 


Travel Pay

Eligible for travel pay? A My HealtheVet Premium account grants access to the BTSSS travel pay system, Secure Messaging with your care provider, and online appointment scheduling. Upgrade to a Premium Account to use a single username and password.

Combining electronic filing with direct deposit is the fastest way to get your beneficiary travel payment. While you may still file a paper claim or receive a paper check, paper methods will take longer for staff to process. Here’s how to speed up your claims processing:

1. Sign up for Direct Deposit.

2. Add your banking information to your Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS) profile.

3. File a travel claim electronically with BTSS


Changes to Appointment Reminders

To reduce the no-show rates for medical appointments, new & improved Appointment Reminder Notices went out to our Veterans in February of this year. 

For more information, suggestions, or questions, please contact your Patient Advocate at 302-994-2511 x5436 or x4330.


COVID-19 and Masks

Attention Veterans and Visitors! COVID-19 continues to decline throughout our region, but Masks are still required at all VA and healthcare facilities regardless of vaccination status for the safety of our patients and staff. Thank you for understanding as we remain vigilant.



Veteran Information & Engagement Workshop Series

Register for a 6-week workshop series designed to empower and educate Veterans, the community, and professionals on Dept. of Veteran Affairs benefits, healthcare, and enrollment.

**Attendance for all sessions not required but encouraged** 

Atlantic Cape Community College, Rm 212

341 Court House South Dennis Rd.

Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Dates : April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th; May 12th 19th.


Questions or to register please scan the QR code or email


Resilience Seminar with Seated Therapeutic Yoga

Brought to you by the National Paralysis Resource Center of the Reeve Foundation, this live event will describe and demonstrate how you can use seated yoga movements, breath-practices and mindfulness techniques to build overall physical, emotional and cognitive resilience in changing and challenging times. The protocol is evidence based to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and PTSD.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s “Seated Therapeutic Yoga for Resilience and Vitality” seminar!  This is a free 50–60-minute seminar for veterans, families, groups and staff. This is a hybrid session with small group in person and as others online using Zoom. 

Some additional details:

  • The session uses a seated therapeutic system of yoga that research shows significantly reduced four types of symptoms (PTSD, anxiety, depression, insomnia) during the pandemic in 2020.
  • This approach to yoga and mindfulness has been implemented in a host of health-related settings, including physical medical rehabilitation hospitals, adaptive sports programs and services for older adults.
  • Those who participate can receive a free RxRelax Seated Therapeutic Yoga DVD for all abilities so they can continue to practice. 

For more information, contact Terry at 603-674-3770 or Register here

First State Military Women Warriors

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 12 noon – 1:30 pm (Socializing begins at 11:30)

Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs DCVA (entrance in rear, blue awning w/ flagpoles) 802 Silver Lake Blvd, Dover, DE 19904 

Lunch is FREE for Military Women

RSVP to Janice Squibb 302-731-0075 or

Mention Special Dietary Needs When you RSVP 

Come Share YOUR Ideas for Future Events & Projects, Bring a Friend and  Learn about Volunteer Opportunities. 

Questions, contact

Pat Cerchio

302-387-1309 or


Art Fest at Whitehall

The Town of Whitehall is partnering with New Castle County to bring you Art Fest, an outdoor art fair. We will be celebrating many local artists and vendors who will be displaying and selling their handmade artwork and goods. In celebrating art in all forms, we will also have live music and delicious food trucks on site. Come out for food, good music, and celebrating one of Whitehall's core values, the arts!

Art Fest at Whitehall

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rain date: Sunday, April 24.

ARTISTS can register at:

If you have a Community event for Veterans and would like to be listed here, please email  

Stay Informed, Follow Our Social Media Channels

Follow Wilmington VA Medical Center on our social media channels @WilmingtonVAMC on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Visit our new website at

Service members and veterans experiencing a mental health emergency can contact the Veteran Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and select option 1 for a VA staffer. Veterans, troops or their family members can also text 838255 or visit for assistance.