FRA NewsBytes February 20 2015

FRA Newsbytes 02/20/2015

FRA Newsbytes 02/20/2015

In this issue:
Agent Orange/Blue Water Navy Bill Introduced
Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status
Happy 74th Birthday USCGR

Agent Orange/Blue Water Navy Bill Introduced
Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.) has introduced the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R. 969), which would clarify a presumption for filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for ailments associated with exposure to Agent Orange herbicide during the Vietnam War. The bill was introduced with 131 original co-sponsors. Congress should recognize that so-called “Blue Water” veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam were exposed to Agent Orange herbicide. This bill authorizes presumptive status for VA disability claims associated with Agent Orange exposure for this group of veterans. Shipmates are urged to use the Action Center (action.fra.org/action-center) to ask their Representative to support the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Ve terans Act.”
Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status
Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy. More than 57,000 Veterans are currently using the service through My HealtheVet, an online feature that allows Veterans to partner with their health care team. The number is expected to grow as the VA starts to educate veterans about the new feature. Later this month, the tracking feature will include images of the medication that it dispensed. Over the next year, a secure messaging alert will be added so that veterans know when a medication was placed in the mail. For more information on the program, go to: https://www.myhealth.va.gov/index.html.
Happy 74th Birthday USCGR
The Coast Guard Reserve was established by the passage of the Coast Guard Reserve and Auxiliary Act of February 19, 1941. That act also established the Coast Guard Auxiliary under its present name (the Auxiliary had originally been called the ‘Coast Guard Reserve’). The new Coast Guard Reserve was modeled after the Naval Reserve as a military component. It was composed of two broad classifications: Regular Reservists and Temporary Reservists. Regular Reserve members served on active duty during World War II “for the duration,” while Temporary Reserve members consisted of volunteers and former Auxiliary members whose paid and unpaid services were still needed in a military capacity for coastal patrols and port security work.