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December 8, 2013

VETERANS' CORNER: VA pushes online health info for vets, service members

By JIM VINES

The Department of Veterans Affairs is urging all veterans and service members to join the millions already accessing VA health care information and service online. VA is marking this milestone by spreading the word about the benefits of My HealtheVet Personal Health Record, such as VA prescription refill, VA notes, VA Blue Ribbon and secure messaging with VA health care providers.

MyHealtheVet is VA’s award-winning website that offers veterans secure access to portions of information in their VA health care records, anywhere and anytime. Its web-based tools give users greater control over their care and wellness, helping them become active partners in their health care.

In addition to allowing veterans access to their records, MyHealtheVet lets veterans save, print and share health information. Veterans who upgrade their accounts, free of charge, can use secure messaging to communicate electronically with their VA health care teams between visits. Veterans can also view VA appointments, get VA wellness reminders, access lab results and more.

Throughout December, coordinators at all 151 VA medical centers organize community events, host enrollment and education health fairs, lead training sessions and work with VA Voluntary Service to showcase how My HealtheVet contributes to more informed and engaged veteran patients. VA continues to build its online health record, adding new online tools and features, and are geared up to accept new enrollees throughout December.

VA encourages veterans and service members to enroll or upgrade at www.myhealth.va.gov. MyHealtheVet is celebrating 10 years of online access.

Pearl Harbor plates

Any veteran who was stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is eligible for special “Pearl Harbor Survivor” plates. The plates may be issued for any vehicle, except a vehicle used for transportation for hire, compensation or profit, or a motorcycle. The veteran must have received a honorable discharge, stationed at Pearl Harbor or the Island of Oahu, or offshore within a distance of three miles, during the hours of 7:55 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Hawaii time.

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