Veterans Health Care COMMITTEE REPORT
BY PAT BESSIGANO, CHAIR
At the 2007 National Convention, VVA members requested more
information on hepatitis C from the Health Care Committee.
As a result of this request, we had two presenters at the
2008 National Leadership Conference speak on hepatitis
C and their proposal for a health management HIV outreach
campaign in VA. Dr. Lawrence Deyton, the Chief Public Health
and Environmental Hazards Officer, and Dr. David Ross,
the Director of the Clinical Public Health Programs, work
at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Deyton and Dr. Ross discussed an introductory guide to
hepatitis C that is given to patients who participate in
the VA Hepatitis C Resource Center Program. The guide provides
information on what it means to have hepatitis C, how the
virus can spread, and treatment options, along with other
The full text of the guide can be found
and downloaded at www.hepatitis.va.gov It is not copyrighted
and anyone may print it and distribute as many copies as
A second Health Care Committee session
at the Leadership Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury was
led by Karyn George, the Manager of the Office of Care Coordination
Center at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for Defense and
Veterans Brain Injury Center/Defense Center of Excellence
for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury at Walter
Reed Army Medical Center. Also, speaking was VVA’s
Tom Berger. He provided information about the relationship
between TBI and post-traumatic stress
Both VVA members and members of Veterans of Modern
Warfare attended the session. George presented material about
the different types of traumatic brain injury, the current
treatment of these injuries, and the long-lasting effects.
Many VVA service officers were present for recredentialing,
and this information will help when filing claims for the
young men and women coming home today.
The Health Care Committee
will have the contents of these sessions on our website for
your review. Please send us your questions; we will address
them in future reports.