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November 2018

October 2018


VA announces extension, expansion of contract with TriWest for community care

Also announces closeout plan with Health Net, extension of dialysis partnerships

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has reached an agreement with TriWest Health Care Alliance (TriWest) on a one-year extension of its current coverage of the Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) and Veterans Choice Program (VCP).

The department also announced that it has reached an agreement with TriWest that will expand TriWest’s services to all regions across the country under this program.

The expansion of TriWest’s role will ensure access to community care where needed until the next generation of community care contracts are awarded and implemented.

"TriWest has worked collaboratively with VA from the start of the Veterans Choice Program to address implementation challenges and to improve the program to better serve Veterans," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "Extending the time and reach of our partnership with TriWest will ensure Veterans get the care they need while the department transitions to delivering care under the MISSION Act next year."

Separately, the department has reached an agreement with Health Net Federal Services (HNFS) on the PC3 and VCP closeout plan and associated contract modification. Under this modification, VA and HNFS will continue to partner to ensure a seamless transition of care and services so that Veterans continue to get the care they need.

Finally, VA has extended its current dialysis contracts with multiple partners for six months, until March 31, 2019. VA will issue a Request for Proposal for the replacement contracts in October 2018, with ultimate contract awards anticipated in the spring of 2019.


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Ramsey County Job Opportunities

Ramsey County HR Dept Phone: 651.266.2700 Email:


Posting Date:     10/19/18

Job Posting Title: Environmental Services Director
Location:       Polar Ridge Senior Living  
Address:  2365 Helen Street North, North St. Paul, MN 55109

Employment Status: Full Time

Volunteer Opportunities


Allina Health Hospice Program

Are you a Veteran hoping to find a volunteer opportunity with integrity?


Consider becoming a hospice volunteer with Allina Health. You can be that listening ear and companion for a veteran assigned to you in your community. We support Veterans throughout the entire metro where they call home; covering 33 counties in MN and into western WI.  Allina Health's hospice program is a "We Honor Vet's" Level 4 Hospice and we are building upon this commitment we have made to honor and support our Veterans at end of life.  For more information go to our web site and follow the link to apply onlinePlease complete the application or you may request an application kit or call with any questions at 612-262-7108.



MN Veterans Home Minneapolis

Come volunteer at the Minnesota Veterans Home- Minneapolis!

Our home was established near Minnehaha Falls not long after the Civil War as place for veterans to live after serving their country.  We are now a 341 bed skilled nursing care facility and our Residents are Minnesota Veterans and their spouses.  We have many ways you can contribute to the lives of our Veterans through volunteering here;  Adult Day Center Volunteer, Chapel Escort, Pet Visitor Volunteer, One on One Visitor,  Rehabilitation Therapy Escort,  Recreation Activities Volunteer or volunteer as a one-time or regular group of friends, co- workers, family, faith group, or student/ alumni group.

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Free Urns for Veterans

Made for Veterans by Veterans

Facing difficult funeral plans for your special Veteran?  During this time of need, families may contact us.  Please visit our website for information on eligibility requirements or how to donate to our program:

or Contact Dan Scott at 651-274-9844 or

The creation and donation of the Urns are made possible through generous donations to this nonprofit group.  Contact us if you’d like to help our mission.


Bugler Available to Volunteer Taps at Events

Mr. Pederson will play Taps as a Volunteer for your event Folks: I’m a musician who has been on sabbatical for many years and now a CEO of a software company.  Last year, I heard taps played on a recording machine.  Since that time, I’ve played at a number of events including two at Arlington National Cemetery. My frustration is that I can’t seem to get the word out I’m a volunteer (when in town) in MN.  I’ve talked to Ft. Snelling, a number of nursing homes, a number of VFWs, etc., but have NEVER had a request (except through BAA Buglers Across America). I’m here and willing.

Regards, Steve Pederson (m) 612-840-6888