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Joining Together to Transform the Lives of Veterans

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator Steve and Carol struggled for several years trying to resolve a possible $68,000 overpayment related to Veterans Affairs (VA) pension benefits received by John, their 96-year-old father and WWII Veteran. John is blind, deaf, and immobile due to a series of strokes he experienced […]

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Uniting to Save the Lives of Veterans and Active-Duty Military

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator, and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator Like our colleagues in Oregon, WestCare Washington (WCWA)/WAServes is blessed to work with an exceptional team of specialists as we unite to develop a highly-competitive submission for the Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP). This funding aligns with […]

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WestCare Foundation’s Special Relationship with The Home Depot

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator, and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator WestCare Foundation has forged a unique relationship with The Home Depot, its employees, and its foundation. Over decades, this relationship has been continuously strengthened as participants combined their shared values and distinct capabilities to Uplifting the Human Spirit! The Home Depot corporation has identified […]

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Honoring Veterans and Our County’s Flag

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator, and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator Richard White, an Army Veteran and past commander from the American Legion Post 227, resides near the Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, once designated the “Arlington of the West.” As a child, he had visited this expansive cemetery on the edge of Seattle with his […]

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Partnering with Safeway/Albertsons to Improve Nutrition

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator, and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator As you may have noticed, “sticker shock” has been on the rise lately! Escalating food and fuel prices are a trial experienced regularly by many of our community members. As we know, it can be particularly stressful for the people we serve at WestCare […]

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The Impact of Reliable Social Connectivity on Rural Veterans 

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator – WestCare Washington/WAServes     Research as well as experience demonstrate that many rural Veterans are eligible, but do not obtain life transforming Veterans Administration (VA) pensions, benefits, and services. This is often related to a lack of information and expertise required to develop a successful […]

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Advancing Digital Equity for Aging and Low-Income Veterans

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator – WestCare Washington/WAServes The COVID-19 pandemic with its resulting growth of teleservices and telehealth has highlighted a mounting crisis in our country referred to as digital equity. Simply put, it represents an increasing segment of our nation’s population that is unable to equally participate […]

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The Joining of Hands: Innovative Non-VA Patient Care Partnerships to Help Veterans

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator, and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator, WAServes/WestCare Washington There is a national movement to reduce the traditional communication barriers existing amongst community stakeholders and health care providers related to improving the access, coordination, and delivery of patient care services. Helping to drive these innovations is the growing use of information-sharing […]

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Positioning for Future Growth, Influence and Sustainability

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator – WestCare Washington/WAServes As we continue to coordinate the delivery of quality services during a pandemic, WestCare Washington (WCWA) / WAServes has successfully positioned itself for a future of celebrating growth, influence, and sustainability. During 2021, we have nurtured select community relationships. Among the […]

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A Time for Necessary Diligence

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator – WestCare Washington/WAServes “This is no time to relax.” These are powerful words of caution spoken at our recent Western District Leadership Team meeting by Chief Operating Officer for our Western Region, Shawn Jenkins; Chief Clinical Officer for WestCare Foundation, Dr. Jason Engle and Medical […]