Reinstate the No Veteran Is An Island Computer Program
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Reinstate No Veteran Is An Island Computer Program for Disabled Veterans
No Veteran Is An Island Computer Program provides support to our most vulnerable disabled Veterans. It has never been advertised but has spread by Veteran word of mouth. Veterans call it the best kept secret at the VA. It has been offered at the NY VA Hospitals for 16 years. It is a special computer assisted program that serves as an adjunct to the VHA medical treatment program to increase disabled Veterans’ awareness, mental alertness, socialization and communication. Acquisition of computer skills is an important avenue that provides Veterans with a sense of competency and mastery that are often closed to those with a serious disability.
This Program is administered by the New York Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Office Independent Living Program which is authorized by Congress under Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. The NYRO has recently suspended the program because they discovered that the process by which Veterans were being referred to and placed in the program had some serious problems. Veterans are being told that Until such time as VA Central Office validates a process that is supported in regulation the program must remain suspended.
Suspended programs at the VA can take years to reinstate. We need this program reinstated immediately. The VA Hospitals do not provide any technology or internet access for Veterans at the Hospitals, this program is the exception.
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