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Women Veterans Annual Celebration

VA Southern Oregon VA Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (VA SORCC) will have a special program honoring women Veterans for their service to our nation.  The Program is entitled “Service with Pride, Women Veterans with Star Spangled Hearts”.  The program will be held on Thursday, August 18th, 1:30 PM at the VA SORCC Theater.

There are 2 million women Veterans living in the United States and Puerto Rico. Women Veterans make up about 8.5% of the Veteran population. Currently women make up more than 15% of the active duty military.  In Southern Oregon we have over 3,150 women Veterans.
On Wednesday afternoon, AUGUST 18 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM women Veterans of all Eras, including those currently serving, are invited to a special program and reception in honor of their service.  Location: Theater at the SORCC VA.  Doors will open at 1:00 PM and refreshments will be served.

Please join women Veterans of all Eras for this program. Call 541-826-2111 ext 3366 to reserve your spot (RSVP). 

VA SORCC Need Volunteer Drivers

 

Do you like to drive? Do you like to help others? Then the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (VA SORCC) needs YOU! The VA SORCC is looking for dedicated community members to serve as volunteer drivers to transport Veterans to VA appointments and an opportunity for you to support the men and women who served our country. Volunteer drivers are also needed throughout the VA SORCC in the following catchment areas:

• Medford
• Grants Pass
• Klamath Falls
• Applegate
• Cave Junction
 

In addition to benefitting from serving the needs of our Veterans, volunteer drivers receive free flu shots, access to training classes, and a free lunch.  Hours vary, but you can choose the days and times to volunteer that work best for your schedule. To qualify as a volunteer driver, candidates must pass a background check and a physical, have a current Oregon driver’s license and private auto insurance, and complete a volunteer orientation and annual training. Community members who are interested in serving as a volunteer driver to support the needs of VA SORCC Veterans should contact Voluntary Service at (541) 830-7467, or via e-mail at Jessica.Wierleske@va.gov  

Veterans Bond Through Caregiver Support Program

 

WWII Veteran Tony Kanclier and Jim Busano, VCSP Volunteer

The Volunteer Caregiver support Program (VCSP) at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (VA SORCC) matches Volunteers with homebound Veterans who provide friendly visits, and periods of respite so that caregivers can get a break. This is a story about two upstanding Veterans who are connected by the program.

Anthony “Tony” Kanclier has a way of drawing people in with his colorful stories and “matter of fact” personality. He is a strong and independent person; a proud Marine. He does not show a lot of emotion, and has high expectations of the people around him. Even though he can no longer open every kitchen cabinet, he has everything labeled and can walk his aides through the process of cooking a delicious dinner. He takes pride in his healthy garden and loves to share his vegetables, canned tomatoes, and flowers with his neighbors.

Tony served two tours in the Marines from 1937-1945. He enlisted in 1937 and discharged in 1941; He re-enlisted when WWII broke out.  A Purple Heart recipient, one can only imagine living through the experiences he had during WWII. He describes having his leg “blown off” while on board the Lexington Air Craft Carrier, but he is quick to tell you that if he had not been through that experience, he never would have met the beautiful Navy RN who took care of him, and later agreed to marry him. He exudes gratitude to this day to the Navy surgeon, Dr. Jones, who saved his leg, and eventually made it possible for him to walk with crutches. Tony went on to become a licensed carpenter.

Tony Kanclier, WWII Military Photo

Every day comes with its share of challenges when you are dealing with both the aging process and a significant service-connected disability. Tony spends most of his days sitting in the house he built over 70 years ago. He turns 100 this summer, but keeps as active as possible by going to the barbershop, gardening, canning, talking on his Ham Radio, and taking trips to the casino. Where he used to do all these things on his own, he now needs help. 

This is where Jim comes in. Jim Bausano is Tony’s biggest fan. Jim has been visiting Tony for over 7 years. They share a bond that few understand or will ever have the chance to experience.  Jim is no stranger to volunteering as he has worked in many different volunteer roles at the VA SORCC; visiting palliative care patients in the infirmary, and working at golf course and museum. However, he sees his most important role as Tony’s VCSP Volunteer.  It is endearing to hear the way Jim talks about Tony and always holds him to the highest regard. Perhaps because Tony is part of the greatest generation, or perhaps because Tony is the age Jim’s father would be if he was still alive (Yes, that’s right, Jim is 80), when Jim walks into the room, it’s all about Tony.

Jim faithfully drives from Eagle Point to Ashland each week to visit Tony; without Jim and the help of the VA home and community-based programs, Tony would not be able to continue living independently. Living by yourself all these years, one has to learn how to be one’s own self- advocate. Tony still trains and manages all the aides who come in and out of his home. Tony has been known to let caregivers go from time to time who were not living up to his potential.  His motto is “If you have a job to do, dog gonnet …I expect you to do it!” He has also forged strong bonds with the dedicated caregivers who have stuck with him. Overall, Tony has his trusted circle of caregivers, friends and neighbors looking out for him. Jim is, in a way, the thread between the VA and Tony, communicating with his VCSP Coordinator and HBPC to make sure Tony is getting the care he deserves and providing emotional support.  

A few years ago, Jim was the behind-the-scenes guardian angel who escorted Tony on an Honor Flights trip to Washington D.C. Tony proudly displays his pictures and memorabilia from this trip. Jim was right by Tony’s side the entire trip helping to ensure everything went smoothly.

 

Tony Kanclier and Jim Bausano in Washington DC at the WWII Memorial

Jim is Tony’s biggest supporter in his goal to remain independent.  Jim makes it known that he will continue visiting Tony until one of them passes on. I have no doubt that Jim will continue working with Tony as long as he can. It is heartwarming to know the depth of compassion that these two Veterans share. Tony inspires us to live our lives to the fullest, while Jim’s commitment to Tony challenges each of us to give the best we have to offer to our Veterans.

If you are interested in volunteering for the VCSP Program, contact Annelise Weston, LCSW at the VA SORCC (541)826-2111 x3935. 

By Annelise Weston, LCSW

 

 

VA News Release Logo          Crisis Hotline new "option 7"    

Beginning June 3, when calling the VA SORCC at 541-826-2111 there will be an “option 7” on the phone tree, to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. You can also send a text message to 838255 or chat online. If a Veteran calls a direct number to the facility other than the main number, this option is not yet available. VA’s across the country will have access to "Option 7" by the end of the summer.

VA is dedicated to making sure all Veterans and their loved ones are aware of the Veterans Crisis Line. To reach as many Veterans as possible, VA is coordinating with communities and partner groups nationwide — including community-based organizations, Veterans Service Organizations, and local health care providers — to let Veterans and their loved ones know that support is available whenever, if ever, they need it.

One small act can make a difference. Show your support for Veterans and Service members who may be in crisis and spread the word. Since the Veterans Crisis Line began in 2007, they have answered over 2 million calls and initiated the dispatch of emergency services to callers in crisis over 56,000 times. The online chat service, added in 2009, has engaged in more than 267,000 chats. In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text messaging service to provide another avenue for Veterans to connect with confidential, round-the-clock support and has responded to more than 48,000 text.

 

VA SORCC Adaptive Sports Program    

VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics employees teamed up with Adaptive Sports experts from Disabled Sports USA and Paradox Sports to put on a two-part Adaptive Rock Climbing clinic, February 3-4.  Day one consisted of hands on training for the VA employees, mostly physical and recreational therapists, along with other Adaptive Sports enthusiasts from near and far—Portland, Lake Tahoe, D.C., Baltimore, Seattle—focusing on foundational skills and knowledge specific to rock climbing for individuals with physical disabilities, ranging from amputation to visual impairments, and from Traumatic Brain Injuries to deafness spectrum disorders, as well as others.   Day two was all about applying the information gleaned from day one, and getting local Veterans on the rock wall, participating in an activity many of them never dreamed possible until now. 

 The impetus for this training was multifaceted, but really boiled down to one main factor: disabled Veterans who participate in adaptive sports do better in all aspects of life than their otherwise sedentary counterparts.  Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive activities, such as Adaptive Rock Climbing.  Moreover, studies have shown that significant improvements in psychological health, overall quality of life, mood states including tension, depression, anger, and vigor, and sports related competence. These factors highlight the potential impact that therapeutic adaptive sports and recreation programs potentially have for disabled combat Veterans in areas of quality of life, reduction of mood disturbances, and sports related competence www.va.gov/adaptivesports/.

 If interested in learning more about Adaptive Sports at VA SORCC, please contact:  Dr. Jeremiah Moore, PT, DPT, Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services at jeremiah.moore@va.gov, Dr. Matt Becker, PT, DPT at matthew.becker2@va.gov, or Wes Magness, Chief of Recreational Therapy at wes.magness@va.gov.

By Dr. Jeremiah Moore, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service and Rhonda Haney, Public Affairs

 

 

 

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