October 28ᵗʰ – Starting at 0800 Gulfside Pavilion Pensacola Beach, FL
VetCV is honored to support the Marine Corps League (MCL), Cpl J. R. Spears Detachment 066 in this important fundraising run benefiting the Santa Rosa Kids’ House, Vision of Hope, Be the Miracle, and Veterans in Distress Fund, Gulf Coast Kid’s House and the Ryan Blackwell Foundation.
“A 39-year tradition of giving to charity in the greater Pensacola area”
October 28, 2023, marks the 39th year for the MCL/TEL Semper Fi 5k Charity Run. The origin of the run was as a fundraiser for the children and families of the Marines and Sailors who had perished in the Marine Barracks Beirut, Lebanon terrorist bombing attack on October 23, 1983.
Pensacola, Fla. (August 8, 2023) VetCV has announced its partnership with Beyond Med, a health and wellness plan that provides members discounts on procedures that are not usually covered by insurance or offered through Military Treatment Facilities, VA medical facilities, or standard civilian insurance. Beyond Med’s low-cost subscription model allows patients to receive an average discount of 20% on self-pay procedures from their network of providers. VetCV also leverages Beyond Med’s unique position to increase access to health and wellness treatments for Veterans and their families by offering a 10% discount on their Beyond Med subscription.
Research shows that cosmetic and elective services are set to outpace traditional healthcare spending by a factor of three over the next 10 years. Despite this, many elective wellness and cosmetic procedures are not covered by most insurance and healthcare plans, including TRICARE or VA. While VA has greatly expanded the services it offers to veterans in recent years, it is understandably more focused on providing treatments that are medically necessary. The demand exists for these services, however, and the Veteran community is no exception.
“These are procedures that many people would like to do, but it doesn’t always make financial sense when they have the opportunity,” said VetCV Founder and CEO Niels Andersen. “Once we’re confident that a Veteran’s urgent and preventative medical needs are taken care of, we want to ensure that they feel good as well. That’s where wellness services come in. The goal of our partnership with Beyond Med is to break down the financial barriers to the services that can help Military, Veterans, and their families look and feel good too.”
With nearly 3,000 providers across New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and Florida, Beyond Med is rapidly expanding to new territories. By focusing on elective and self-pay procedures, Beyond Med has made these services affordable. As a VetCV Patriot Teaming Partner, their services are now available to VetCV members at a discounted price.
VetCV is a web-based app designed for Active Military, Veterans, and their families to help them navigate each chapter of their lives. With VetCV users can access career, education, medical support, reintegration, and employment opportunities, store and control important life documents and records, as well as find the resources they need to take advantage of those opportunities. Whether they are active duty, transitioning to civilian life, applying for college, starting their career, buying their first home, or planning for retirement, VetCV is there for Veterans every step of the way.
Reaching over 1.2 million community members, VetCV is rapidly becoming integral in the lives of our nation’s Veterans and their families. VetCV utilizes its platform to provide trusted resources to its members by carefully vetting information and Patriot Teaming Partner organizations. The VetCV team of experts and advisors provides feedback and advice to help maintain its status as a Trusted Advisor of the Veteran community.
The Florida Veterans Foundation Presents the Veterans Service Award to Companies and Individuals Who Show an Unwavering Commitment to Supporting the Veteran Community
July 24ᵗʰ, 2023 – Founder and CEO of VetCV Niels Andersen received the Veteran Service Award Medal from the Florida Veterans Foundation. The Florida Veterans Foundation is the lead Veteran advocacy and support non-profit organization across the State of Florida.
FVF Board of Directors member Col. Ben Findley (USAFR Ret.) who presented the award, said, “[The foundation] is honored to recognize Niels Andersen and VetCV for exemplary patriotism and service to veterans and their families.” Col. Findley specifically noted VetCV and its related companies’ work in increasing access to healthcare for Veterans and their families, as well as their development of several software applications and data systems designed to support the Veteran community. He went on to say that “Florida has over 15 million Veterans and counting, so it’s a very fertile ground for you and your team.”
“Veterans are, of course, at the heart of what we do,” Andersen said. “We appreciate being recognized for our work in supporting those who’ve served our country and will continue providing resources and developing technology solutions for them.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that it had beaten its 2022 goal of housing 38,000 homeless Veterans by 2,400.
In a recent post on LinkedIn, VA’s Under Secretary for Health Shereef Elnahal congratulated Executive Director of VA’s Homeless Programs Office Monica Diaz alongside other VA representatives working to combat Veteran homelessness:
Some analysts and officials have attributed this success to HUD-VASH, a collaborative housing program between VA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Under HUD-VASH, eligible veterans may receive a voucher that can be used to pay a portion of their monthly rent. This is indicative of the broader shift toward a philosophy of “housing-first,” along with increased funding and case management, when addressing homelessness.
Many are hopeful that these numbers from last year mark a decisive turning point in Veteran homelessness. Despite an approximate 50% reduction in the overall number of homeless Veterans since 2009, there are still an estimated 40,056 unhoused Veterans on any given night according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Furthermore, over 80,000 Veterans will experience homelessness over the course of a year. While only about 7% of the U.S. population are Veterans, they account for nearly 13% of the population of homeless adults.
These worrying statistics demonstrate that, despite the promising results of last year’s efforts, there is still much work to be done. However, VA and other service organizations have shown no signs of relenting. VA officials have affirmed as much, with Ms. Diaz quoted as saying, “If there is even one [homeless Veteran], I say we need to do more.”
In keeping with the work being done to combat Veteran homelessness alongside our efforts to support Veterans and their families in every chapter of their lives, TeamVetCV has added a section dedicated to housing in the Resource Library. There, we have assembled tools, tips, and trusted resources for those in need of permanent housing, renters, home buyers, and anything Veterans and their families may need involving housing.
TeamVetCV and Our Patriot Teaming Partners Wish You and Your Family a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
As 2022 comes to a close, take the time to appreciate the people closest to you. It’s easy to forget the little things when you’re busy getting things done. The holiday season is the perfect time to step back and take stock of what’s most important.
This year, VetCV will take part in Wreaths Across America Day at Barrancas National Cemetery in our hometown of Pensacola, FL. Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery along with over 3,400 other locations across the U.S. and abroad in cooperation with local organizations. The ceremony at Barrancas will be organized by the Marine Corps League, Cpl JR Spears Detachment. TeamVetCV encourages everyone to participate in Wreaths Across America Day on December 17th with an organization near you.
It’s common knowledge that periods of transition can be the most stressful and difficult times in a person’s life. Any major change in direction or focus can leave you vulnerable to unexpected circumstances. Veterans understand this more than anybody, having made the transition from military service to civilian life. One major problem associated with changing your career path or even being unemployed, is the possibility of being without health coverage. Additionally, having limited income sources to cover medical bills only adds to the problem. It’s clear that any major life change requires planning and preparation.
Luckily, there are ways to mitigate your medical and financial risks as you look for a new job, are uninsured or underinsured, or don’t qualify for VA healthcare benefits that are both accessible and affordable to you and your family. One such resource that is becoming increasingly popular is telehealth and remote healthcare subscription services. While these services are not a replacement for health insurance, they offer convenient and inexpensive access to healthcare whenever and wherever you need it.
Don’t Qualify for VA Healthcare Benefits? Don’t Worry, You’re Not Alone.
Did you know that about 40% of U.S. Veterans do not qualify for VA healthcare?1 Or that about 30% of Veterans with service-connected disabilities do not qualify for healthcare benefits through Tricare?2 This leaves many veterans reliant on their employers or spending more on high deductible health plans for coverage—or forgoing health insurance entirely.
Is It Possible to Survive Without Health Insurance?
In short, yes; at least until you get really sick or injured requiring in-person care or hospitalization. Though going without traditional healthcare coverage is definitely not a good idea, there are many resources to help mitigate the risks while being uninsured. There are, of course, medical emergencies and major medical events with high costs that can only be lowered by having traditional health insurance coverage. For this reason, we strongly suggest you find at least catastrophic or high co-pay and high deductible coverage if your situation allows. If that is your scenario, low-cost telehealth services may be a sensible option, most notably because maintaining regular doctor appointments and preventative care will improve your overall health and thus reduce the likelihood of more expensive medical problems in the long run.
Telehealth and remote healthcare programs can offer those without health insurance or those with high deductible and high co-pay catastrophic coverage an inexpensive way to manage their healthcare and mitigate many routine or unexpected medical costs. By making healthcare more convenient and accessible, as well as providing a way for doctors and patients to streamline appointments that don’t necessarily need to be in person, remote healthcare/telehealth helps bring medical costs down for everyone.
How Remote Healthcare Keeps You Covered When and Where You Need It Most
In recent years, both employers and employees have come to realize that if there’s work that can be done from home, then it should be. It saves everyone time and money, along with many other benefits. Similarly, telehealth and remote healthcare works to bring down overall healthcare costs by tailoring the right level of care to each individual situation.
Imagine you or a family member are having a minor medical issue. Often it becomes a choice between waiting several days or weeks for a doctor’s appointment or going to the nearest urgent care center or emergency room. Urgent care centers are generally a quicker option than even emergency room visits but will still require a considerable wait time and often a long drive to get there. All three choices are likely to be expensive, with or without insurance.
Of course, for genuine emergencies, going to the emergency room should be your first and only option. Remember, every Emergency Department in every hospital in America must see you, irrespective of your ability to pay. However, there are situations where ER visits are not necessary and do not result in any treatment that couldn’t have been performed by a scheduled appointment. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Health, a little over 10% of emergency room visits are classified as non-urgent.3 Another systemic review published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine found a median of 32% were categorized as non-urgent.4 Ultimately, the decision to go to the emergency room will depend upon your best judgement. The point is to determine the right level of care with the right level of urgency based on the specific medical issue.
Remember, your goal is to be seen, get treatment, and get your prescriptions with minimal stress.
When confronted with the choice between the ER, an urgent care center, or scheduling a doctor’s appointment weeks or months out, there’s only one decision that is always wrong: avoiding being seen entirely. After weighing their options, many people will opt to simply ignore the issue until it either gets better or becomes too difficult or severe to avoid treatment. This is not an ideal solution, for obvious reasons.
If you are not having a medical emergency, then why burn your time and gas along with the high cost of a medical bill or copay, when you could get the same services from your smart phone, all without leaving your home? With remote urgent care, a qualified medical provider can see you on your time. No time wasted; no money spent—and no reason not to seek medical care.
What to Look for When Selecting a Remote Healthcare Solution
If you decide to go with a remote healthcare service, you need to make sure they offer more than just urgent care, though. You should be able to manage your health in nearly the same way you would with a traditional primary care physician—just over the phone or through video chat. You should also determine if they offer prescriptions, check-ups, diagnostics, and preventative care. It’s also worth your time to check for any additional features included in a plan you’re researching—many services include surprising discounts and promotions that you may not have previously considered.
Of course, certain procedures cannot be performed remotely. This shouldn’t be an issue though, as long as you’ve planned properly and done your research. Many remote healthcare programs will offer discounts for these services, so it’s worth it to check what each program includes when comparing the different plans and service providers. However, focusing on the things that can’t be done remotely is losing sight of your objective. Keep in mind, the point is to take care of the appointments that can be done remotely. For most of us, this includes the majority of our standard appointments. As long as a remote healthcare program allows you get these appointments taken care of as part of your plan—ideally at no additional cost and without sitting in a waiting room for endless hours—then you stand to manage your health while saving time and money—even without insurance or as a supplement to it. Remember, your goal is to be seen, get treatment, and get your prescriptions with minimal stress.
So, Here Is What We’ve Done to Help Solve This Problem:
Thanks to advances in communication and information technologies, subscription-based remote healthcare has rapidly become a viable option for anyone who finds themselves uninsured that not many people are aware of. Finding these kinds of resources and making them available to Veterans and their families is core to TeamVetCV’s mission. Therefore, we’ve partnered with Health Karma to create VetCV Remote Healthcare Services as a way to provide greater access to care to VetCV members at the best possible price we could do it for.
During TeamVetCV’s collaboration with Health Karma, we’ve taken into consideration the specific needs of Veterans and their families along with the advantages of remote healthcare to create what we think will be a life-changing resource for the many families who need it most. So, as you research and compare different healthcare solutions, consider what we’re offering and keep VetCV Remote Healthcare Services in mind.
Subscribers to VetCV Remote Healthcare Services have 24/7 access to healthcare for themselves, their family members, and even their pets—Yes, even your pets!—so they can focus on completing the next step in their lives with peace of mind. Thanks to the efficient and low-cost nature of remote care, VetCV Remote Healthcare Services plans are available for $29.50/month for individuals and $49.50/month for families (up to 7 household members). Each plan has access to all features and services, including:
Immediate Access → With VetCV Remote Healthcare Services, the average time to privately speak with an Urgent Care Provider is as little as 21 minutes. Speak with your personal Primary Care Provider in less than 24 hours, NOT weeks or months.
Healthcare Wherever You Are → It doesn’t matter if you’re in the city center or the middle of nowhere, manage your health at home using your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Get your appointments taken care of over the phone or through video chat.
$0 Copay & No Surprise Expenses → All appointments are included with your membership.
Affordability → VetCV Remote Healthcare Services’ unique membership model is an affordable way to ensure that you and your family have access to care.
Primary, Urgent, and In-The-Moment Mental Healthcare → 24/7/365 access to treatment whenever you or your family need it.
No Cost Care for Pets and Service Animals → 24/7/365 access to remote veterinary care at $0—all appointments are included with your membership.
Free & Discounted Medications → Get the 37 most common medications at $0. For the rest, you can get discount of 60% on average and in some cases, 80% or more.
Special Discounts → Get up to 50% off on dental, hearing, and even vision and eyewear.
Click Below to Learn How You Can Receive Special Pricing on a Subscription to VetCV Remote Healthcare Services.
1Farmer, Carrie M, et al. “Balancing Demand and Supply for Veterans’ Health Care: A Summary of Three RAND Assessments Conducted under the Veterans Choice Act.” RAND Health Quarterly, vol. 6, no. 1, 2016, https://doi.org/10.7249/rr1165.4.
2Erickson, W., Lee, C., von Schrader, S. (2022). Disability Statistics from the American Community Survey (ACS). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Yang-Tan Institute (YTI). Retrieved from Cornell University Disability Statistics website: www.disabilitystatistics.org
VetCV users told us about their frustrations around healthcare. You have enough to deal with. You shouldn’t have to worry about the time, distance, and availability of healthcare when you just need to see a doctor.
That’s why we’re proud to partner with Health Karma to work on these issues and bring this solution to you. Together, we have been working hard to help build out their platform to specifically cater to Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their Families.
VetCV users can look forward to special pricing for Health Karma’s individual and family plans. Members will have access to benefits, discounts, and virtual services including:
Affordable virtual care for you and your family.
Up to 80% discounts on most prescription medications. New Updated Formulary of 37+ free medications included in your plan being released soon!
Convenient & accessible virtual primary care appointments with urgent care available 24/7.
$0 co-pay & $0 deductible for all services.
In-the-moment behavioral & mental health services.
Unlimited access to consultations with licensed veterinarians for pets & service animals.
The American Economy Needs YOU to Get a Great Job at a Great Company
It’s no secret that some economic difficulties are likely ahead of us. Some might complain while others will be angry, butTeamVetCV will continue to tackle the issue head-on.We believe that you, the Veteran Community, are the American Workforce’s greatest resource.Every industry, company, and public service needs workers like you.
Employers Want to Hire Veterans, It’s as Simple as That
Part of what makes Veterans great employees is their drive for constant improvement and the ability to self-motivate. A natural aversion to complacency is an integral part of Military and Veteran culture.TeamVetCVknows this because we’re Veterans ourselves. Ask any employer and they’ll tell you that many of their best employees are Veterans—and that they’re looking to hire more. So if you’re looking for work or feel like your skills and potential are being underutilized, now is the time to explore new work opportunities.
Trained to Be Trainable
We encourage you to challenge yourself and be curious. Learn something new. Expand your horizons. AtVetCV, we work to educate employers on the benefits of hiring Veterans and they’ve listened. Our mantra has always been thatVeterans are trained to be trainable.Employers know this,so there’s no such thing as ‘not enough experience,’ and it’s never too late to start something new.
There’s Work to Be Done. You Are the Best and Brightest America Has to Offer. Can We Count on You to Get Us Back on Track?
As a Veteran or Transitioning Service Member, You are in the Best Position to Take Advantage Of the High Workforce Demand
We atTeamVetCVwant to emphasize how much employers want to hire Veterans and how often they seek them out. That’s why we’re excited to tell you aboutContinue the Mission, a Florida initiative to actively recruit Veterans, military spouses, and former law enforcement officers to be Child Protective Investigators, case managers, and Mentors for the Florida Department of Children and Families. This partnership between the Department of Children and Families, The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, and Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis will provide lucrative and flexible career opportunities to Veterans and former LEOs while allowing them to further serve their community and the public good by supporting families and children in need.
At the request of Florida State Rep. Michelle Salzman,VetCVCEO Niels Andersen was in attendance at the program’s launch event. “It’s an excellent opportunity,” Andersen said. “When I was a Navy corpsman, a lot of the toughest guys I knew had a huge soft spot for kids, especially kids needing help. Many Veterans struggle after separating, some of which feel that they’re lacking a purpose or direction. Sometimes, the best thing for someone struggling is to provide them with an opportunity to help someone else.Continue the Missionis a win for Florida’s children and families, but it’s also a huge win for Veteran employment and mental health.”
Continue to Missionis a great opportunity for members of theVetCVcommunity looking for career opportunities and who want to do good things in their community. To learn more about the program, click below and keep an eye out for our updates.