The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) strives to provide veterans with high-quality and timely services, said Lisa Moore, Coordinator, Managed Care Contracts. To help reach this goal, it has developed the VA Community Care Network, that contracts with community-based hospitals and other health care providers, including St. Luke’s University Health Network, for the delivery of services.
The romanticized vision of the holidays is a house filled with loved ones from near and far, all enjoying one another’s company and a feast of family favorites. Even in a typical year, this ideal is hard to achieve, but in 2020, with travel restrictions and health officials recommending against large get-togethers, it’s wise to lower expectations.
In fact, to limit the spread of COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine, on October 29, encouraged people to limit holiday gatherings to people who live within their own household. She acknowledged that it was a tremendous sacrifice to make, but a necessary one.
When we think back to what we may consider "The good old days," especially during the holiday season, no doubt there is a soundtrack to our memories. Whether it's singing "We Gather Together" for Thanksgiving, "Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah!" as a child or "Blessings on the Menorah," or "Happy, Happy Kwanzaa," or any of the myriad Christmas songs, holidays are a time for singing, and a time for TV specials.
We are approaching the holiday season roller coaster that starts on Halloween and climbs up the big hill until it rapidly descends, starting at Thanksgiving, and leveling off on New Year’s Day. November is usually identified with Thanksgiving Day, but there is another very important day in the month that seems to come and go too quickly: Veterans Day.
- I can't get a Christmas gift my wife likes. Last year, I gave her a hundred-dollar gift certificate. She exchanged it.
- Our tree was so puny we used orthopedic bulbs.
- Our local department store had two Santas — one for regular kids, and one for kids who wanted ten toys or less.
- I made a terrible mistake last Christmas. My wife made me swear I wouldn't give her a fancy gift — and I didn't!
Have you ever wanted to write a book? Maybe you’d like to preserve memories of your childhood for your grandchildren. Perhaps you have a vast knowledge of your family’s genealogy that you could provide for other family members. You could share inspirational writing based on your faith. No doubt you’re skilled at something – gardening, fishing, wood-working, birdwatching, poetry, creating business strategies – the topic doesn’t really matter. Maybe, as a professional you have stories about your career that almost anyone would enjoy.