THE BLOG
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

If You Know a Vet: A Job and An H1N1 Vaccine

Since I have a nice outlet here, I like to help anyone anywhere I can. My congressman is pretty cool; Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.) is involved in many issues related to veterans.

He dropped this in my lap. I hope this can help a vet...

Dear Mr. Ferraro,

I am writing to inform you of another local company that is interested in hiring a Veteran.

Joseph Micallef of High Gain, Inc. is looking to hire a truck driver right now for local and some regional work. Mr. Micallef can be reached at XXXXX@highgaininc.net.

Please pass this to any Veteran you know that is seeking employment.

Warmly,
Joe Sestak
Member of Congress

The second issue: I hope this can help anyone still in need of an H1N1 vaccine.

Dear Mr. Ferraro, Please review the below news release that my office received from the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. I would appreciate it if you would pass this information to fellow Veterans who may be in need of their flu shot this winter. Warmly, Joe Sestak Member of Congress **************************** Veterans receive H1N1, seasonal flu vaccines at Philadelphia VA Medical Center Veterans in the Philadelphia area continue to receive their seasonal and H1N1 vaccines, with more than 25,000 doses of vaccine administered over the past three months. The best news is that VA staff are prepared to vaccinate even thousands more. Veterans eligible for VA health care may receive their flu vaccine at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center Free Flu Vaccine Clinic, 9 AM - 3 PM Monday through Friday. Veterans will also be offered the flu vaccine at any Primary Care or specialty clinic appointment in the Medical Center, and during any appointment or at weekly walk-in clinics at VA community-based outpatient clinics. The flu vaccine is the most important way for Veterans to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu. While the seasonal flu vaccine has been offered to all patients, the H1N1 campaign has been phased-in based on supplies of vaccine. "Our strategy has been to vaccinate those people who are most at-risk for H1N1, as well as those health care workers with the greatest impact on keeping Veterans healthy," said Dr. Darren Linkin, the Philadelphia VAMC Hospital Epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "Our current and expected supply of vaccine means we will be able to offer H1N1 and seasonal vaccination to anyone who receives health care at the VA. Vaccination is still important as more seasonal and H1N1 flu is expected." While almost everyone can benefit from seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccination, you especially need the H1N1 vaccine if in one of these priority groups:
  • You are pregnant
  • You are aged 6 months to 24 years old
  • You live with an infant under 6 months old
  • You are a health care worker or emergency medical services worker
  • You are 25 to 64 years old and have a chronic medical condition that puts you at higher risk for the flu, such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mellitus or HIV.
Priority groups for seasonal flu include adults over 50 and younger adults with chronic medical conditions. The Philadelphia VAMC provides health care to more than 50,000 Veterans in Philadelphia and seven surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. More information is available at www.philadelphia.va.gov.

Bottom line - If somebody sends me something - I will try to get it out there.

I have a little soapbox and one voice.