HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM SEEKS PERSONAL WAR MEMORIES

Fighting in a war abroad is usually a lonely and traumatic experience for a soldier and often the coming home can be even harder.  An upcoming exhibit hopes to tell these challenging homecoming stories, and public contributions are being sought. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

Coming home from war is mostly a cause for celebration, but once the initial elation has passed, soldiers can be left feeling unsettled in a place once familiar. An exhibit entitled, War Comes Home: The Legacy, is currently being developed for a run later this year at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum starting September 11 through to December 23.

Featuring private correspondence from major conflicts in US history, the exhibit will offer a highly personal view into the emotions of veterans and their families upon their homecoming. The exhibit aims to explore such themes as wartime separation, perception v. reality, the costs of war, and re-adjusting to life at home.

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum seeks historic, contemporary, and original submissions from private individuals in the form of letters, emails, oral histories, photos, military uniforms, or artifacts relating to any American war. Submissions should be sent by email to vcantu@yucca-valley.org. For more info, call 760-369-7212.

The exhibit is possible through the Museums’ partnership with California Humanities, the California State Library, and Exhibit Envoy and is a part of its’ War Comes Home Initiative which strives to foster a deeper understanding wars’ impact on communities.

NEW PROTOCOLS TO VISIT VA HOSPITALS

Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures and out of concern for veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented current social isolation and distancing guidelines. Veterans are asked to use online tools for routine or non-urgent health-related questions. With the details, here’s Rebecca Havely…

Veterans can receive care at home, either over the phone or via video chat, using VA Video Connect on their computers, smartphones, or tablets. With MyHealth.va.gov, VA’s online patient portal, veterans can send online secure messages to their VA health care team and set up telephone or video appointments. Veterans can also request prescription refills and order and ship medications to their homes. The VA is requesting that veterans only call with urgent needs at this time. Register at www.myhealth.va.gov.

MARK CALENDAR FOR DRIVE-THROUGH VETERANS JOB FAIR IN MORENO VALLEY

The U.S. Vets-Inland Empire Workforce Department is holding a drive-through job fair at March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley. The job fair, set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, is for military veterans, reservists, active duty, and the general public. Attendees should dress professionally and bring a resume and prepare to meet one-on-one with employers representing various industries. More information about the job fair is available below.  

March Veterans Village
15305 6th Street
March ARB, CA 92518

**Follow directional signs**

Date & Time:
July 23, 2020
10 am – 1 pm

For more information contact lali-ramlogan@usvetsinc.org

GAS ASSISTANCE FUND EXTENDED

With many people thrown out of work when the COVID-19 crisis forced countless businesses to shut down, some people couldn’t afford to pay their utility bills. Southern California Gas has announced it has extended its gas assistance fund program. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells us more…

This has been a difficult time for many who are stretching their finances to pay bills. SoCalGas’s Gas Assistance Fund program usually closes in April, but the fund has been extended into the fall months. The one-time grant awards have also been doubled from $100 to $200. As a reminder, SoCalGas has suspended service disconnections until further notice. This means no residential or small business customer will have their natural gas service turned off due to non-payment. More information, including how to apply, is available at socalgas.com/Gaf

LEARN MORE ABOUT COVID-19 IMPACTS ON CANCER PATIENTS

Two Low-Desert physicians who specialize in oncology are part of an online discussion on the impacts felt by local cancer patients and their caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Judy Jackson from Desert Regional Medical Center and Dr. Mark Genesen from Eisenhower Health, part of Tenet Healthcare, which includes Hi-Desert Medical Center, will discuss out care of the cancer patient is evolving in the current climate. The discussion can be watched on the YouTube video embedded below.