Sepulveda VA troops work hard, deserve support

first_imgThe automatic lift welded to the back of Harvey Rose’s van tells a story that often gets overlooked these days. Despite the medical cutbacks in veterans services at Sepulveda VA, the staff and volunteers there are doing a heck of a job holding the place together for our local vets. You can hate the war, Harvey says, but still support the troops. The Sepulveda VA’s own war is to end the cutbacks in services and keep the North Hills facility open and vital. The troops trying to do just that are the dedicated doctors, physical therapists, support staff and volunteers working there. I’ve heard the same sentiments from hundreds of veterans and their widows over the years. They all hate the war – the cutbacks at Sepulveda, and having to drive over the hill to the West L.A. VA for their medical appointments now. But to a man and woman, they support the troops doing the heavy lifting at Sepulveda VA. People such as Pam Murphy, widow of Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy, who has dedicated her life to cutting through VA red tape and making sure all vets get the services they deserve. People such as Becky James and the dozens of retired residents in the volunteer department who show up every day to do anything that’s needed – from picking up vets at their homes and bringing them to the VA or just sitting at a bedside holding a vet’s hand or reading to him. Last year, when the VA brass thanked the volunteers for the great job they were doing by cutting out the free $4.50 lunch they were given after working more than four hours a day, these people didn’t blink an eye. The volunteers kept on showing up free of charge, bringing their own lunch. They weren’t there for the free lunch. They were there for the vets. If the VA was going to be that cheap, it wasn’t their problem. People such as recreation therapist Patty Jones and physical therapist Patrick Gregario, who work so hard with so little to make sure the vets get every opportunity to succeed. Every year, Patty and Patrick field a team of local veterans 55 and older for the National Golden Age Games. And every year, our Sepulveda team brings home the lion’s share of medals in sports competitions with other VAs throughout the country. Even the VA itself bills the Golden Age Games as one of its most important programs in promoting rehabilitation, wellness and camaraderie among veterans. So it got a lot of people scratching their heads a few years ago when the brass at Sepulveda decided it didn’t have the money in the budget to help local vets without resources make the trip to participate in the games. I wrote about it, and a lot of readers were kind enough to send along a donation to help our local team out. We wound up sending a team of 22. No big surprise. The local VA says it still can’t find the money this year for a program it thinks is so important, so the guys could use our help again to get them to the games in Houston this year. Donation checks should be made out to GPF No. 2071, with Sepulveda Golden Age Game Athletes written on the memo line. Mail to Patty Jones, CTRS, (Rec. Therapy 117F), VA Medical Center, 16111 Plummer St., Sepulveda, CA 91343. Like Harvey says, you can hate the war being fought over at Sepulveda, but still support the troops. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 They’re the heart and soul of the VA, says Harvey, a World War II vet who fought at Guadalcanal. He stopped by Sepulveda last week to see about getting a ramp to wheel his scooter up and into the van when he has to drive somewhere. At 82, Harvey’s legs are pretty shot, and he gets around these days mostly in that scooter the VA issued him. “When I asked for the ramp, they said I didn’t need one. Instead, I was told to pull my van around back. A couple of guys came out and welded on an automatic lift for me. “It’s been incredible, more than I ever expected. I’m free to go any place I want now. You know, in all the years I’ve been coming to the VA, I’ve never met a bad person,” Harvey says. “They’ve all been very gracious, going out of their way to help us veterans.” last_img read more

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Join the post summer slim down!

first_imgAs the summer season is coming to an end and it’s almost time to see the kids off to school again, many of us are thinking of slimming down following our summer holidays. Most of us don’t know where to turn to to get the results we want, is it diet, exercise or both? Should I join a group, join an online plan, go to fitness classes, sign up for bootcamp?With so many different options out there its so easy to get confused and often people try to combine a mix of this, that and the other which can sometimes lead to no results and just a feeling of failure. I have been there done that and wore the t-shirt, then I found Slimming World. Last month we spoke about how quick fixes are slowly fading out and as they do the question now is what long term option will work best for me??I often get calls and messages asking about how Slimming World works so for anyone wondering and considering slimming down here is a quick overview of what we do and how it all comes together.Slimming World’s approach is based on a deep understanding of the psychology of slimmer’s, believing the burden carried by overweight people is two-fold: excess weight as well as guilt, self-criticism and poor self-esteem. Our aim is to help people shed the misery of excess weight, supporting members to lead happier, more fulfilling and healthier lives.Through an understanding and compassionate approach Slimming World help members to develop motivation, confidence and mutual support in order to make healthy and highly effective lifestyle changes for life.Members lose weight through a multi-component approach of:• healthy eating habits formed through a Food Optimising eating plan (my favourite part, no food is banned so as well as family dinners I can still enjoy my treats)• regular moderate exercise developed through a Body Magic programme ( don’t worry if like me the furthest you walk is to the car, if you want to become more active its all about small steps when you are ready and able and always with you in control)• motivating group support to encourage long-term behaviour change through a unique approach called IMAGE Therapy ( this is the part that brings the best result, getting that help, support, ideas and inspiration from other members. Sharing how we get the amazing weight losses that we joined for in the first place)Here’s the important parts we all want to know but don’t want to ask:Do we discuss your weight in group?No, our members’ weight remains confidential at all times: weight changes are discussed, but a member’s actual weight is not disclosed. Will you tell me what I need to weigh?No, our members choose their own personal and individual target weight, called a Personal Achievement Target (PAT) and they can alter it at any time along the way. We can offer membership to anyone who has 7 lb or more to lose, ensuring at all times that their weight does not fall into the unhealthy range.Are there men in group?Yes, most of our sessions have a mixture of men and women. Our groups cater for all the family with a big emphasis on eating food everyone can enjoy, real food like meat, spuds and veg, nothing is banned so there is no need for hunger.What age can members join at? We offer membership to anyone over 11 years. Young adults from the ages of 11 to 15 can attend for free with a parent/guardian member. With our young adults they have a wonderful free to go healthy eating booklet they receive and concentrate on making healthy swaps and choices.How long does group last?Each group lasts up to 1 & 1/2 hours. During the first half hour the consultant explains how food optimising works to any new members while existing members pay, weigh & grab a cuppa. After this group lasts around 45 min’s to 1 hour with members sharing ideas, recipes, hints, tips and celebrating awards. After group all new members are weighed by the consultant.I have food a food allergy, can I still lose weight?(Ceoliac / IBS and many more)Yes, you certainly can. As with all members we would never advise against doctors orders. If there are certain foods that don’t agree with you, or trigger a flare up of your condition then avoid them, simple as that. Our food optimising plan is so wide and varied that even for people on restrictive diets due to health conditions will find plenty to eat. We tend to concentrate on what you can have rather that what you can’t, and your consultant can help you with this.What happens once I reach my target weight? Once you achieved it, you become a lifetime member and can attend group free of charge (as long as they stay within 3 lbs of their target weight). Around 10% of our members attend group for free to maintain their target weight.What if I don’t lose weight?At Slimming World we are so confident in the effectiveness of our weight loss programme that they offer a money back guarantee.So there you have it, a quick overview of how our groups run and some frequently asked questions. The question now is to join or not to join?? As a member first my advice is give it a go, you really have nothing to lose only the weight.Anne Marie xCheck out our facebook page for details of your nearest group and you will also get some wonderful recipe ideas there (search for the hunters chicken, it’s fab)https://www.facebook.com/slimmingworldindonegal/Join the post summer slim down! was last modified: August 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 5

first_imgIndia returned with three medals on Thursday in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 18.Ankita Raina earned bronze to kick start India’s day despite her loss 4-6, 6-7 to Shuai Zhang of China in a match which lasted for over two hours.15-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final. Shardul shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.The last medal of the day was a bit of a shock as the Indian men’s kabaddi team lost to Iran 18-27 and were knocked out in the semi-final, therefore, settling for bronze.This was the first time the Indian men’s kabaddi team had to settle for anything less than gold in the Asian Games.India now have four gold and silver medals each and 10 bronze. Indian shooter Shardul Vihan bagged silver in men’s Double Trap final, which was India’s eighth medal in shooting and fourth silver in the event.15-year-old Indian shooter Shardul Vihan bags silverThe 15-year-old shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.Vihan has emerged as one of the leading double trap shooters in India and had clinched four gold medals at the Shotgun Nationals Championship last year.Ankita Raina goes down fighting in tennis semis, gets bronzeAnkita Raina who was assured of a medal after reaching the semi-finals, went down fighting against Shuai Zhang of China.The highest-ranked Indian singles player was also struggling with illness after the first set but refused to give up and gave the Chinese world No. 32 a run for her money in the match.advertisementThe Indian men’s kabaddi team suffered a shock 27 – 18 loss at the hands of Iran in the semi-final in the 2018 Asian Games.Indian men’s kabaddi team settles for bronzeThe men’s team, who are seven-time gold-medallists and also the world champions, will have to settle for a bronze medal.It is the first time in the history of the Asian Games that India would come back home without a gold in the men’s kabaddi.Day 4: WRAPRahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals. Rahi Sarnobat won gold for India in the women’s 25m pistol event (AP Photo)India also bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games on Wednesday. This is the best ever medal haul by India in wushu at the Asian Games.Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kiloram), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) lost in their respective semi-finals. Each losing semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.Day 3: WRAPSaurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreSaurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight. Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won medals for India in men’s 10m air pistol event (AP Photo)Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaIndia also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepak takraw men’s team regu.India win first medal in sepak takrawIn the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingWrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Day 2: WRAPVinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.India bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.advertisementLakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (Reuters Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.last_img read more

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