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Cancer Research and Resource Center Hosts Veteran’s Support Group

Mr. Jose Illa, Transition Patient Advocate shares with Veterans the program at the first Veterans Support Group hosted by the Cancer Research and Resource Center.

The Cancer Research and Resource Center hosted the first Veteran’s Support Group facilitated by Mr. Jose Illa, Transition Patient Advocate from McGuire VAMC.  Many topics were discussed including billing and benefits.  Next month’s meeting will be held on March 8, 2016 from 10:00 am until noon at the Center 221 North Main Street, Lawrenceville, VA and will include a segment devoted to the VA’s My HealtheVet program.  My HealtheVet is a web-based application that creates a new, online environment where Veterans, family, and clinicians may come together to optimize Veterans’ health care.  Veterans with a premium My HealtheVet account will have access to the following features:

  1. The VA Blue Button to print, save or download personal health information and portions of VA health records
  2. VA Prescription refills
  3. VA Appointments
  4. VA Lab results
  5. Secure Messaging to communicate non-urgent matters with their VA health care team.

All Veterans are welcome to attend.  Gwen McMillian, the My HealtheVet coordinator from McGuire VAMC will be available to answer any My HealtheVet questions and assist with enrollment.  If you need further information, please feel free to stop by the Center at 221 North Main Street, Lawrenceville, VA  23868, phone 434-532-8190 or email or  The Center is funded by VCU Massey Cancer Center and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.


GCHS Celebrates SkillsUSA Week

SkillsUSA members at Greensville County Highs School are celebrated SkillsUSA Week during February 7-13, 2016 in conjunction with National Career and Technical Education Month.

Jada Brown (pictured at right, participating with the AKA One Million Backpacks project) is chairperson of SkillsUSA Week Activities at Greensville County High School where students are active in SkillsUSA. Members have plan the following activities for this week:

  • Monday: Signing of the SkillsUSA proclamation with principal Mrs. Burton
  • Tuesday: Business and Industry Field Trips: Gateway Bank and SteelFab
  • Wednesday:  Presentation of SkillsUSA power point in various classrooms
  • Thursday: Campus Cleanup – cancelled due to inclement weather
  • Friday:   SkillsUSA  Valentine Social

Greensville County High School SkillsUSA has been busy since the beginning of school attending competition at the Virginia State Fair, participating in leadership development training, and various community service projects. The organization officers are Jada Brown (President), Taylor Powell, (Vice President), Samantha Dickens, (Secretary), Titiana Nicholson (Treasurer), Regan Drake (Reporter), Ishmael Muhammad (Parliamentary) and Haylee Miller (Chaplain).

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations in high schools and college/technical schools.

SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 members annually, organized into 18,000 sections and 53 state and territorial associations (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands).

SkillsUSA prepares America’s high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills.

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. For more information visit


Above right: SkillsUSA members participating in The Heart Truth Walk and balloon release.  Above left: SkillsUSA members on a tour at SteelFab

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