"Like HELL you'll close our Hospital!"
Brig. Gen. Bill Bacon, Ret
Past President and founder of HCVC
R.I.P., Old Top
1920 - 2008

Kerrville V.A. Hospital

Important News


September Marks Suicide Prevention Month 

September 1, 2017, 07:01:00 PM

 September Marks Suicide Prevention Month 

WASHINGTON – The message from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the friends and families of Veterans during Suicide Prevention Month is simple: Be There.

“We know that in 2014, an average of 20 Veterans a day died in this country from suicide, which is 20 too many,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin. “This is a national public health crisis requiring a national public health approach. When it comes to preventing Veteran suicide, VA can’t – and should not – do this alone.”

For Suicide Prevention Month, VA has a number of outreach events planned to raise awareness. Among some of the top events planned:

·         A number of declaration signings will be held throughout the month within the entire VA health care system, the Department of Defense, Veteran service organizations and with other partners around the country that show a commitment of solidarity to prevent Veteran suicides.

·         Each VA facility will also be asked to commit to Be There, ensuring Veterans get the mental health support they need through a “no wrong door” philosophy. The VA declaration promises:

·         To adopt a “no wrong door” philosophy for suicide prevention so every VA employee will assist Veterans in need;

·         To work with our Community Veteran Engagement Boards or other community partner in suicide prevention efforts;

·         To establish a “buddy system” so Veterans can reach out to someone when needed;   

·         To continue implementation of Press 7, for our telephone systems, where feasible, to provide immediate access to the Veterans and Military Crisis Line

·         To establish open access in our facility mental health clinics and same day access in our community based mental health clinics within six months, to ensure prompt attention to the needs of our Veterans;

·         To work across clinical specialties to ensure Veterans receive integrated speciality pain managaement and sleep services as needed; 

·         To ensure all staff and employees clinical suicide prevention training;

·         To arrange appointments for Veterans seeking care through Enhanced Enrollment procedures; and

·         To increase the number of Veterans and providers connecting through our Telemental Health services.

·         suicide prevention toolkit is being distributed around the country to stakeholders and community partners.

·         A number of partnerships will be announced including a national network of volunteer professionals at Give an Hour to expand community-based mental health services for Veteran and military communities.

·         Outreach efforts will target communities and military units that are experiencing high rates of suicide. We are not waiting until they are in crisis. 

·         VA is continuing its work with the Department of Defense to identify at-risk service members and enroll them for VA care and engage them through community programs before they transition out of the military, with a day planned in which employees of both departments will be encouraged to wear the same color to show commitment to suicide prevention.

·         Monthlong social media events are planned including a Thunderclap, twitter and blog posts; Instagram takehover; Facebook live and other social media media events targeted at suicide prevention.

Veterans in crisis can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255. 

Veterans can also visit Make the Connection, a powerful network of stories of recovery, to learn more: http://maketheconnection.net.

 For more information and resources, visit and VeteransCrisisLine.net/BeThereVeteransCrisisLine.net/SpreadTheWord.

Reporters covering this issue are strongly encouraged to visit www.ReportingOnSuicide.Org for important guidance on ways to communicate on suicide.

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VA News Releases


VA Answers Governor Christie's Call on Opioid, Launches S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N Advices and Guidelines

08/01/2017 07:26 AM ED

When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recognized by many as a leader in the pain management field and the responsible use of opioids across the VA healthcare system.




Department of
Veterans Affairs





VA News Releases



VA Secretary Formalizes Expansion of Emergency Mental Health Care to Former Service Members With Other-Than-Honorable Discharges

06/27/2017 11:48 AM EDT


WASHINGTON - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released finalized plans that lay the framework for providing emergency mental health coverage to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.





VA News Releases


VA's Rule Establishes a Presumption of Service Connection for Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

01/13/2017 11:28 AM EST

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.




VA News Releases


VA Study Finds EEG Can Help Tell Apart PTSD & Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

12/20/2016 01:48 PM EST

A recent VA study points to a possible breakthrough in differentiating between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), otherwise known as a concussion.




VA News Releases


Veterans Crisis Line Improves Service with New Call Center Opening in Atlanta

12/20/2016 10:28 AM EST

The Department of Veteran Affairs cut the ribbon today for its new Veteran Crisis Line (VCL) satellite office in Atlanta allowing the life-saving hotline to expand capacity by nearly 600 Veterans each day essentially doubling VA's ability to help Veterans in need.


Hill Country County Veterans Service Officers
(CVSO)& Texas Veterans Commission (TVC)
CLICK HERE for Contact Information

VA Healthcare Available in Kerrville

Veterans may obtain a wide range of medical services at the Kerrville VA Medical Center. These services include primary care and selected specialties.

The Kerrville VA facility does not have emergency care capability. Veterans in need of emergency care should seek immediate assistance at a local hospital. Please visit http://www.nonvacare.va.gov/  for information about non-VA care. You may wish to call Telecare On-Line, your access to a Registered Nurse.

If you require immediate assistance, please call: Toll free number: 1-888-686-6350 or 210 949-3994

Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply for VA healthcare benefits. To apply for benefits, complete the VA Form 10-10EZ. This form may be obtained from any VA facility, a local Veterans Service Officer (VSO), or online at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/form_detail.asp?FormNo=10EZ.

Complete the form 10-10EZ and take it along with a DD-214 to the Admissions Desk at the Kerrville VA. You may also fax the application to: (210) 949-3296 (San Antonio).

The application may also be completed entirely on-line at https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/Form/1010ez.pdf.

Please apply for VA healthcare benefits today even if you think you do not qualify for VA healthcare or do not need VA healthcare. By applying for care at the Kerrville VA you enter the count of number of veterans requesting local services. This number is important in maintaining and improving medical services to veterans in the Kerrville area.

The Kerrville VA Medical Center is located at 3600 Memorial Blvd. (Hwy. 27). Phone calls can be directed to 830-896-2020.

The major mission of the Hill Country Veterans Council is to:

To maintain a full range of appropriate services at the Kerrville Veterans Administration medical facility.

To ensure excellence in all health care provided at the center.

To strive for the satisfaction of every veteran using the facility.


The Kerr County Veterans Service Officer is responsible for assisting Armed Forces Veterans and their dependants who reside in Kerr County of the legal Benefits available to them under U. S. Federal and State laws. The Veterans Service Officer reports to the Commissioners Court, and performs duties under the technical Guidelines established by the Texas Veterans Commission and Federal Law under C.F.R. 38. There is no charge for services

Maggie Baker
Kerr County Veteran’s Service Officer
700 Main Street #118
Kerrville,TX 78028
Phone: 830-792-2203
Fax: 830-792-2204


Contact HCVC Board Members on right
Click on any name

 Col. Vicki T. Marsh (USMC Ret.)

Past President
Brig. Gen. Walter Schellhase
(USA Ret.)

1st Vice President
Dennis Birchall
2nd Vice President
Byron Warren

Board Members

Emilio Rendon
Gary Noller
William A "Bill" Cantrell
Maggie Baker
David Rittenhouse

Cord Switzer
Gary Powers

Nick Oprea


Past Directors
Past President
Brig. Gen. Bill Bacon (USAF Ret.) (deceased)
Bill Bacon (deceased)
Bill Bowden (deceased)
The Hon. Bill Stacy (deceased)
Lt. Gen. Murphy Chesney (USAF Ret.) (deceased)
Joe Strange (deceased)
Laura Craig (deceased)
Gene Ritchie (deceased)
Bennie Hyde (deceased)
Sam Barker (deceased)

Joseph Benham  (deceased)
Bob Weinberg
Rev. Al Shults
Richard York
Bob Waller
Connie Smith
Gene Higgins 
Ed Jackson
Alan Hill  
Judd Ashmore
Jack Ledford

Honorary Members
BG Walter Schellhase
Dr. Dan Bacon
Sherry Cunningham (deceased)
The Hon. Ben Low
Gael Montana (deceased)
Linda Cook





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