Let Us All Remember…

Let Us All Remember…

On Memorial Day, I always feel a heavy weight upon my shoulder.  Maybe because I never served in our U.S. military but I significantly feel the sacrifice of those who did.  it’s been interesting to me how much more that feeling has amplified with a daughter now at DOD and so significantly tied to our national security and what it really means to serve. (Given these past few weeks she too is working 12 hour days and even today to ensure our national security, and for that I am so grateful).

I was surprised to hear on the news this weekend that the traditional Rolling Thunder brigade of tens of thousands of bikers traveling to the Pentagon to pay respects to those who have served will end after this year.  Money and coordination resources were key.  That was a sad notification of a long-time tradition that was unable to proceed but I remain hopeful that local communities will find ways to keep the time-honored tradition of recognizing those who have served.

And speaking of- it feels an appropriate time for a reminder on our grant opportunity with CoBank to create Virtual Living Rooms to find ways to use telemedicine to support our American Veterans…I remain so hopeful that we can “give” all of this money away this year…

INTRODUCING THE VIRTUAL LIVING ROOMSM
Do you have veterans that live in your rural community? Do any of them struggle with living quite a distance from the nearest VA hospital?

A new partnership announced by the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) and CoBank may have a solution for NTCA-member-served communities: the Virtual Living Room.

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WHAT IS A VIRTUAL LIVING ROOM?
A Virtual Living Room is a clean, safe, local space where veterans can come and use broadband to connect virtually with skilled healthcare professionals in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical system.

A Virtual Living Room venue can be just about anywhere you think will work –a Veterans of Foreign Wars post, American Legion, library, firehouse, church or community center, for example. The space should be clean, relatively private and have broadband provided by an NTCA member.

HOW DO YOU SET UP A VIRTUAL LIVING ROOM?
FRS is offering grants of $5,000 to NTCA members who partner with a local venue and the VA to form a Virtual Living Room. If you already provide broadband to one of the places listed above, all you need is a contact with the VA (FRS can help with that) to apply for the FRS Virtual Living Room Grant.
WHERE DO YOU APPLY?
Visit FRS.org today to apply for your Virtual Living Room grant.
THANK YOU

FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION

The Virtual Living Room Grant would not be possible without an extremely generous donation from CoBank.
QUESTIONS?
If at any point you have questions, email FRS, or call

(703) 351-2026 and be sure to check the webpage for helpful information on your path to creating a Virtual Living Room.

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