As the weather turns cooler and we begin to enjoy fall, a reminder that Election Day is rapidly approaching. One of the ways veterans continue to serve their communities and nation is by voting.
I highly encourage everyone to ensure they are registered, informed of the candidates and the issues, and to vote on election day, Tuesday November 8th. On Friday of that same week we commemorate Veterans Day and I encourage you to attend one of our local ceremonies and take your friends and families, if possible. While you understand the importance of this day, many do not.
In this update, in addition to voting and Veterans Day observance information, I have included information on TRICARE pharmacy changes and obtaining your annual flu shot. I have also included information on the Commonwealth’s response to the ITT Tech closure.
Voter Registration & Voting information
Election Day will be here before we know it! This is a critical election, so be sure to vote, either on election day or through absentee voting. Be sure to check out the details below on registration and absentee voting deadlines.
On the ballot this fall in Virginia are elections for President, Vice President, members of the House of Representatives, special elections to the General Assembly, various local offices, and two amendments to the Constitution of Virginia. To view candidates on your ballot where you live, click here.
To vote on November 8th, you must be registered to vote. If you need to register to vote, click here. If you need to update your voter registration due to a change in address or to check where you vote, click here. The deadline to register to vote for the 2016 General Election is October 17.
Those not able to make it to the polls on Election Day may be able to vote absentee. Click here to find out if you are eligible to vote absentee and to request an absentee ballot via mail. You may request an absentee ballot via mail anytime between now and November 1. Alternatively, you can vote absentee in-person at your local registrar’s office. You may vote in-person absentee anytime between now and November 5.
Colonial Heights Registrar’s Office
City Hall, 201 James Avenue
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Phone: (804) 520-9277
Chesterfield Registrar’s Office
9848 Lori Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Phone: (804) 748-1471
As a reminder, you must present a government issued photo ID when you go to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license or a United States passport. If you don’t have a photo ID, you can visit your registrar’s office to obtain a free photo ID. Click here for more information on acceptable photo ID types.
Veterans Day Observances
Colonial Heights American Legion Post 284 will be holding a Veterans Day observance at 11:00 a.m. on 11 November at the War Memorial on the Boulevard (between Lee and Lafayette Avenues). Parking is available behind the Court House. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be conducted in the Post Home. There will be a reception following the ceremony at the Post Home at 505 Springdale Avenue, Colonial Heights. For more information, you may contact the Post Adjutant at email@example.com or 804-526-4167.
The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will sponsor a Veterans Day ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on 11 November at the Chesterfield County Historic 1917 Courthouse Green at 10011 Iron Bridge Road. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Chesterfield County Public Meeting Room. For more information, call 796-7156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Legion 11th District and the Virginia War Memorial will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on 11 November at the Virginia War Memorial (621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond). Governor Terry McAuliffe is scheduled to be the guest speaker. For more information you may contact Robert Paylor at email@example.com or phone 804-786-2060.
CVS Dropped from TRICARE Pharmacy Network
CVS will leave the Tricare pharmacy network, replaced by drug giant Walgreens, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) recently announced. Starting December 1, 2016, service members, retirees and their families will no longer be able to have their prescriptions filled at CVS pharmacy stores.
All CVS pharmacies, including those inside Target stores, will no longer be considered “in network,” but Walgreens, a company that left Tricare in 2011 will return, according to DHA. Tricare officials said the network agreement reached with Walgreens will “provide better value and maintain convenient access for beneficiaries.”
The network will have roughly 58,000 locations, with 98 percent of Tricare beneficiaries living within 5 miles of a network store, officials said.
To find a network pharmacy, click here.
Now is the time to seriously consider getting your annual flu shot. If you are enrolled in VA health care you can get your shot at any VA health care facility either during any scheduled appointment or as a walk-in.
If you are a Veteran patient in the VA system, you may choose to get a no-cost flu shot at a local Walgreens between now and March 31, 2016.
No appointment is required; simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility and show your Veterans Identification Card and another form of photo ID. Use Group Code # 5933XBAYV.
Your immunization record will be updated electronically in your local VA electronic health record.
For more information on flu shots both for you and your family click here.
Virginia Response to ITT Tech Closure
The Commonwealth has created an online portal offering students impacted by the recent closure of ITT Technical Institution key information about steps they can take to continue their education at another institution or seek student loan forgiveness. The closure shuttered five campuses in the Commonwealth, including locations in Salem, Chantilly, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Richmond. In September, ITT Tech ceased operations nationwide.
The web portal, located at www.governor.virginia.gov/ITT, offers a one-stop resource for students with questions about how to proceed in the wake of the ITT closure. The Governor has directed the Virginia State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) to leverage every available state resource to assist these students, including the many veterans and active-duty servicemen and women who were enrolled at ITT.
In closing, you can contact me at my district office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 804-526-5135, by US mail – PO Box 1205, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 – or by stopping by my Colonial Heights office at 250B East Ellerslie Avenue. I appreciate your views on legislation that will help me do a better job for the people I represent.
Please visit my Facebook page and my Twitter page. These pages, along with my website, have information/links to the 2016 General Assembly Session to include my 44 pieces of legislation, visitors’ photos, my legislative survey, videos of floor remarks, and related topics.