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NATIONAL PRISONER OF WAR MUSEUM REOPENED

ANDERSONVILLE, GA. - - February 17, 2007 - - On Saturday, February 17, 2007, the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site was reopened after being closed since November 27, 2006.  The closure was required due to a major maintenance project conducted at the Museum.  The work included painting all interior surfaces, replacement of carpet, revisions to the heating and cooling system and other renovations.  The Museum had to be closed for the 79 days of the project and all exhibits, artifacts, furnishings and books removed to allow the work to be done.  The park staff along with volunteers, Eastern National employees and National Park Service employees from the Southeast Regional Office and the Southeast Archeological Center moved out of the Museum and back in after the contractor was completed.  The contractor who completed the project was RCA Contracting Inc. from Montezuma, Georgia.   

During the time that the Museum was closed, a temporary visitor contact station was used to provide basic interpretive services to the public.  Both of the park’s introductory films, the Eastern National sales area, some exhibits about Camp Sumter and the popular audio driving tour were made available for the public.  The contact station was a rented office trailer that was converted by the park Maintenance Staff to a visitor center.  The timing of the closure and the awarding of the contract was carefully chosen at a time when the park receives its least amount of visitors. 

“Thanks to the great work by our staff, the contractor, our volunteers and partners we are excited to have the National Prisoner of War Museum back open again” stated Fred Boyles, Superintendent of Andersonville. “I am pleased once again to be able to share our wonderful Museum with the public especially now that it has been spruced up.”  The National Prisoner of War Museum was opened in 1998 and is the only interpretive facility of its kind in the nation. 

 


VA Warns of Telephone Prescription Scam

WASHINGTON (Oct. 19, 2005) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is
warning veterans not to give credit card numbers over the phone to
callers claiming to update VA prescription information.

"Some unscrupulous scammers have targeted America's veterans, especially
our older veterans," said the Honorable R. James Nicholson, Secretary of
Veterans Affairs. "VA does not call veterans and ask them to disclose
personal financial information over the phone."

The latest scam, currently centered in the Midwest, comes from callers
who identify themselves as working for the "Patient Care Group." They
say VA recently changed procedures for dispensing prescriptions and ask
for the veteran's credit card number.

"VA has not changed its processes for dispensing prescription
medicines," Nicholson said. "And we've definitely not changed our
long-standing commitment to protect the personal information of our
veterans."

Veterans with questions about VA services should contact the nearest VA
medical center or call, toll-free, 1-877-222-8387.

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VA Creates Procedures for Benefits in Wake of Katrina

WASHINGTON (Sept. 14, 2005) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has established emergency procedures for veterans whose VA financial benefits have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

"It is critical that veterans and their families who are victims of this devastating hurricane continue to have access to their funds," said the Honorable R. James Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Nicholson said the Department is providing replacement checks for victims of Hurricane Katrina who are unable to obtain VA benefits checks mailed to their homes or electronically deposited in banks within the affected area.

More than 80 percent of veterans receive their VA benefits checks through direct deposit and those payments will continue without interruption. Veterans and beneficiaries who do not have access to their banks or who normally receive a paper check can obtain a replacement check by calling 1-800-827-1000 or by visiting any VA regional office in the country. VA hospitals are not able to provide replacement checks.

For questions related to health care for veterans within the hurricane zone, VA is operating a toll-free hot-line at 1-800-507-4571.
Information for veterans affected by the hurricane is also available on the Internet at http://www.va.gov <http://www.va.gov/> .

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