Information about Non VA Care

Great news, I have become a health care provider for both the Denver and Cheyenne Veteran’s Affairs Non VA Care department.  From October 2017 through August 2018, six veterans from the Cheyenne VA and one veteran from the Denver VA have been given authorized visits for acupuncture at my office in Longmont.  Happily, their travel time for appointments is much less burdensome.  Here is a view point from one of the veterans who has gone through the process:

“I am fortunate enough to have had Daisy for my Non-VA care. As a combat vet, I came home with my fair share of issues that needed addressing. Getting approved through the VA was fairly seamless and I highly recommend her service to all of my battle-buddies out there that need help. Having been utilizing acupuncturists for 14 years, I know the difference in quality care and Ms. Lear is top notch.”

Darren Moon, Longmont

Combat Veteran, served in Iraq and Gulf War

The Non VA Care department is similar to the Choice Program in that a veteran may see a health care provider apart from the VA.  Veterans may ask for visits with an acupuncture provider closer to their home, making appointments more easily accessible.  The following paragraph provides an outline of how it works and what to expect:

  • Veterans can ask for acupuncture through the Non VA Care department by first speaking with their primary care provider at the VA either in person or over the phone.  Requested care does NOT have to be service connected.
  • The PCP then authorizes visits and gives the information to the Non VA Care department.  
  • The veteran will then receive paperwork in the mail detailing how many visits were authorized and contact information of an acupuncture provider.  
  • The acupuncturist will receive the veteran’s contact information, authorization for visits and health history.  
  • The veteran may then arrange appointments for treatment in the acupuncturist’s office.  
  • The acupuncture provider takes care of submitting invoices, and faxes treatment notes to the Non VA department on behalf of the veteran. 
  • The veteran is not responsible for payment

For more information, please call (303)587-3557 or visit


AVF Volunteers

In this last newsletter for the year, I would like to share a few photos and say thank you! Acupuncture for Veterans and Families receives so much help from volunteers, we’d like to thank those of you who give us a hand with events, provide professional web support, business and legal assistance, provide supplies, and most of all, health care and encouragement! Michael & Alice
Most recently, Michael and Alice Bellmont
of Longmont, CO opened their home to
provide a benefit house concert to raise
funding for AVF.

Left: The original music of Michael Bellmont was absolutely touching, AND a lot of   laughs. Thank you so much Michael and Alice, and to those who attended this lovely Sunday afternoon event.

AVF also participated with the Longmont American Legion’s Homeless Veteran Stand Down where services, warm clothing, and food were provided at no cost to veterans.

AVF provided Chinese medicine and acupuncture treatments during Project Sanctuary’s last retreat of the year over the Veterans Day weekend. Project Sanctuary provides retreats for military families in the beautiful Colorado Rockies at the YMCA in Granby.

JacobLeft: Jacob Slotter is providing a cupping treatment for a participant during the Project Sanctuary retreat. The child’s father is actively serving in the Navy.

Jacob, age 10, has been doing cupping for years, and thoroughly enjoys both giving and receiving these techniques that he has learned from his mom, Daisy.





Left: Jack Slotter, age 4, AVF’s youngest volunteer, is removing cups from the child
pictured above.


Below: She really enjoyed receiving and learning! She now gives her mother a massage after cupping.

Little girl

AVF’s most recent Chinese medicine and recipientacupuncture provider, Michael Cooper, also participated with the November Project Sanctuary retreat.

21 treatments were provided for military families, PS staff and volunteers.

From our family to yours, we wish you the very best during the holiday season and throughout the new year!

Project Sanctuary 22nd Retreat

In March of 2012 Acupuncture for Veterans and their Families (AVF)joined Project Sanctuary at the Granby YMCA for their 22nd retreat for military families.  The families, staff and volunteers were very open and glad to receive Chinese medicine and acupuncture services.


During the two and a
half days that AVF
participated with this
retreat, AVF provided
19 treatments, 3 of
which were for
children, and 4 for
staff and volunteers.
To see more
photographs from the
retreat, please check
out the AVF website:



Participant at the 22nd Project Sanctuary Retreat
Father is actively serving in the army, 6 deployments.   She is receiving auriculotherapy.


AVF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free Chinese medicine and acupuncture services for veterans, active duty, and their immediate family members in order to address the stress and pain resulting from military service.

Project Sanctuary is a nonprofit
organization that hosts 5
night therapeutic retreats for
military families in Colorado’s
Rocky Mountains that are
designed to facilitate a balance
of intimate family interactions
and communal activities. These
retreats use diversion therapy
with an array of recreational
activities including fishing,
horse back riding, skiing,
hiking and snowmobiling.
website: ProjectSanctuary.US









Participant at the 22nd Project Sanctuary Retreat
Husband, Father, Army 17 years, Active duty, 6 deployments
He is receiving cupping and acupuncture.  Spouse in background




Acupuncture for Veterans and their Families and Project Sanctuary are
501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.  We appreciate all levels of support!
Donations are tax deductible.


Participants at the 22nd Project Sanctuary Retreat
On the table:  Father, husband, Army veteran
On the couch:  Father, husband, Active duty army, 3 deployments
Both endure multiple physical injuries, post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury (TBI).


Families, staff and volunteers saw a noticeable difference in pain levels, anxiety, sleep, breathing, (yes, the ability to take a deeper breath) energy, and a general sense of well being.