Friday, June 29, 2012

VA Rural Medical Van Visits Copper

On June 28, 2012 the VA Rural Medical Outreach Clinic visited Copperopolis offering medical examinations, consultations, referrals and prescription refills.

This is the second visit from the rural medical outreach clinic. In 2011, the forming VFW Post (now proudly Post 12118) located and invited the van to visit Copper. Due to the high number of aid to vets at that time, the van has placed Copper on a six to eight month visiting schedule.

This particular visit was able to reach out to a number of veterans that had not been "in the system." Which meant they had not received benefits deserving of their status as a veteran.

There were also Veteran Service Officers on hand to assist veterans with benefits, claims and updating of information. Area 12 Agency on aging was present offering valuable advice as were representatives from other companies that offered discounts and promotions for veterans., such as phones for the hearing impaired and exercise balls for those with limited hand use.

 Louis Bickford proudly wears the first 'Chairman State Native American Veterans' VFW hat. Bickford is an advocate for Native Americans to not only join the VFW but to seek the benefits they "deserve for serving their country."