In its first stop to Atlantic City, the Mobile Outreach Clinic from the Wilmington VA Medical Center has brought medical services to local veterans, saving them the difficulties of traveling to clinics.
"This is good because its convenient, either you have to go all the way to Philadelphia, or Delaware or Newark and you know, that's costly," said Marine Corps Veteran Leo Kelsey.
And while flu shots were advertised on the door Tuesday, medical staff provided local vets with a variety of services.
"Management of acute illnesses, chronic illnesses, influenza, Pneumovax, Tetanus shots, things like that. We also do blood work," said nurse practitioner Michele Kuhn.
Because the Veteran’s Administration is fully funded until 2014, officials say the government shut down has not affected the mobile clinic. In addition to medical services, veterans can also check their eligibility and register with the Veteran’s Administration and homeless vets can even receive housing assistance.
"If the veteran needs some kind of emergency placement or housing placement we start that process to address the homelessness," said Homeless Veterans Outreach Social Worker, Ken Gorski.
While this is the trucks first visit to Atlantic City, it is not the last. Officials say visits to Stockton College are in the future and the truck plans to return to Atlantic City every other week.
"I'm on disability, what am I going to do you know what I mean? I can only afford for so much, they need more of these to tell you the truth," said Kelsey.
And in their first visit to Atlantic City, officials hope the word starts to get out, and more veterans will be helped each visit.
"Once people find out, they'll be lining up to get these services" said Kelsey.
The Wilmington VA Medical Center also offers select services its Northfield location on New Road. To view the scheduled stops of the Veterans Mobile Outreach Clinic, click here.
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