Vets invited to get health care info

Staff report

July 30, 2014

LUMBERTON —Veterans in and around Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties will have an opportunity on Friday to enroll in the Veterans Affairs health care system and learn about the services offered by the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.

The medical center’s inaugural wellness fair will take place during the Three County Homeless Veterans and Community Stand Down at the National Guard Armory at 4502 Fayetteville Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I think this is an important for the community because, for one, we are in a very rural area of North Carolina, and two, we have a lot of veterans who cannot reach the VA or get their questions answered,” said Karla Carter, event organizer and founder of the K&L Veterans Homes and Services office in Lumberton. “We want to bring more awareness to veterans here in this area so they know there are transportation options and housing options out there for them.”

The rural health team consists of a nurse educator and health care specialists who can provide information on diabetes management, controlling hypertension and cholesterol levels, women’s health care, mental health services and other specialized programs available to veterans. An eligibility and enrollment specialist will be on-hand to discuss VA health benefits and accept veterans’ enrollments on site.

Anyone who has served in the United States military is invited to attend the event. Veterans are encouraged to bring a copy of their DD Form 214 (discharge paperwork) and last year’s financial information to expedite enrollment.

For information about the Three County Homeless Veterans and Community Stand Down, call Karla Carter, K&L Veterans Homes and Services, at 910-273-3819. For information about the Fayetteville VA Medical Center Rural Health Team, call Melvin Peterson at 910-286-1313.