IT COULD BE A GAME CHANGER FOR VETERANS IN THE rtMETRO. NEARLY 20 THOUSAND ARE NOT ENROLLED IN BENEFIT PROGRAMS. BUT A NEW HEALTH CLINIC AIMS TO HELP CHANGE THAT. 41 ACTION NEWS REPORTER TOM DEMPSEY SHOWS US rt
HOW IT COULD MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR THOSE WHO SERVED. THE NEW V-A HEALTH CLINIC HERE IN rtSHAWNEE REMAINS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE DIRT AND EQUIPMENT AROUND. BUT IN JUST THREE MONTHS — THIS FACILITY HOPES TO PROVIDE AN OPTION rt
FOR THOUSANDS OF LOCAL VETERANS. Mike Cooper Air Force veteran rt I’m a member of the Olathe American Legion, post 153.” MIKE COOPER ENLISTED IN THE AIR FORCE IN 1974. READY TO SERVE DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. Mike Cooper Air Force veteran I signed on the dotted line rt and I would’ve gone anywhere they sent me if they had only asked.” DECADES LATER. COOPER IS NOW ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE HEALTH SERVICES AT THE V-A MEDICAL CENTER IN EAST Kansas City. Mike Cooper rt Air Force veteran I go in and do blood work so that they can do wellness checks.” A TRIP FOR COOPER FROM OLATHE…. THAT CAN SOMETIMES BE LONG. Mike Cooper rtAir Force veteran If you got to go down to KCVA you’ve got to plan either going around the traffic early or going late.” THE TRIP FOR FELLOW VETERANS IN THE KANSAS METRO rtAREA. COULD SOON CHANGE. THE SHAWNEE V-A OUTPATIENT HEALTH CLINIC COMING IN 2018. A NEW FACILITY. HOPING TO PROVIDE MORE CARE AND A WAY TO REACH rtAROUND EIGHTEEN THOUSAND METRO VETERANS UN- ENROLLED IN V-A BENEFITS PROGRAMS. Dr. Ahmad Batrash KCVA Chief of Staff Hopefully by seeing this new clinic available for them they would considerrt the VA as a choice.” WITH SOME UNAWARE OF THE BENEFITS THEY CAN RECEIVE KCVA DOCTOR AHMAD BATRASH SAYS BRINGING AN OPTION CLOSER COULD HAVE A BIG rtIMPACT. Dr. Ahmad Batrash KCVA Chief of Staff This is very important to cutdown on the travel. Cut down on the inconvenience.” HEALTH CARE MADE EASIER FOR KANSAS METRO VETERANS WHO ANSWERED THE CALL FOR SERVICE. Mike rtCooper Air Force veteran I’m glad that the veterans are getting the attention that they well deserve especially with the health care.” rtMENTAL HEALTH AND LAB SERVICES WILL BE SOME OF THE CARE PROVIDED AT THE NEW FACILITY WHEN IT OPENS ON JANUARY rt2ND NEXT YEAR. ALL VETERANS CAN COME TO THIS FACILITY WHEN IT OPENS FOR A SCREENING. LIVE IN SHAWNEE, TOM DEMPSEY, 41 ACTION NEWS.