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Veterans medical unit will visit Morris on Wednesday

Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 9:36 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – The Veterans Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) from Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital will continue its visits to Grundy County with the next being in Morris on Wednesday.

The MMU will be at the Senior Health Fair sponsored by state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris and state Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at White Oak Elementary School, 54 White Oak Drive in Morris. The Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission will also be at the fair, according to a news release.

In July, the Hines MMU is scheduled for two visits. On July 7, it will be at the Morris American Legion, 212 W. Washington St., and then on July 21 it will be at the Gardner American Legion, 426 Industry Ave. in Gardner. Both days it will be on site from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In August, the MMU will be in Morris and Minooka.

Veterans who wish to receive care from the Hines MMU need to be enrolled with the Veterans Health Administration or they can bring a copy of their DD Form 214 to validate eligibility and apply for services.

The MMU is the latest tool Hines VA Hospital is using to reach out to area veterans to enroll them in and provide them with top quality VA health care. Last summer, the hospital unveiled the 38-foot MMU that features two separate exam areas, a counseling room, on-the-spot enrollment and much more. 

“Our Veterans MMU provides us with an opportunity to engage veterans and to assist them with enrollment in VA Healthcare,” Joan Ricard, Hines hospital director, said in the release. “We are thrilled to be able to increase our presence in the community and bring our top-quality health care out to our veterans through the use of this vehicle.”

For information on services available for local veterans, contact the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission at 815-941-3152.

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