Veterans get medical care

Beth Rumsey

Staff Writer

Ripley County veterans received an opportunity to improve their health care when the VA Mobile Health Unit, sponsored by the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, visited the Versailles American Legion on Saturday, March 27.

Veterans who did not know they were eligible for VA health care or were ineligible in the past were assisted by six VA staff members as well as Ripley County Veterans Services Officer Ken Hylton with benefit eligibility and enrollment.

According to Hylton, 30 veterans visited the van with 21 veterans enrolled on the spot. Those who were enrolled also received a brief health screening and provided a referral to one of the seven area VA health care facilities.

The Mobile Health Unit program was established in 2009 as a way to inform veterans of the changes in eligibility.

The Cincinnati VA Medical Center serves 17 counties in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Locally, there is a community based outpatient clinic in Greendale.

For more information on veteran services or eligibility for the health services, contact the Ripley County Veterans Services office at 812-689-7165 Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m.