Veterans drive-up resource fair available at Johnson VA Medical Center next week

South Central UP

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WJMN) — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will be hosting a drive- up resource fair on September 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the circle driveway at the main facility.

The resource fair will provide Veterans and their family members an opportunity to ask questions and receive information without leaving their vehicle or being required to have physical contact with a provider. Brad Nelson Chief of Public Affairs says the VA is currently still closed to visitors so a drive-through event is ideal.

“What we’re providing is the opportunity for veterans and their families to come ask questions about certain programs get resources, because it’s important even despite during this time of covid-19 precautions that we still provide the best healthcare we can to our veterans,” said Nelson.

There will be several program specialists there to give information on the following programs and more:

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Women’s Health
  • Whole Health
  • Caregiver Support
  • Traveling Veteran
  • Escanaba Vet Center
  • Peer Support
  • Intimate Partner Violence

The whole health program is relatively new according to Nelson.

“It’s the whole health of the veteran,” said Nelson. “It’s the spiritual, its the physical, it’s the mental and it’s things like exercise, tai chi, acupuncture, chiropractic, just doing healthcare assessments having our veterans take ownership so our whole health program is going to be a part of that.”

Drive-up flu shots will also be provided that day from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Masks are still required, and we do ask that anyone interested in attending the fair wear either a mask or face shield while interacting with staff.

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