FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2018
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Town Supervisor & Elected Officials Urge Federal Reps to Fund Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Town Board Members and Town officials are requesting funding from federal representatives for a Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to be established in the Town of North Hempstead. According to a letter signed by all North Hempstead elected officials, the need for a CBOC comes as the population of veterans grow older and they are not able to make the long drive to the Northport VA or to a clinic based in Valley Stream for medical treatment.
This letter is the beginning of an advocacy campaign launched by the Town of North Hempstead’s Veterans Advisory Committee (VAC). This letter is the formal request and will be followed by multiple avenues of support throughout the year. The Town of North Hempstead is an ideal place for a CBOC because of the veteran population and the services that can be provided by the Town of North Hempstead through Project Independence, including the veteran social worker and the ability to provide transportation for medical visits for the senior population.
Supervisor Bosworth stated that “A CBOC would assist in the support system that many of these veterans have established near their homes and friends, family and caretakers would breathe a sigh of relief to know that a clinic is open nearby to care for their loved one. In addition, the Town of North Hempstead has three excellent hospitals that would be ideal partners for the CBOC.”
Kathy Garneau, a member of the Town’s Veterans Advisory Committee, said “Installing a CBOC within the Town of North Hempstead will enable more veterans, regardless of age, to utilize health care services they have earned in service to this Country. This in turn will alleviate the stress of travelling to either East Meadow or Valley Stream in order to receive necessary care. The Town of North Hempstead prides itself on honoring its veteran population, it is time it be granted the opportunity continue this long held tradition by approving funding for a CBOC.”