VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network
Mobile Medical Units Hit NC for Hurricane Relief
VISN 6 has teamed with Veterans Health Administration facilities around the country to provide health care and humanitarian assistance to Veterans recovering from the severe weather damage caused recently by Hurricane Matthew. The effects of the hurricane continue to worsen in some areas, as water in flooded areas moves, exposing residents to further dangers and hazards.
In light of the situation, many residents find themselves homeless or remain without power. VA Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) have been established in two locations to provide medical, mental health, counseling and medication services to Veterans and those civilians in need of assistance. Both mobile units are being staffed by VA personnel from across the country who are working as one VA team.
In Laurinburg, N.C., Vet Center, pharmacy and canteen units are on site for the third straight day. Veterans needing assistance in the Hoke, Robeson and Scotland County region can find a VA Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) today from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Wal-Mart Supercenter Parking Lot, 901 US 401 in Laurinburg, N.C. The site was selected to best help Veterans who aren’t able to reach the Robeson County Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) due to impassable roads.
In Tarboro, N.C., VISN has established a second MMU site in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at 110 River Oaks Drive in Tarboro, N.C. from 8 am – 4:30 pm today, to provide medical, mental health, counseling and medication services to Veterans in Edgecomb, Martin, Wilson, Greene and Pitt counties. Vet Center, pharmacy and canteen units are on site there for the third straight day as well.
In addition, the Mobile Vet Center which was located in Wilson, N.C., in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot, will now move to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the Davita Dialysis Center, 2693 Forrest Hills Road, Wilson, N.C. The Vet Center offers mental health counseling on site.
VA social workers are also visiting shelters to locate Veterans and providing transportation services, whenever possible, to ensure Veterans are getting the care they need when they need it.
Note: The teams are offering assistance where it is needed most, which means that MMUs could move from one day to the next. Please continue to check our Facebook page to get the latest on VA Mobile Medical Unit availability throughout the state. For those with questions, please contact the Durham VAMC at 919-824-3769 or the Fayetteville VAMC at 919-488-2120, ext. 5991.