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Hines Mobile Medical Unit to make regular visits to Morris

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

A Veterans Mobile Medical Unit from Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital will be at the Morris American Legion, 212 W. Washington St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Monday of each month starting Monday.

Veterans who wish to receive care through the MMU must bring a copy of their DD Form 214 or their VA medical ID card with them, according to a news release from the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission.

The hospital unveiled the 38-foot MMU vehicle this summer, which features two exam areas, a counseling room, on-the-spot enrollment and more.

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

Ken Buck from the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission said he is excited that the MMU will be in Morris monthly, as it will allow the enrollment of "veterans, provide them with additional information about VA health care services and hopefully provide some basic care services in Grundy County."

“We are also hoping that once this monthly visit gets more use we will be able to schedule additional visits to other communities in Grundy County," Buck said in the news release.

The Veterans MMU will also serve National Guard and Reserve personnel by engaging National Guard and Reserve units at their service headquarters shortly after they return home from duty.

For information, contact Buck at 815-941-3152.

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