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Veterans Outreach events scheduled for Minooka, Coal City, Pontiac

Agent Orange, Gulf War syndrome and burn pits are among common terms used to describe possible exposure to environmental hazards while serving in the military.

The Veterans Health Administration has established several registries to help veterans learn more about the effects of possible exposure.

VHA’s health registry evaluation is a free, voluntary medical assessment for veterans who may have been exposed to certain environmental hazards, and can alert veterans to possible long-term health problems that might be related to exposure to specific environmental hazards during their military service.

The data from the registries helps VA understand and respond to these health problems more effectively.

Veterans might be eligible to participate in one or more health registries regarding Agent Orange, airborne hazards and open burn pit, the Gulf War (includes Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn), ionizing radiation, the Depleted Uranium Follow-Up Program and the Toxic Embedded Fragment Surveillance Center.

For information about VHA’s health registry evaluation and other health benefits and services available to eligible veterans, visit one of the outreach clinics during December:

• Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Minooka Village Hall, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 16 – Coal City American Legion, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Monday Dec. 23 – Pontiac VFW 531, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Flu shots currently are available during the clinics and at Hines Hospital and at community clinics.

The Outreach Team also can help veterans with eligibility, enrollment and minor health screenings and medication reconciliation.

To enroll, veterans are advised to bring their military discharge.

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