Veterans presented with health care options

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

A Veterans&8217; Benefits Seminar and Health Fair was held yesterday at the Demopolis Civic Center for veterans and their families.

The Marengo Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5377, the Marengo County Disabled Veterans Chapter 31 and the American Legion Post 31 planned the event. Tables were setup by various representatives from the region with benefits and services available to help veterans and their families.

The event ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and featured representatives from the three organizations that planned the event as well as from the Veterans&8217; Service Office from the Alabama State Headquarters of the VFW, Headquarters of the State Military Department, Social Security, Birmingham Veterans Center, DAV and American Legion, Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Marengo County State Veterans Service Office, Alabama National Guard, Tricare Insurance, the Black Belt Red Cross, Comfort Care Hospice, Amedisys Home Health of Demopolis, Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Alabama Southern and the offices of U.S. Rep. Artur Davis.

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The Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital presented several tables for the veterans and their families to peruse.

The hospital provided booths that checked the blood pressure of those in attendance and information the on hospital and subjects like their sleep lab, geriatrics and behavioral issues. The behavioral table presented by the hospital dealt largely with psychological treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Not all vendors dealt with health issues, and the American Red Cross was present to provide the attendees with information on the organization and how to get involved.

Veterans and there families had to sign in at the door before they could enter the event.