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Veterans to receive care through outreach event at Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center

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POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

Veterans Day is not the only day former servicemen and women will be recognized this week.

The John J. Pershing Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Poplar Bluff is holding an event this weekend to care for those in need.

The first ever "National Access Stand Down" is a nationwide event that plans to tackle the health issues of their patients.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, health professionals will be reaching out to veterans they believe may need care immediately.

"We review our patients regularly, to ensure we are addressing the important care issues," said V.A. representative Angela Smith. "However, as part of a national effort to address access during this Veterans Day week, we will be participating in the National Access Stand Down."

Currently, hospital staff and senior nurses are evaluating each open patient's file at the hospital and looking to see which patients urgently need to see a doctor or receive services.

The patients who are identified in the evaluation will be called, or contacted directly through another avenue.

"We will have a team of clinical leaders, administrators and volunteers on site to reach out to all veterans identified as having the most important and acute needs, making sure we are meeting those needs promptly," Smith said.

However, services will be available to all veterans who need it through a drop-in nursing clinic at the hospital from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that day.

The services are not limited to current patients, and new veterans to the hospital can be seen through the clinic as well.

Several veterans are expected to be seen on Saturday, but Smith says their team is prepared to meet the needs of any person who has served in the armed forces.

The event is not just about tying up loose ends, but also to make sure no veteran in their system is in need of serious help.

"Not every type of clinic appointment has the same urgency, or the same medical risk to the patient if the patient is not seen immediately" Smith noted, "We are focused on addressing the highest priority needs first."

The services will not only be for physical health, but mental health as well.

Professionals will be on hand to help those going through P.T.S.D. or needing any psychological attention.

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