The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is reporting that nearly 40 percent of Veterans are refusing to get vaccinated for COVID-19. We report on how medical providers at the Veteran Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville are responding.
Many millions more U.S. veterans, including those not presently enrolled in VA health benefits, will be able to access no-cost COVID-19 vaccinations administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under the new Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse Act, or SAVE LIVES Act. Kelvin Parks, medical director of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, explains how the new law will work.
The Deborah Sampson Act is an omnibus bill signed into law Jan. 5, intended to remove barriers to and improve women veterans' medical care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers across the country. Roseanne Harris, RN, Women Veteran Program manager at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, details the expanding medical care.
A comprehensive family caregiver program for veterans will greatly expand over the next two years. Michael Stracener, LCSW, Ph.D, who manages the caregiver support program at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, provides details. VHCSO program participant and U.S. Army Veteran Jason Williams describes the need.
Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health is offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing to Arkansas veterans and their families, Saturday, June 27, from 7 to 11 a.m. The testing will take place in the parking garage at 1100 N. College Avenue.