The Veterans Affairs Rural Mobile Health Unit from the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg will make its first visit to the Davis & Elkins College campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The unit will be set up in the Madden Student Center parking lot and will offer services to students, staff, and faculty veterans, as well as veterans from Elkins and the surrounding communities.
The unit is supported by a team of health care professionals who can provide preventive health care screenings and offer information for mental health outreach, diabetes education and tobacco cessation. Veterans also can receive information on enrollment and benefits, family counseling and primary care. There is no cost involved to visit the unit and no appointment is necessary.
The idea to bring the mobile unit to the college came about after Matthew Dalrymple, Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom coordinator at the Louis A. Johnson VAMC, spoke at a meeting of the D&E Student Veterans Association. Ronald R. Sandreth Jr., operations manager at Louis A. Johnson VAMC, helped make arrangements for scheduling the unit's stop on campus.
"We have a very active group of student veterans who are members of the Student Veterans Association," said Debbie Larkin, associate registrar and veterans liaison officer at D&E. "With their help and that of Ron Sandreth, we were able to secure this unit."
Larkin said she hopes to arrange for the unit to return to the college once each semester.
More information is available at www.dewv.edu or 304-637-1243.