Weekend healthcare event to focus on veterans

Volunteers still needed for Friday and Saturday

The Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System will be hosting an event in Juneau to help provide healthcare and other services to the veterans of Southeast Alaska.

The event, called “Southeast Alaska Stand Down Outreach,” will be held at Centennial Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. It will continue Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided both days.

Public Affairs Officer Marcia Hoffman-DeVoe says the purpose of the event is to help local veterans learn which VA benefits they are eligible for, as well as other community services that are available to them.

Hoffman-DeVoe said 13 VA and local service agencies will be in attendance, including the Division of Public Assistance, the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Front Street Clinic, Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc., Alaska Brain Injury Network and Southeast Senior Services. The VA will have staff available to talk about healthcare enrollment, disability benefits, wellness and disease prevention and women veterans programs.

Southeast Alaska Stand Down Outreach has been held in Anchorage for the past 20 years, but this marks the first time it has come to Juneau. Hoffman-DeVoe said that’s for a couple of reasons, one of which is that the Alaska VA and Alaska Tribal Health Programs (ATHP) recently signed a sharing and reimbursement agreement that will allow ATHP to directly bill the VA for medical care provided to veterans.

Veterans will be able to determine their eligibility for services, and the event also benefits ATHP, which may be able to gain additional federal dollars to benefit all beneficiaries using ATHP.

There are 77,000 veterans in Alaska, which Hoffman-DeVoe said is the highest number per capital in the nation.

Volunteers are still needed for both Friday and Saturday. To volunteer, call the VA Rural Health Coordinator at 907-602-9610 or VA Public Affairs at 907-301-4160. 

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