174. VA Mobile Healthcare Clinics

“VA is committed to providing primary care and mental health care for veterans in rural areas,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. “Health care should be based upon the needs of patients, not their ability to travel to a clinic or medical center.”US Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Many veterans who live in rural America will benefit from the following intitative from The Veteran Administration Health Centers. In a response to the rising needs of our veterans who are returning from the Middle East, the problem of access to healthcare is being addressed. Research from VA studies revealed that 44 percent of service members today come from rural towns. For veterans who live in rural areas of the US health care services will be arriving to remote areas via outfitted mobile vans to provide primary care and mental health screening services.

As the economy has worsened this summer, local shelters and organizations that assist veterans have seen an increase in the number of veterans. While some veterans in larger cities are able to find shelter, many of our homeless vets choose to be homeless  away from the cities in the remote,rural areas of the US. No matter where our homeless vets  live, there are inherent dangers to living without shelter. Often barriers to VA health services prevent many from seeking treatment to routine illness & prevent adequate follow up for chronic health problems and mental illness.

Homeless people also have all the same health problems as people with homes, but at rates three to six times greater than housed people. Without a home, there is no place to recuperate from an illness or to treat an injury, and health problems tend to get far worse before they get better.National HealthCare For The Homeless Council


The mobile vans will be operational by 2009 and  are planned to serve:
— Colorado: Larimer, Jackson, Logan, and Weld counties;
— Maine: Franklin, Somerset and Piscataquis counties;
— Nebraska: Cheyenne, Kimball, and Scottsbluff counties;
— Washington state: Greys Harbor, Mason, and Lewis;
— West Virginia: Preston, Randolph, Upshur, Wetzel, Roane, and Taylor counties; and,
— Wyoming: Albany, Carbon, Goshen, and Platte counties.


Every person has the right to housing,food,clothing & healthcare. It’s good to see that the VA is attempting to bridge the need for healthcare for all veterans by establishing access to healthcare throughout rural areas of the US. This is a step in the right direction for support of our homeless veterans.


2 Responses to “174. VA Mobile Healthcare Clinics”

  1. 1 April
    September 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I am a registered nurse. I am willing to contribute to this service. please contact me via e-mail.

    April: Thanks for your willingness to support our veterans!AnAmerican

  2. September 10, 2009 at 7:49 am

    James A. Haley Veterans hospital in Tampa Florida is pleased to announce the release of our new Mobile Outreach Clinic, It will be in our community delivering flu shots, homeless assistance, and so much more.

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