To increase veteran and family awareness of the Veterans Affairs’ increasing use of telehealth services, a Telehealth Fair and open house is planned for 6 to 7 p.m. March 12 the Brainerd VA Clinic. The clinic is located at 722 NW Seventh St. in Brainerd.
Telehealth uses virtual care methods and systems to assist veterans in staying healthy, and enhances veteran access to care by adding a system of care without walls.
“Telehealth is especially important for veterans who live in rural and semi-rural areas,” said Joann Houge, telehealth coordinator for the St. Cloud VA. “Virtual care allows the veteran to participate in health care directly from their home, and avoid a trip to the clinic.”
The event is free and open to all veterans and their families, said Brainerd VA Clinic Coordinator Nicole Finnegan.
During the event, veterans may meet clinic staff and tour the facility, participate in a Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) session, participate in health and hearing screenings, and apply for enrollment in VA health care.
The Mobile Audiology Clinic will also be present to conduct hearing screenings for Veterans concerned about hearing loss.
Hearing loss and ringing in the ears are the two highest claimed conditions for service connected disability, and many Veterans do not seek treatment for these conditions.
All veterans are encouraged to apply for VA health care benefits. To apply, attend the open house, call the St. Cloud VA Eligibility Office at 320-255-6340, or apply online at www.1010ez.med.va.gov.
Veterans with hearing loss or other injuries or illnesses resulting from military service should file a disability claim with the VA.
Information on filing disability claims and applying for VA health care benefits is available in every Minnesota county through the County Veteran Service Office. In Crow Wing County, interested persons may contact Veteran Service Officer Bob Nelson at 218-824-1058.