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Health fair shows new VA services

April 19, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Veterans Affairs officials held a health fair here Friday to explain new medical services available to veterans and to offer free health screening.

A new primary care service started by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg will provide each veteran with a personal physician, nurse, pharmacist and dietician, said hospital spokeswoman Doris Griffin.

The fair was also designed for veterans whom the hospital has not heard from in the last three years. About 2,000 letters were mailed to the veterans encouraging them to return to the hospital for free medical screenings.

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The tests were offered for high blood pressure, glaucoma, and other symtoms, Griffin said. About 50 veterans had returned to the hospital as of mid-afternoon, Griffin said.

Griffin said veterans may have been lax on regular check-ups if they were feeling well and had no pressing reason to return to the hospital.

Griffin said a second health fair to offer screenings and explain the changes in patient services will be held in Cumberland, Md., April 25. The fair will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the VA Cumberland Outpatient Clinic, Griffin said.

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