Vets urged to sign up for benefits


Representatives of two Veterans organizations addressed the Wayne County Commissioners Tuesday to give an update on the progress of a proposed Veteran’s medical clinic in the Honesdale area.


Representatives of two Veterans organizations addressed the Wayne County Commissioners Tuesday to give an update on the progress of a proposed Veteran’s medical clinic in the Honesdale area.
The director of the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre has made formal application for funding with the House Appropriations Committee, for contracted medical services in the Honesdale area, for Wayne County veterans.
“A satellite clinic providing routine medical work is a step in the right direction in treating Veterans,” Cmr.. Buck said. He stressed the importance of getting eligible Veterans registered and treated as a priority for all Veteran organizations, including the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corp League and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
According to Cmr. Kasper, there are 5,000 Veterans in the Northeast Pennsylvania region, but only 1,200 -1,400 are registered for medical care with the Veteran’s Administration. “Even if the Veterans are not getting services, get your name on the register,” Cmr. Bruck said. “It’s almost like the census. If they don’t know where you are, you can’t be counted,” he said.
“If they don’t think there are that many Veterans in the area, how are they going to know,” said Commissioner Anthony Herzog. “We need to encourage every Veteran to sign, even if they do not need the services,” he said.
Win-win situation
Cmr. Bruck said a satellite clinic in the area which handles simple things like blood tests and x-rays would be a relief for many of the Veterans and the organizations which help with transportation.
“We feel this is a proactive move by the VA Hospital Care system and is win-win for many,” stated Cmr. Bruck. “It is a win for the Veterans because it has identified a need. It will be a win for Wayne County Transportation because it will cut down on trips to Wilkes Barre, especially the wear and tear on vehicles and gas consumption. It will be a win for VA Wilkes Barre because they will not have to subsidize Veterans mileage for their trip to Wilkes Barre from their place of origin,” stated Cmr. Bruck. 
Veterans can register online (www.va.gov) or the Veteran’s Affairs Office on the second floor at 323 10th Street in Honesdale, Pa., Veterans can also call  Wayne County VA Director Tom McDonnell at (570)253-4262, ex. 3114. Veterans also can sign up from Noon-8 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the VFW Post 531, located at 731 Main Street.