Local veterans look forward to mobile clinic

Local veterans looking forward to mobile clinic

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Though it may have been years ago most of the veterans at VFW 7321remember their time overseas like it was yesterday. Retired from the armed services they're still serving their country and communities.

Post 7321's newly elected officers took their installation vow Monday night. Most will tell you one of the biggest issues they are facing is healthcare as a permanent veteran's clinic in Lake Charles continues to see delays.

"There's been a lot of issues between Lafayette and Lake Charles we've been trying to get a new super clinic, particularly in Lake Charles," said Fred Wesley, Louisiana VFW State Commander.

To receive free medical services local veterans must travel to clinics in Jennings are Alexandria. Soon veterans will have access to basic services at a mobile unit.

"So rather than send them down to Alexandria for blood tests or urine tests, we would be able to get that type of service right here in Lake Charles," said Wesley. "And most of our vets have served and gave all so it's time to give back to them and provide these services because most of them are getting up in age and need help."

"We are sorry for the delays. We have things in place for now. They are going to start out next month over at Post 1 there is going to be a mobile unit. So then we will get a number where they can call... So that's a beginning," explained John Stills, Jr., VFW Post 7321.

Once the mobile clinic is opened primary care services will be available three days per week. The use of the mobile clinic is expected to begin in late May or early June.