Today, VA is adding more vehicles to its fleet of 50 Mobile Vet Centers. Dr. Robert Petzel, VA’s Under Secretary for Health, is overseeing the deployment of an additional 20 MVCs from Farber Specialty Vehicles in Columbus, Ohio. The new vehicles will help continue to expand access to VA health care in rural areas.
If you’re not familiar, the idea behind Mobile Vet Centers (MVC) is to reach the ever-growing number of rural Veterans across the country. There are over 7.8 million Vets who live miles away from their nearest VA Vet Center but with the help of Mobile Vet Centers, services are practically being brought to the Veteran’s doorstep.
The vehicles—closely resembling the RVs we see touring the country during the summer months—provide Vets with vital, on-the-spot treatment and resources. Vets can receive counseling for post-traumatic stress and military sexual trauma, marriage and family counseling, and information on VA benefits information. The main factor is that MVCs are cutting down travel time and expenses for Veterans. Instead of driving two hours for an appointment, Vets now have the opportunity to meet with someone in their hometown.
While Veterans from the current conflicts begin to redeploy and settle in rural parts of the country, VA is taking to the road to make sure they receive proper health care.