RUSSELL, Kansas – Bob Dole returned home to Russell, Kansas today and brought with him something to help rural veterans, a new mobile VA unit.
“I think it’s real nice we, definitely need it in our area and i’m sure it’s going to be appreciated and used,” said Richard Newton, a Russell Resident.
The bus will be providing care to veterans in over fifty counties in Kansas. It will be used to train health care professionals and educate veterans about their benefits.
Medical care won’t be available in the unit, instead it will travel to veterans, explaining service options including where and how to get help.
“This is designed to help with some of that training for our providers in the rural areas,” said VA Rural Health Program Manager Laurie Pfeiffer.
While many stood in line to meet Dole, they also celebrated the kind of care now coming to rural Kansas.
“An honor to have Bob here it’s also a fantastic thing for this van to be dedicated for veterans service, any time you can bring it closer to the veteran you’re certainly going to make it easier for them to access those benefits,” said VFW Post Commander Lee Keffer.
The VA mobile unit is currently working on outreach and education for veterans and their health care providers starting today.