Wellness fair held at VA Clinic

by WES MAYER

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Atlanta VA Medical Center's Gamaliel Walker, third from left, poses with members of the Terry Allen Jr. American Veterans Post 910, 'The Buffalo Soldiers.' From left are Adjutant Charlie H. Smith, 2nd Vice Commander Geral Brown, Walker, and 1st Vice Commander Charles Weldon.

The Newnan Veterans Affairs Clinic hosted its first Community Wellness and Resource Fair on Friday.

“We are giving all veterans the opportunity to get the information they need,” said the clinic’s licensed social worker, Youilite Matthews. “We are hoping to bring them all together under one roof.”

Veterans and caregivers were welcome to visit any of the informational tents set up around the clinic’s parking lot on Oak Hill Court, located off Highway 34 East. Veterans could gain information about the programs of the Newnan VA Clinic, and learn about other organizations that administer programs such as caregiver support, women’s wellness, homeowners’ resources and even suicide prevention. The Georgia Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration and the VA’s personal health record website, My HealtheVet, also had representatives present with information and resources. 

“We are looking for max participation from the organizations that veterans use the most,” Matthews said.

Veteran groups like The Buffalo Soldiers and the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered as well, and the DAR donated money to buy gift baskets veterans could win through raffles. There was also an abundant amount of snacks, drinks and homemade cookies.

The Newnan VA Clinic opened in 2009 as Coweta County’s primary care center for all veterans. Its medical staff includes five health providers, three mental health providers, a dietician and a clinical social worker. The clinic also has its own lab and can perform X-ray radiation tests on site. 

The VA is wanting to make its wellness and resource fair an annual event and have it continue to grow with more supporters and organizations. According to Matthews, there are more than 4,500 registered veterans in Coweta County, and the Newnan VA Clinic hopes that more of these veterans will learn about the clinic through events such as this fair.




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