Women veterans health fair

PLATTSBURGH - The women who have served this country have not been forgotten and an event planned for this weekend aims to serve as evidence.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 125, 116 Boynton Ave., will host its first Military Women's Health and Wellness Fair this Saturday, Nov, 14, from 1-4 p.m.

Steve Bowman, director of the Clinton County Veterans Service Agency, said women veterans are among some of the "most underserved" veterans today.

"We know we have 183 women veterans in the tri-county area, which includes Franklin and Essex counties," said Bowman. "We're going to try to reach out to them to let them know what's available to them."

"This will be the first time anything like this has been offered in the North Country," Bowman added.

The fair will include an overview of women's Veterans Administration health benefits, combat veteran eligibility, coverage for pregnant veterans and behavioral health services. Staff from the Albany VA Medical Center and Plattsburgh VA Clinic, as well as county and state veterans representatives, will be on-hand to answer questions regarding veterans benefits. Resource tables will be available with several topics of interest for military women.

A question and answer period will follow presentations.

Women who have served at any time in any branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves, noted Bowman, are invited to attend.

Pre-registration for the health fair is not required, but those interested in attending are encouraged to contact the Veterans Service Agency in advance to ensure adequate refreshments are available. The agency may be reached at 565-4720.

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