HONOLULU – March 18, 2014 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Readjustment Counseling Services strive to improve Veteran-Centered Care, which includes addressing the needs of the individual. The Mobile Vet Centers (MVCs) help the VA reach out to our Veterans and travel to them.
The Mobile Vet Center version used in Hawaii is a smaller (28’) version of the ones currently used on the mainland; making it more compatible with our island communities. The MVC has been operating on Oahu nearly two years.
Thanks to the generosity and community service initiative of Young Brothers, Ltd, in collaboration with Army OneSource Hawaii Behavioral Health Alliance, the MVC will be transported to Maui to provide the same services to eligible Veterans, service members and their families residing on “The Valley Isle.” The MVC will head out to Maui on March 19 and stop at designated areas on Maui from March 22 – 31.
All events listed on the flyer are open to Active Duty, Reserve/Guard personnel, Veterans of all eras, family members and community members who are interested in free and confidential readjustment counseling services and/or information and assistance from VA Vet Centers. Additional information about other services and benefits available will also be provided.
The MVC offers an opportunity to reach outlying communities on Oahu on a regular basis in addition to participating in other community, military, and Veteran events/activities. They have also been used for health screenings or immunization campaigns at other locations. This provides another avenue to share the programs and benefits Veterans are entitled to, which they have earned by their military service. It enhances awareness of the VA’s presence of support on the island.
Mayor Alan Arakawa will be at the Outreach Event on Saturday, March 22 from 9am-10am to participate in and bring awareness to the effort. He will help distribute hygiene kits donated and assembled by Vietnam Veterans on Oahu for their fellow Veterans. Mayor Arakawa proudly shared that he comes from a long line of Veterans from WWII to present and Veteran issues have been a family affair and at the forefront his entire life.
“This Mobile Vet Center is an important tool for community outreach for our veterans,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Many come back from serving their country only to find they have problems readjusting to civilian life. We must extend every resource to try and help them if we can; the community owes them that much at the very least.”
The mobile center is scheduled to visit Maui on the following dates and at the following locations:
– March 22, at the Kahului Swap Meet, Puunene Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
– March 23 at the Maui Intersection Church Service, Kalama Park, from 2 to 4 p.m.
– March 26, Lahaina Craft Fair at Lahaina Gateway, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (tentative)
– March 27, Student Veteran Outreach at UH Maui College, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– March 28, Veteran Outreach at Camp Olowalu, from noon to 4 p.m.
– March 29, Women Veteran Stand Down at the Army National Guard at 2701 Mokulele Highway, from 10 a.m. to noon
– March 31, J. Walter Cameron Center Outreach, 95 Mahalani Street, from 8 a.m. to noon
For more information on times and locations for the MVC, call the Maui Vet Center at 242-8557. For more information about VA Mobile Vet Centers, please visit:
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The Department of Veterans Affairs serves more than 22 million Veterans nationwide. More information on VA services can be found at www.va.gov or by calling 1-800-827-1000.