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VA Sets Up Toll -Free Nationwide Number for Veterans, Families

September 2, 2005, 08:00:00 AM

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has set up a toll-free number for veterans who normally receive health care at VA facilities in New Orleans, Gulfport, Miss., and Biloxi, Miss.

The number can also be used by family members concerned about the location of veterans who were hospitalized at those facilities.  The Gulfport facility has been closed, and the New Orleans medical center has been evacuated.  The Biloxi facility is still operational.

The number is 1-800-507-4571.  It will be staffed continuously for the duration of the emergency.

By calling that number, people can find out about:

·        Receiving health care for veterans evacuated from the storm area;

·           Receiving prescription drugs for veterans in the stricken area;

·           Locating evacuated VA patients; and

·           Any other health care questions for veterans in the area affected by the storm.

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