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      Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic helps veterans

      The Hancock Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic offers a variety of services available to those who serve our country.

      Many of the services include primary care, behavioral health, laboratory work, and blood pressure checks.

      We do teaching, diabetic teaching, and teaching regarding medications. So, basically, we offer what you would have in your local doctor TMs office," said Lead Nurse Paula Kallungi-Zulinski.

      The flu shot clinic is offered twice every fall, and medical officials say it's important for people who have health problems or a reduced resistance to infection to get vaccinated.

      We also do them on a walk-in basis if we have enough staff available, but we have scheduled flu shot clinics at least twice every fall so that veterans know they can just stop in and get seen on a first-come, first-serve basis, Kallungi-Zulinski said.

      The clinic also has a mental health staff that includes a social worker, a psychologist and psychiatrist for better veteran care.

      To prevent patients from having to travel, they offer tele-health done over the phone which connects the patient with the health care provider.

      Though the VA Hospital is located in Iron Mountain, a van is available for veterans to take if they need something the clinic cannot provide.

      I say the clinic is a benefit to all the vets in this area because otherwise the only alternative we have is to run all the way to Iron Mountain hospital, which is quite a hardship for a lot of vets, said veteran Anthony Stefan.

      It's clinics like these that help give veterans the services they need.