Second veterans’ event a success

CareSouth Carolina and the CareFIRST Carolina Foundation hosted the second annual Stand Up for Veterans clinic event Nov. 16. The event was held at the CareSouth Carolina (CSC) Hartsville clinic with CSC health care staff on hand to provide medical and dental services at no cost to participating veterans.

“It is an event we felt was needed in our community to show our support in a meaningful way for the veterans in our area,” said Karen Currin, treasurer of the CareFIRST Carolina Foundation.

The event was open to all honorably discharged veterans and offered medical screenings, as well as comprehensive dental services to those in attendance. VA and National Guard information counselors, as well as other vendors, were there to assist the veterans who needed services or were in crisis.

“It takes a lot of planning as well as community and business support to be able to offer these services and we are proud to have had so many wonderful partners in this year’s event,” Mark Sobiski, director of the CareFIRST Carolina Foundation, said.

The event brought together many community organizations including: Hartsville United Way, Sandhill Telephone Cooperative, PCI Construction, Carolina Bank, Humana, LIFELINE Medical, Carolina Fitness Equipment, CareFIRST Carolina Foundation and many local donors.

The goal each year is to schedule up to 200 medical and dental visits for local veterans who have trouble receiving the care they need at no cost.

Services to be provided include ear and eye exams, blood sugar testing, oxygen level testing, blood pressure reading and hemoglobin (HA1C) screening with other services available as needed. Dental services will evaluate pain and need level with same day treatment available.

“This event was a way to give back to the veteran community in our region, we are proud to have been able to assist them,” Sobiski said.

Author: Rachel Howell

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