Veterans health team coming to events in Whiteville

WHITEVILLE – Columbus and surrounding counties veterans get two chances this month to enroll in the VA health care system and receive health information about various services available to them when representatives of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center Rural Health Outreach team visit Whiteville pn Friday, Aug. 21 and Wednesday, Aug. 26.

During Friday’s visit, the medical center’s rural health team will set up at the Veterans Benefits Fair being held at Brunswick-Waccamaw Missionary Baptist Association, 600 Pine Log Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, the team will conduct a health information fair in the Vietnam Veterans of America Building, 1028 S. Madison St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will also feature participation from area veterans service organizations such as the American Legion, VFW and DAV.

The rural health team can provide information on diabetes management, controlling hypertension and cholesterol levels, women’s health care, mental health services and other specialized programs available to veterans. Additionally, an eligibility and enrollment specialist will be on-hand to accept veterans’ enrollments on site.

Anyone who served in the U.S. military is invited to attend the events. Veterans are highly encouraged to bring a copy of their DD Form 214 (discharge paperwork) and last year’s financial information to expedite enrollment in the system.

For information about the Brunswick-Waccamaw Missionary Baptist Association Veterans Benefits Fair, contact Ann Garrett at 910-862-3255 (office) or email her at

For information about the Vietnam Veterans of America Building event, contact Michael Creen at 843-214-0315.

For information about the Fayetteville VAMC Rural Health Team, contact Michael Shaw at 910-488-2120, Ext. 7098, or Melvin Peterson at 910-308-1183.