Central Florida Veterans Still Awaiting Better Services from VA
With nearly 65,000 veterans in the Flagler and Volusia counties of Central Florida, resources are becoming overburdened with little relief in sight.
The main 2 VA clinics, Daytona Beach and Orange City, handled roughly 180,000 outpatient visits during 2011, and have seen a 13% and 205% increase in demand respectively over the past 4 years. Veterans in these counties are faced with 2 choices: wait for treatment at these overburdened facilities or make the long trip to another Central Florida VA clinic in Gainesville or Orlando.
The closure of a hospital in Ormond Beach in 2009 became a glimmer of hope as Ormond Beach officials and veterans advocates petitioned to have the facility renovated as a VA hospital. Unfortunately, VA officials deemed it unsuitable and the building remained vacant.
Meanwhile, a new VA hospital in Orlando remains under construction after several delays have pushed back the opening date to December 2013. While the new facility will provide more services and resources, it’s still a distance for veterans in the northern counties to travel.
Even with the shortcomings of the VA hospital systems, they still offer some of the best health solutions to veterans facing disabling conditions. Specialized programs for amputees and mental health support address the unique needs of injured soldiers and disabled veterans.
When a disabled veteran is seeking access to better health care and resources, they should consider filing a veteran’s disability claim to seek the benefits and support they deserve.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.