Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Holds Donation Drive For Local Veterans

NEW ORLEANS – Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) is holding a donation drive to collect needed items for some of our most vulnerable citizens – homeless veterans.

         Donations of canned goods, toiletries and new undergarments for men and women will be accepted at the new veterans medical center Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 3 – 19, at 2400 Canal St., from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

         For quick drop-off, a drive thru is set up on the Rocheblave side of the campus, just past the Urgent Care parking lot, for donors to quickly drive through and drop off their donations.

         Any donors wishing to make donations outside of the drive thru donation hours can make arrangements by calling the SLVHCS voluntary service at (504) 507-2033.

         Donations will be dispersed to homeless veterans at the annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at the new veterans medical center, where SLVHCS, along with an array of community partners and volunteers, will come together to provide food, clothing, employment and health resources to homeless veterans throughout the region.

         SLVHCS is also hosting a drive thru flu shot clinic this week at the new veterans medical center at the Galvez Street entrance.

         The drive thru will take place this Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., as well as Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

         “We want to make it very convenient for busy veterans to receive their flu shots this year,” said SLVHCS director Fernando O. Rivera, FACHE. “These drive thru clinics offer a quick and easy way to stay healthy this flu season, with no appointment necessary.”

         Veterans must have a valid VA ID card to use this free service.

         Click here for more information about the new veterans medical center, clinic locations and other services available to veterans in southeast Louisiana.


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