Veterans Corner: VA clinic in Port Angeles provides many services

The Korean War Veterans provide newborn baby clothes to the enlisted families at Joint Base Lewis- McChord. These newborn items are purchased in Port Angeles at the Baby Store and delivered to the base hospital for use.

If you would like to donate new items or money for items, contact Jerry at eletteor@msn.com. Many thanks to the Baby Store for supporting this effort.

I went with Jerry last month and had fun picking out four outfits — two for boys, two for girls.

Use the clinic

The North Olympic Peninsula Outpatient Clinic, part of the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, is at 1114 Georgiana St., Port Angeles. It is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for primary medical care and mental health services. The lab is open 8-11:30 a.m. Veterans Health and Identification Cards (VHIC) photos can be taken on Fridays from 2-4 p.m.

VHIC is used to prove a veteran’s identity and enrollment in VHA. There was a long, hard struggle to get this clinic. For it to stay open, it needs to be used. Please call 565-7420 for appointments or with questions.

They have information on many VA services. You can be assigned there; if you now use another VA clinic, just ask.

Along with the clinic info there has been a new procedure authorized for those vets with “Other than Honorable” discharges. If you present to the VA with urgent mental health conditions or complaints, you will be provided urgent medical services at VA facilities, including the one in Port Angeles. Please use these resources to get help.

Orphans network

The American WWII Orphans Network, www.awon.org, is dedicated to their fathers and the service of their families.

Some of the things the humanitarian, nonprofit, non-political public service organization does: help connect the orphans to sources of information about their fathers; hold local, regional and national gatherings and conferences; publish a quarterly newsletter of research information, resources, hints, tips and success stories; provide and maintain the website; maintain a database on orphans of those lost in World War II.

This is a 501(c)3 organization with various levels of membership.

A local woman, Joan, would like to connect with orphans in the Sequim area. Please contact her at bealiterate@wavecable.com. She is a member and can answer questions and provide more information.

DAR meeting set

The Michael Trebert Chapter of the DAR is holding its next meeting at 10:30 a.m. April 19 at the Veterans Center, 216 S. Francis St., Port Angeles.

Sheri Tinker will be the speaker and talk about housing for veterans and their families in Clallam County — The Outpost, Sarge’s Place and Camp Sol Duc.

Please contact Regent Janis with questions about membership or the program at jflanagan1034@comcast.net.

Contributors: DAR, Janis Flanagan, jflanagan1034@comcast.net; American Legion, Carl Bradshaw, thbkdragon@yahoo.com; MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist, cdrlgilchrist@gmail.com; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht, marana@tfon.com; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela, eletteor@msn.com; Fleet Reserve Association, Marty Arnold, martinarnold2001@yahoo.com.

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