12 Sep '18, 8pm

VA Evacuates Hundreds of Patients, Closes Hospitals as It Braces for Hurricane

The Department of Veterans Affairs is evacuating hundreds of sick and disabled veterans from medical centers in the path of Hurricane Florence and readying mobile units to reach stranded veterans. The department on Wednesday was also closing clinics in mandatory evacuation zones along the southeast coast and working on ways to get disability checks to veterans, should mail service be disrupted in what is expected to be widespread flooding. Five VA hospitals and 18 community-based outpatient clinics have already closed or will be closed in the southeast coastal regions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, the VA said in updates on its storm response. About 1.5 million veterans, including more than 741,000 enrolled in VA health care, and more than 28,600 VA employees live in the affected areas, it said. Related content: These Military Bases Are Evacuating Now as H...

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