CAPE MAY, New Jersey – The beginning of 2019 has been filled with VA engagement forums for the Veteran population of Cape May County. Wilmington VA Medical Center Director Vince Kane and VA staff members from southern New Jersey and Delaware attended these town halls to share information and listen to suggestions from the Veterans using VA health care in the area.
Plans are being finalized regarding the new community clinic slated for Cape May County. The new facility will offer more than 10,000 square feet of usable space that will greatly benefit the Veterans of Cape May. “The Coast Guard has been wonderful to us over the years, although we have now outgrown the facility,” Director Kane said. “We now have the opportunity to add VA services that had not been possible in the past due to the size of the existing facility.” Currently, no specific month or day has been set for the official opening, however, the clinic is expected to be completed by mid-2020.
Besides community meetings and clinic expansions, outreach efforts continue across, Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties. VA health care enrollments continue to steadily increase due to community engagement, education, advocacy, and integrity of services. During fiscal year 2018, the New Jersey and Delaware outreach team enrolled more than 420 Veterans in health care while attending more than 400 community events.
The outreach team places emphasis on the fact that VA health care is an “and both, not an either or” in relation to other health care options. The outreach team has heard from several Veterans that they have not taken advantage of their VA benefits because those former service members believe that, “they would be taking services from a fellow Veteran who needs it more.” That fact of the matter is by not utilizing VA benefits and services they may be keeping certain services from their fellow brothers and sisters in need. The outreach team encourages Veterans and family with questions to contact them by VHAWIMOutreachTeam@va.gov or by by way of 302-358-9736 or 302-304-5509.