Hurricane Katrina brought a lot of heartaches to a lot of people, but to the military veterans who live on the North Shore the hurricane was a godsend.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, veterans living on the North Shore had to travel to New Orleans or Baton Rouge to receive free medical services from the Veterans Administration hospitals and medical clinics.
It has been the goal of the VA to set up satellite clinics so that no veteran had to travel any longer than 30 minutes for medical care, VA Public Affairs Officer Eileen Angelico said. Hammond had been identified as a site for a satellite clinic to open in 2009, but Katrina changed all that.
“The VA looked at the sites that had already been identified and expedited the plan,” she said.
Today the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System is running the $2 million Hammond Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic on South Morrison Boulevard.