Ryncavage unveils expanded services for area veterans

February 9—PLYMOUTH — Rep. Alec Ryncavage said Friday that this is a priority that our veterans are aware of and can access the many programs and services available to them.

Ryncavage, R-Plymouth, said a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mobile veterinary center that provides free outreach and counseling services to veterans and their families will make the first of several planned monthly visits to the borough of Plymouth on Tuesday February 13.

“By adding this MVC, veterans now have the opportunity to meet with a counselor,” Ryncavage said. “We have veterans in our community who need someone to listen to them in their most vulnerable moments and this program will do just that.”

The Mobile Vet Center (MVC), as a component of the Scranton Vet Center, will make mental health and a variety of other services more accessible to veterans and their families. It will be parked in a municipal parking lot on Route 11 and Main Street in Plymouth from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, weather permitting.

The 45-foot MVC will remain on site until all veterans who visit each day are served.

Ryncavage said the vehicle provides another level of support to veterans and aims to help them become aware of available resources.

Its Nanticoke office currently offers a monthly Veterans Assistance Day that helps veterans with issues ranging from disability rights and medals to benefits and health care. He said the vehicle adds a mental health element.

Veterans who need individual counseling should call 570-344-2676 and make an appointment. Appointments are not necessary for the Mobile Veterans Center.

The MVC has two private boardrooms; satellite communication and Internet connectivity with VA medical centers; videoconferencing and telehealth capabilities; three flat-screen televisions for training and instructional videos; as well as a wheelchair lift and disabled access.

The MVC is one of many services Ryncavage said he has provided…

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