Veterans Experience Expo

A brand new event at the Biloxi VA Medical Center helped veterans from across the Armed Forces learn more about healthcare options and resources available to them.

It can be tricky to navigate the world of healthcare, but the VA Medical Center in Biloxi is looking to make it easier for veterans to understand their options.

The first-ever Veterans Experience Expo spanned two floors of building 30 and featured booths and stations on a wide range of health topics related to the VA operations and general health. Associate Director of Patient Care Dr. Christopher Saslo said, “There’s things that veterans can identify or learn about when it comes to the safety that they provide, the community opportunities that we share, some of our partners that help to engage the veteran experience from the time they hit the door, throughout the time they finish in the community as well.”

From free flu shots to face to face conversations with healthcare workers and veterans organizations, veterans like Retired Navy Chief Gretchen Breland says they’ll take what they learned and pass it on to other veterans as well. “Other veterans that I come into contact with or I know that need assistance, I’ll be able to say hey the VA’s got that program.”

VA officials hope the event and the feedback they received helps them improve their care moving forward. “Our three priorities are quality, veteran experience, and access, and these are just several of the ways we’re trying to improve that understanding.”

Topics like surgical options and fall preventions were discussed at length and veterans were able to gain healthcare peace of mind in a welcoming environment. Army Veteran Marcus Stubbs said, “Friendly gestures, caring attitudes, and I’ve seen genuine concern for veterans here today from each one of the individuals at every display.”

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