VA Clinic Receives Motorized Scooter

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VA Clinic Receives Motorized Scooter

July 16, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2010 at 1:08 PM CDT

The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc., or PCCEO, Veterans' Benefit Program presented the Peoria Bob Michel VA Outpatient Clinic with a motorized scooter, for use of patients visiting the clinic.

The presentation took place at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the VA Clinic located at 411 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Peoria.

Through discussions with Hal Fritz, Voluntary/Transportation Service at the clinic, needs were assessed and it was determined how PCCEO could best assist the clinic.

Transportation conveyances were not available or authorized through the VA equipment system.

The donation of the scooter will assist some of the over 12,000 Service Veterans who visit the Bob Michel VA Clinic annually, many of whom are disabled, have limited mobility due to service related injuries, or who are part of the aging patient population who require mobility assistance.

The PCCEO Veterans' Benefit Program also donated 200 personal hygiene kits consisting of small hygiene products such as shaving cream, disposable razors, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc., in an effort to aid in the comfort of veterans traveling from Peoria through the Danville VA Medical Center on to the Indianapolis Medical Center.

Funding for this project was made possible with an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.