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Friday, March 20, 2020

Fort Thomas VA Moves Veterans Out of Facilities in Preparation for Possible Coronavirus Patients

By Jessie Eden

According to multiple reports,  the Fort Thomas VA is making room for its inpatient program due to preparations related to the coronavirus, which may displace current residents of the facility.

Normally, the Cincinnati VA Medical Center in Fort Thomas specializes in Mental Health Services and treating chronic substance abuse. The facility also has residential PTSD programs that include two intensive seven-week-long programs Veterans and an intensive eight-week-long program for Veterans with both PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

"The VA was somewhere I knew I could get myself back together at," said Navy Veteran Timothy Bevis in an interview with Local 12. Bevis had been at the facility for a month. "They help you find housing. They help you with your finances. They help you make a budget out. They're just very helpful and it's been a very good program."

But - now Bevis is being told to leave the VA.

In Local 12's interview, Cincinnati VA Chief Communications Officer Todd Sledge stated that the vets are being asked to leave to make room for the possible influx of coronavirus patients we may see in the next few weeks.

Although there are other clinics in Bellevue, Clermont County, Dearborn County, Florence, Georgetown, Hamilton and Norwood, none of these facilities are listed on the government's website as 24/7 care facilities like the Fort Thomas VA is.

Sledge also stated that the VA is working with vets to arrange alternative housing and resources for them and the vets will be given an iPad before leaving so they can continue their counseling remotely.

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