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A Gathering for Veterans at the VA Clinic in Albert Lea

July 27, 2019 10:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- "We are hosting our Second Classic Car and Motorcycle Roll In Picnic for veterans and their families and we invited veterans to come out and hang out for the afternoon," said Danielle Elg, the Albert Lea VA Clinic manager and coordinator of the Veterans Picnic.

Veterans from all over the community spent their Saturday afternoon enjoying free food, classic cars, and memories of their service. Organizers say Saturday's event was possible because of strong support from the community.

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They also say the picnic is one way to bring veterans together in the area and show them how much they are appreciated.

"I'm sure glad it's here, but I just found out about it yesterday. But for minor things that go wrong we don't have to run to Rochester or Minneapolis or Des Moines or someplace else, " said JC Dawald, a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.

The picnic was held in front of the VA clinic in Albert Lea. The event helped veterans learn about the clinic's services. Some of which include primary care, mental health care, radiology and imaging, EKGs, pharmacy management,  and dietetics - right there in their community. Some of the veterans shared that having a clinic in Albert Lea has made seeing a doctor easier, "I used to drive to Rochester, and when this opened up it was just perfect because I'm three miles away," said Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag, who also served in the military.

According to the clinic's website, a veteran must be enrolled in the Minneapolis VA healthcare system to receive treatment at the Albert Lea clinic, and one of the additional services today provided assistance in signing up for services.

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Jaclyn Harold

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