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Hallie Williams-Bey

Hallie Williams-Bey, Northeast Florida Veterans Council, Jacksonville, FL, Chairman

 

BUILDING THE CRITICAL HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE FOR VETERANS IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

A 6-year Prostrate Cancer Survivor…

I was first told that I had Prostrate Cancer by a private physician in 2000.  I began to talk to other Veterans and it was suggested to have the VA check results also.  I visited the local clinic where I established my record and was later informed that I had a 2-year wait for a Lake City appointment.

During this waiting period I used my private physician and started hormone & radiation treatments and seed implantation. I submitted all documents to the VA and was awarded 100% for 18 months.  When I finally went to the Lake City VA Hospital, there was no Cancer and, at the end of 18 months, Disability was reduced to 10% and still is now.  I visit the local clinic two to four times a year since then and up to the current year.  The area is small and most times congested.  I have also been to the other clinic sites for medical services.  The parking becomes a real problem and some facilities don’t even have public transportation available.

There is a Shands Hospice facility across the street from the current VA Clinic. Is it possible this could be used as a VA Clinic to house all services and the empty lot to be used to develop a new Hospice Center???

I was at the VA Clinic April 13, 2009 for lab work from 8 to 11 AM. I did a personal survey with many Veterans present. We need a new Clinic that is centrally located for public transportation and the Handicap parking should be increased with more parking spaces and please seriously consider hiring more Veterans than Civilians.

Currently serving as Chairman of the Northeast Florida Veterans Council, representing 33 paid groups, but over 100+ local groups who participate in Memorial Day, Veterans Day Observance and other Military events; I am also a member of the following organizations:

American Legion Post 197 – Past Post Commander (life member) –
     also 40&8 Passe Chef de Gare (chartered and life member)
|Veterans of Foreign Wars Daniel “Chappie” James Post 4761 – Past Post Commander (life member)
Montford Point Marines Association – (Chaplain and life member)
FLA Chapter 7 DAV (Disabled American Veterans) – Legislative Officer
BRAVO (Brotherhood Rally for American Veterans Organizations) – Past President
NABVETS (National Association of Black Veterans) – Life member

Dedicated Service…with Honor ~