Cars filled the front of American Legion Post 113 with cheers and music on Wednesday in an attempt to get medical attention for female veterans.
The Robley Rex Veteran Affairs Medical Center hosted its first Hardin County Female Veteran Appreciation Drive Event in the Post. The theme of the event was “Thankful She Served”.
Emily Watts, program manager for veterans women, said Robley Rex is a veteran-serving medical facility with a large base in the Louisville area and has a designated women’s health clinic in the Newburg VA clinic. However, she said there are also outreach clinics in the Hardin County area, including Fort Knox.
Watts said Hardin County has the second largest population of female veterans in the service area. She said they are trying to reach more veteran women who live outside of Louisville, not only by signing up for their services, but to let them know they are valued.
“We have a big responsibility to make sure we go to some of the more rural areas to make sure we know them and care about them, that they can come to our hospital and register,” a she declared.
She said that with female veterans being the fastest growing veteran population, they want to be ready to deal with the influx of people into their clinics by setting up more services, including opening a second. women-only health care clinic.
Samantha Daniels, advertising officer for the Legion, said the position was approached by the clinic to organize the event. She said that while female veterans may not make up the largest population in the military, the appreciation seems to be appreciated by those who visited the event.
“We jumped at this opportunity to be able to host it for them,” Daniels said.
Daniels said they look forward to organizing and hosting other events similar to this in the future.
Those who visited the event had the chance to register for the clinic and also received door prizes.
Watts said those interested in registering can contact her directly at 502-276-0502.
Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or [email protected]