Against the closure of the VA Medical Center

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Posted: 2022-04-01 15:37:44

Modified: 04/01/2022 15:36:49

Northampton VA Hospital provides medical and psychiatric care, addiction counseling, PTSD treatment, nursing home care for elderly veterans, and women’s services. There are 85 beds for behavioral care, 32 nursing and 16 substance care. Additionally, they also operate 12 veterans departments for Berkshire and Hampshire counties covering 927 square miles. Northampton VA is affiliated with UMass Medical School as well as schools of dentistry, nursing, psychology, optometry, occupational therapy, social work, pharmacy, and more.

Closing the Northampton VA hospital would force vets to travel to Boston, West Haven, Connecticut or Springfield. Traveling to Boston would be 105 miles (two hour trip). West Haven is 90 miles (one and a half hours). Springfield would be 29 miles (half an hour). All of this information is based on the Cummington distance. Some veterans have a longer travel time and some have a shorter travel time. The shuttles would be a full day trip (early morning pick up and evening drop off). Of course, getting an appointment at these places takes weeks.

Why are we forcing a very important VA hospital for all those women and men who have protected our country to close? This hospital was built in 1923 and has recently undergone many building updates and remodels. Soldier On has built many model homes.

I speak on behalf of my 100% disabled veteran husband who passed away but received the best care during his declining health at Northampton VA Hospital for over 40 years. Also, I know many veterans who use this important hospital. Thank you for fighting against this closure. Contact your representatives, governor and president now!

Ms. Rosemary Seifert-Graf

cummington

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