November 17, 2011 is National Rural Health Day, a great opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America.
Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 62 million people – nearly one in five Americans – call them home. These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are places where neighbors know each other and work together to benefit the greater good.
They are some of the best places to start a business and test your “entrepreneurial spirit.” These communities provide the rest of the country with a wealth of services and commodities, and they are the economic engine that has helped the United State become a world economic power.
These communities also have unique healthcare needs that VA services are available to serve Veterans in rural areas. There are unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face and November 17th provides an opportunity to share the efforts of VA, rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other agencies have developed to address those challenges.
For more information about the Rural Health Program at McGuire VA Medical Center, please contact Ms. Sharon Rhone, Program Coordinator at (804)-675-5000 ext. 3382.