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Just two days before Veterans Day, officials at MercyOne Dubuque have officially launched a Military and Veterans Health program, or MILVET to improve access to high-quality and culturally sensitive health care for veterans and their families throughout Dubuque and surrounding communities. Christina Schauer, director of clinical and professional development at Mercy and MILVET Champion says they look forward to working with the new V A Clinic on Dodge Street and other veterans’ service organizations. Schauer says they’ll be in frequent communication with the new clinic, as they both strive to provide the services needed by veterans and their families. Ann Fessler is the clinic manager for the new VA clinic, which officially opened its’ doors in August. When she was first approached by Schauer about the MILVET program Fessler says she was impressed with her energy and enthusiasm. MercyOne President Kay Takes says when the VA clinic was located on their campus the two entities made it a point to collaborate with each other. MILVET also provides services for females who have very unique medical needs. There are over 200,000 active and retired military service members in Iowa. There are around 6,500 in Dubuque County and when you add Jackson, Delaware and Clayton counties in Iowa and Jo Daviess in Illinois and Grant County in Wisconsin that numbers grows to more than 15,000.

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