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Delmarva Veterans Travel Far For Healthcare

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Vietnam Veteran Gilbert Cutler Vietnam Veteran Gilbert Cutler

SALISBURY, Md.- Veterans on the Eastern Shore are finding they have to travel long distances for healthcare services from the Veterans Administration. One Vietnam Veteran, Gilbert Cutler, who is 73 years old has to travel from Accomack County to Baltimore regularly for treatment for glaucoma. This journey of over 170 miles takes more than 3 hrs one way. Cutler, who is unable to drive, depends on relatives and transportation services from the Disabled American Veterans program. 

David Wharton, a volunteer with the Disabled American Veterans programs says, "Our DAV Chapter is the only chapter on the lower Eastern Shore and we're the furthest from any of the hospitals or treatment centers right now; Because we're a rural area we have to really work hard to pull people into our base, where we can take them on their trips."

The VA has a choice program that provides localized medical care for veterans who live 40 miles or greater from a VA facility. Gilbert says he has been trying to work with the program to get a closer provider; but so far has been unsuccessful. We contacted the VA about Gilbert Cutler, Spokeswoman, Rosalia Scalia of The VA Maryland Healthcare System said she could not speak about individual veterans due to HIPPA Regulations. 

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