Submitted by Oswego County
OSWEGO – The director of the Oswego County Veterans Service Agency is encouraging veterans who use the new VA Clinic on Route 104 East to be patient in scheduling their appointments while new staff is being hired.
Donna Kestner said the federal Veterans Administration recently moved to a new location at Loweâ€™s Plaza and the new clinic is not yet fully staffed. There have been some problems with appointments being cancelled and re-scheduled but Kestner said she expects any problems to be resolved soon.
â€œPeople need to be patient,â€ said Kestner. â€œThe agency is in the process of hiring new people. Weâ€™re very fortunate to have a beautiful and spacious new VA clinic in Oswego County, and weâ€™re looking forward to working with the clinic care managers.â€
The local VA clinic was previously located at Seneca Hill in Minetto. Veterans need to complete a health care application and meet income guidelines to receive VA care. For information and assistance, call the County Veterans Service Agency at 591-9100. To make an appointment at the clinic, call 207-0120.
Kestner is also reminding veterans who have recently left the military that they have a limited amount of time to apply for â€œstop lossâ€ pay.
â€œMembers of the military whose service was involuntarily extended between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for retroactive stop loss special pay,â€ said Kestner. â€œThe average benefit is $3,700. They are entitled to $500 per month for each month that they served beyond their discharge date.â€