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Feb 24, 2014 7:26 PM by Akeam Ashford

Service Members Offer Free Healthcare Screenings

Members of the military will offer free medical screenings to anyone in Acadiana beginning tomorrow.

It's part of a two-weeklong training event called Cajun Care 2014.

The Navy, Air Force, and Army Reserves have set up a combat medical screening facility at the Old Heritage Manor in Abbeville.

Service members will provide dental and vision care, as well as answer any health questions.

According to Lt. Col. Jamie Ruffing, there are 120 service members involved in the project, which is expected to provide more than $1.3 million in medical support to the community.

"It allows us to establish a hospital in a rapid area that has no infrastructure. From a medical training standpoint, we get to bring in combat medicine and equipment and serve people in a really positive way," Ruffing said.

Every year, service members like Navy Corpsmen Kevin Blake leave their homes to set up the free clinics around the country.

"This is a great way to keep our skills up to date and work with our counterparts in other branches. It also allows us to work here at home and really help those who need it," Blake said.

Service members haul in all the equipment and supplies they need to see patients. This gives service members the opportunity to practice combat situations they could face while deployed.

Cajun Care will open at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning at 5 p.m.

The clinic will be open every day during those hours until March 5.

No paperwork or identification is needed to be seen.

 

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