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The Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to educate veterans on how their service may have exposed them to some environmental hazards. 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers several programs and services related to environmental exposure, according to Grundy VAC Superintendent Ken Buck.

The VA Health Administration offers free medical exams and the VA Benefits Administration offers additional benefits related to exposure and certain illnesses.

Buck said the Edward Hines VA Hospital Outreach Team will be educating area veterans regarding environmental health registry exams during their December clinics.

The VA’s health registry evaluation is a free, voluntary medical assessment for veterans who may have been exposed to certain environmental hazards during military service and alerts them to possible long-term health problems associated with those hazards.

Buck stated the VA Outreach Team will be in Grundy County on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 12 at the Minooka Village Hall, 121 E. McEvilly Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday, December 17 at the Coal City American Legion, 1752 E. Division Street in Diamond, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact the Grundy County VAC office at 815-941-3152 to learn more about the clinics or to learn more about the variety of programs and services available.