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Bronxville hospital announces free health screening program for veterans

New York Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital is providing veterans with free screenings on Tuesday, May 23rd and Wednesday, May 24th

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For local veterans and their families, screening exams and other medical tests can be difficult to receive through the Veteran’s Association hospital.

"They have to wait to get screened,” said William Aguilar, a former commander during the Vietnam War. “Sometimes, they have to wait 4-5 months and you know, anything can happen in 4-5 months."

New York Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital is hoping to ease that process by now offering local veterans and their families free screening exams.

They announced that on Tuesday, May 23rd and Wednesday, May 24th, veterans and their families can receive free health screenings for blood pressure, BMI, blood glucose and other tests at the hospital.

"Something like this, I'm in awe because we don't have to wait that long now,” continued Aguilar. “We can come here, they can screen us, we can be ahead of the game."

Aguilar is extremely proud of this program. He says it not only helps the local veterans who served but the families who sacrificed alongside them.

"I think it's just fantastic because if you go down to the VA, unless you're 100 percent disabled, like myself, wives are not included in anything. So this is fantastic."

Navy veteran Carmine DiPasquale says the free screenings will help Westchester County veterans who do not have the resources to get to the Bronx Veteran’s Association ospital or other further locations.

"It also is a more local place for some of the elderly people that can come and go,” said DiPasquale. “Sometimes these VA hospitals are a little too far for these older veterans."

The hospital staff says they want to serve those who so bravely served the country.

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