Miami VA Program Bringing Legal Services to Veterans Wins National Hospital Charitable Service Award

Access Innovation for Medical-Legal Services (AIMS) for Veterans Wins $10,000 National Hospital Charitable Service Award

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Paul Russo, director of the Miami VA Healthcare System, presents the National Hospital Charitable Service Award to Dr. Panagiota Caralis after being recognized for their contributions to Veterans in South Florida.

Paul Russo, director of the Miami VA Healthcare System, presents the National Hospital Charitable Service Award to Dr. Panagiota Caralis after being recognized for their contributions to Veterans in S

“We pride ourselves on being patient centered and offering comprehensive care to our Veterans,” said Paul Russo, Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System.

(PRWEB) February 24, 2014

An innovative program that provides free legal services for Veterans receiving care at the Miami VA Healthcare System was named a Program of Excellence by the Hospital Charitable Service Awards recently.

The AIMS (Access Innovation for Medical-Legal Services) for Veterans program at the Miami VA Healthcare System delivers legal service in addition to comprehensive care to Veterans with mental and behavioral health issues and other chronic health conditions. More than 200 Veterans have taken advantage of this free service.

“We pride ourselves on being patient centered and offering comprehensive care to our Veterans,” said Paul Russo, Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System. “Programs like AIMS are another way we provide service that Veterans need to be successful in their civilian lives.”

Veterans often have complex issues that go beyond healthcare needs, including help filing for federal benefits and working within the legal system to help speed their successful transition to civilian life. The AIMS clinic is available each week for Veterans who need help with basic legal needs and is free for VA eligible Veterans.

AIMS for Veterans was among 10 programs from across the country commended for exceptional work in setting new standards for giving back to their communities in sustainable ways. At a banquet that was the culmination of the National Charitable Service Conference, each winning program was presented with a $10,000 investment toward their growth.

“These initiatives are not alone in giving back to their communities,” said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, Chairman of the Hospital Charitable Service Awards program. “What makes them truly extraordinary is the impact they achieve through their commitment to serving others, and the outstanding ways they make substantial and caring contributions.”

For more information about the services available through the Miami VA Healthcare System or how to enroll for VA Healthcare, visit http://www.miami.va.gov.


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