Prescott is home to Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
The facility offers a variety of health services to meet the needs of our nation’s Veterans. Prescott Arizona is home to the The Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System (NAVAHCS). NAVAHCS boasts primary and secondary level medical, rehabilitative and long-term care to Veterans residing in northern and central Arizona. Acute medical care consists of primary and secondary inpatient medicine and ambulatory care, which includes general medicine, ambulatory procedures, and selected specialized medical clinics. The Emergency Department is open 24 hours/7 days a week.
History of Northern Arizona Veterans Association Health Care System
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, The Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System (NAVAHCS) has played a significant role in the history and development of northern Arizona. Originally named Fort Whipple, this site has served as a tactical base for the United States Cavalry during the Indian Wars of 1864 to 1882 transitioning to the headquarters of the Arizona Volunteers (Rough Riders) during the Spanish American War. After the turn of the century, Fort Whipple was converted to a tuberculosis sanatorium during WWI and was transferred to the Public Health Service in 1920 for continued use as a hospital for disabled Veterans. In the early 1930s, the facility was transferred to the newly created Veterans Administration as a general medical / surgical hospital. The site is still locally referred to by its original designation as Fort Whipple.
The Veterans Resource Centers of America (VRC) also has an office in Prescott, Arizona. The home office of the Northern Arizona branch of VRC, it shares a $2 million VA Supportive Services for Veterans’ Families (SSVF) grant with the Flagstaff and Bullhead City sites. This grant provides case management and temporary financial assistance to veteran households who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.
Prescott Arizona Veterans Day Parade
Prescott continues it’s tradition of holding a Veteran’s Day Parade and this year offers a special tribute to Women Veterans. The parade will honor female veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as all who have served in our Nation’s Armed Forces. The Veterans Day Parade will take place in downtown Prescott, at 11 a.m., Nov. 11, 2016.
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