Free health screenings for veterans

As The American Legion’s 51st annual Washington Conference continues to get under way, free health screenings will be provided to veterans on March 21 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. Medical staff from the D.C. VA Medical Center will conduct the free screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the hotel, which is located at 999 9th St. NW — two blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop.

The health screening will check blood pressure and cholesterol levels and provide general VA benefits information, women’s health services, health-care eligibility/enrollment, information on filing VA claims, and voluntary service opportunities at the D.C. VA Medical Center. A mobile vet center van will also be stationed in the parking lot adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel.

“The American Legion encourages all veterans to participate in this free screening,” said Jacob Gadd, the deputy director of the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division. “We want to recruit as many veterans in the metro area as we can so they can take advantage of the free health screening and get information about VA benefits and services.”