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Tifton hosts veterans fair

Veterans at the LeRoy Rogers Senior Center met to learn about services that will soon be offered. (Source: WALB) Veterans at the LeRoy Rogers Senior Center met to learn about services that will soon be offered. (Source: WALB)
Scott Tucker has been driving to Valdosta and Gainsville for healthcare. (Source: WALB) Scott Tucker has been driving to Valdosta and Gainsville for healthcare. (Source: WALB)
Veterans could sign up for services at the new center. (Source: WALB) Veterans could sign up for services at the new center. (Source: WALB)
Maryalice Morrow is the director of the Carl Vinson Medical Center. (Source: WALB) Maryalice Morrow is the director of the Carl Vinson Medical Center. (Source: WALB)
Herman Graham is a resident of Fitzgerald. (Source: WALB) Herman Graham is a resident of Fitzgerald. (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Herman Graham and Scott Tucker spent years serving their country. 

Graham, from 1955 to 1957 served in Germany. 

Tucker went to Vietnam and got there on Christmas Eve in 1969.

Graham and Tucker have had to trek hours to doctors appointments in Vadosta, Dublin and even Gainsville.

"If I had an early appointment I would have to get up early and drive an hour and half to two hours," said Tucker.

That time travel will soon be cut. 

On Friday, they met other veterans at the LeRoy Rogers Senior Center to learn about services that will soon be offered just blocks away. 

"This is a first time for this location for a VA clinic and we are very excited as we have quite a few veterans in this area," said Maryalice Morrow.
Morrow is the director of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center. 

A past military nurse herself, she runs a number of centers in Southwest Georgia.   

"Some of them don't have access to good transportation so getting to the heathcare they need or deserve isn't always easy for them," Morrow said.

The new center will have primary care, out-patient mental health, labs and home-based care. 

Veterans said they are excited because it will be more convenient but hope they will have the same great service.

"It will be great if the service is the same because I never had any problems other than Dublin being far away," said Graham.

But they remain optimistic.

"I know there will be some bugs in the system they will have to work out but my daughter-in-law is going to be one of the nurses here so hopefully she will take care of me," said Tucker.

And at the end of the day, a trip to the VA center means a trip down memory lane with some old friends. 

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