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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System to host pair of open houses in recognition of 85th anniversary

Lee County Healthcare Center in Cape Coral to host event Tuesday

March 16, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Veterans and their families are invited to attend the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's 85th Anniversary Open House events at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla., and Lee County Healthcare Center in Cape Coral Tuesday, March 20.

Both events will take place from 1-4:30 p.m.

The open house event at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of building 100 (main hospital building). Driving directions and a map can be accessed

The open house event at the Lee County Healthcare Center will take place in the main lobby located on the first floor. Driving directions and a map can be accessed /locations/Lee_County_VA_ Healthcare_Center_ Cape_Coral_FL.asp.

Information and available resources for veterans will include VA health care benefits, VA benefits (non-medical), volunteer opportunities, VA employment information, women veterans services, suicide prevention, and services specifically for Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn Veterans.

Vietnam veterans who attend the events may also receive a special commemorative lapel pin, along with several other items, as part of the nation's continued commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The open house events are being held to celebrate the Bay Pines VA Health-care System's 85th anniversary and to highlight the programs and services the organization offers veterans.

Bay Pines officially opened its doors to serve Veteran on March 16, 1933, as a National Soldiers Home for disabled volunteer soldiers. At that time, there were 250 employees on duty and facilities capable of providing health care services for about 159 Veterans.

Over the years, the healthcare system grew exponentially.

Today, Bay Pines is one of the largest VA healthcare systems in the country. The organization serves more than 110,000 veterans, and employs nearly 4,300 clinical and administrative professionals.

For more information about the history of Bay Pines, please

For additional information about the open house events, please call 727-398-6661, extension 14110. You can also receive information by subscribing to receive updates via email at, or by connecting with us on Facebook,, and Twitter, /vabaypines.



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