Second military veterans’ health and wellness programme gets underway


Tomorrow the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) starts it second national healthcare programme for soldiers no longer in the ranks.

Lenz Military Base, south-west of Johannesburg, is the first stop for DMV officials on their second annual health and wellness screening programme. The second in Gauteng for military veterans to register for healthcare will be next Monday (August 11) on Voortrekkerweg in Thaba Tshwane with the third and final Gauteng registration point on Thursday, August 14 at 20 Kempton Street in Kempton Park.

Through the programme the DMV assist veterans in early detection of illness, refers them for medical treatment, prevent ill-health and issuing healthcare cards to military veterans “who have medical authorisation” to use SA Military Health Service facilities a spokesman said.

This is stressed by the DMV as one of four criteria that have to be met before veterans can become part of the programme. The other three criteria are military veterans must be listed on the DMV national database; they must have received invitation letters or SMSs and must comply with the set down qualification criteria for healthcare benefits.

Military veterans in Mpumalanga must report to the SAMHS sickbay in Bell Street, Nelspruit on Thursday while their Limpopo colleagues have to go to AFB Makhado next Wednesday (August 13).

Two stops have been arranged for Northern Cape veterans at 8 SA Infantry Battalion in Upington and the SAMHS sickbay in Kimberley on August 15.

Free State veterans should report to Tempe Military Base on August 14 and those living in Eastern Cape have a choice. They can either go to 6 SA Infantry Battalion in Grahamstown or the Group 8 sickbay in East London on August 14.

August 14 has also been set aside for North West veterans and they should report to either the Molopo sickbay or Potchefstroom military base.

In KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape, August is also military veterans health and wellness screening day. Venues are AFB Durban at the old Durban International Airport; Pietermaritzburg sickbay; Infantry School in Oudtshoorn; and Youngsfield healthcare centre.

More information on the programme is available from Alfred Maringa (071 688 6410).