“This is awesome.” “I haven’t had glasses in years.” “I’ve been using glasses bought at the local drugstore,” and “This is like Christmas,” were some of the comments from several veterans who received free eye exams and glasses on May 4-6. Military Veterans Resource Center hosted the event in partnership with VSP Global Eyes of Hope mobile clinic. Over the space of three days in May at two of MVRC’s locations 200 veterans received free eye exams and glasses on the spot or vouchers to get eye care at a later date from a VSP network optometrist. The VSP mobile clinic, outfitted with a exam room, frame selection area and a finishing lab, travels all over the country providing eye exams and glasses to hundreds of people each year. However the clinic has never served veterans exclusively – until now. The response from the veteran population in Columbus and Chillicothe was phenomenal. MVRC Columbus had veterans calling for appointments from as far away as Cleveland. The Chillicothe event brought in veterans from several southern Ohio counties. “This proves that the need is definitely there,” said Stefanie Hauck, communications officer for MVRC. “We had several local homeless shelters bringing groups of vets in as well.” she added. Working in partnership with VSP optometrists who volunteer their time and services, patients seen at the VSP mobile clinic receive a comprehensive eye exam and, if needed, glasses. Glasses include single vision, bifocal, or trifocal lenses and a new frame, which patients select […]
Women vets! Military Veterans Resource Center needs your help! We are about to embark on an exciting new initiative just for women veterans! But we need to know what works best for you in your continued growth and well-being as a woman who served/is still serving. What are the gaps in services for women vets in Ohio? What do you like to do to cope with stress? What are your hopes and dreams? So take a few minutes to let us know what you think by filling out the survey below. And you’ll get a chance to win one of two personal training packages worth over $600 from Human Form Fitness in Grandview as part of the deal. Thanks!
If you already didn’t know or have been hiding under a rock for the past month, today marks the first coast to coast solar eclipse since June 8, 1918 in the U.S. Here in Ohio, we will experience almost total darkness between 2:30 to 2:33 p.m. today. If you are in Cincinnati or Dayton you will see 91 percent totality and if you are in Columbus or Chillicothe, you will see about 86-87 percent totality. The shadow of the moon will first make landfall in Oregon at 1:15 p.m., Eastern Time. By 2:49 p.m. the shadow will have reached Charleston, S.C. The whole thing will be over in less than 90 minutes. The total solar eclipse of June 8, 1918 crossed the United States from Washington State to Florida. This path is roughly similar to today’s projected path. The path of totality is the most accurate in history as it utilizes data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, If you can’t get outside to see it or you just didn’t have time to buy eclipse glasses or make a box viewer, you can watch it happen on this livestream from TIME Magazine. In 1918, The US Naval Observatory dispatched an expedition to Baker City, Oregon and successfully observed the eclipse. An artist, Howard Russell Baker, sketched the corona and made a fine painting of the eclipse. Baker City is also within the path of the 2017 eclipse.