The American Legion, in partnership with AbbVie, announced the launch of its “Take on Hep C” nationwide initiative designed to provide free hepatitis C antibody testing to veterans and their communities, according to a press release.
“Since 2015, AbbVie and The American Legion have been working together to raise awareness of hepatitis C among the veterans community,” Denise H. Rohan, American Legion National Commander, said in the press release. “A simple hep C antibody test is the critical first step in making sure our veterans receive the care they need and deserve.”
The initiative will begin on Saturday, August 4, at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota with a mobile veteran outreach center offering same-day HCV antibody testing.
Additionally, American Legion Service Officers will provide free, expert assistance with Veterans Affairs benefit claims for veterans and their families.
Educational outreach will include events, publications and direct outreach to veterans to increase awareness of HCV risk factors and disease characteristics.
“We are grateful to have an industry leader like AbbVie as a national corporate alliance, joining The American Legion on the frontlines of this disease affecting veterans,” Rohan said in the release.
Visit legion.org/hepC for a complete list of dates and locations. – by Talitha Bennett