Veterans gaining more access to health care thanks to new Cooper Hospital program

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Veterans will now have increased access to heath care at Cooper University Hospital thanks to a new grant program.

The $62,000 grant from the Federal Communications Commission covers the cost for the device as well as internet service for three years for those who are struggling financially. There are 50 recipients in this wave of funding.

Max Kursh, director of Population Health at Cooper, is overseeing the program. He says it was started for those who cannot easily get to in-person doctor visits.

“By providing tablet devices for these vulnerable individuals, we will help improve communications and maintain vital connections with their health care providers to allow them to manage their care successfully at home,” he said.

Disabled veteran Walt Steen from Northeast Philly says this program will help him stay on top of his health.

“You actually get a chance to see that doctor, so you’re feeling that connection also with the doctors or any of the providers there at Cooper.”

He adds that he can even see specialists from other parts of the country with his device.

“So they’re feeling your emotions too as well, what you’re going through, if you’re going through something.”

Steen says he’s going to advocate for more grants going forward so all disabled veterans who need a device can get one.

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