Pinal County military veterans group receives mobile clinic

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors are joined by members of the Hiring and Helping Our Heroes of Pinal County to celebrate the transfer of a recreational vehicle that will help to serve veterans across the country. (Special to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA from Pinal County)

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors are joined by members of the Hiring and Helping Our Heroes of Pinal County to celebrate the transfer of a recreational vehicle that will help to serve veterans across the country. (Special to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA from Pinal County)

A unanimous vote of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors has given a new life to a 2007 Fleetwood Discovery mobile clinic by selling it to Hiring and Helping Our Heroes of Pinal County Inc. for the minimum allowable price of $1.

The converted recreational vehicle had been purchased by Pinal County in 2007, following a grant from the Gila River Indian Community, for use as a mobile clinic in the Maricopa area. Since the opening of the Public Health Clinic in Maricopa in 2012, the vehicle has sat in the fleet maintenance yard unused.

Supervisor Cheryl Chase and Public Health Services Director Tom Schryer have been working with the group for the past three months regarding the sale of the vehicle, according to a press release.

“This vehicle was the face of public health in Maricopa from 2007 to 2012, and served hundreds of Pinal County families through those years” Mr. Schryer said in the release. “This is a very unique opportunity for the county to put this asset to use in a new role and we are glad to help out our local (military) veterans.”

HOHP Chairwoman Kim Rodriguez said the RV will be purposed as a mobile military veterans center.

“Pinal County has about 38,000 to 40,000 veterans,” Ms. Rodriguez said. “This number increases during the winter months. Many of our vets have to leave the county to seek intensive services, while some do not seek those services.”

With one Veteran’s Administration Services office for the entire county located in Casa Grande, the newly acquired RV will be able to travel throughout the county offering a plethora of services for Pinal County military veterans.

Ms. Rodriguez said the vision for the RV is to bring such services as medical and mental health care, offer access to a Veteran’s Administration representative along with bringing a navigator to help users access a variety of services.

“This navigator will be able to offer housing assistance, help to seek out employment opportunities, post-secondary educational opportunities, readjustment and financial counseling and offer referrals to other needed services,” she said.

The board requested the RV be painted to reflect it was a gift from the Gila River Indian Community and the people of Pinal County, according to the release. The board agreed to the request, according to the release.
Arizona Revised Statue allows the board of supervisors to sell the vehicle for less than fair market value to HOHP due to its nonprofit status.

Since the Gila River Indian Community was the original funding source for the mobile clinic Pinal County officials sought and received their support for the sale of the vehicle to HOHP.

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