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Letter: Public health volunteers vital to community

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

During the week of April 21-27, organizations around the nation and in the Commonwealth of Virginia will recognize volunteers and their service during National Volunteer Week.

During the past year, Three Rivers Medical Reserve Corps members have been extremely active and responsive to the Virginia Department of Health and the Three Rivers Health District. MRC volunteers served in a variety of support and medical roles providing seasonal flu vaccine, participating in emergency drills with local hospitals and county governments, providing basic health screenings to residents of a local shelter and attending state trainings on health and emergency response.

The volunteers supported the Three Rivers Health District (Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula) by contributing 1,050 hours with a value to the commonwealth of $26,000+. MRC volunteers support public health and shore up local resources during emergencies.

Medical Reserve Corps members are volunteers in...

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