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Dr. Joseph Samuels/Oriental Medicine

The Citrus County YMCA and Citrus Alternative Medicine in Lecanto have partnered to provide support and help to the veterans of Citrus County and surrounding areas.

This new program was created to support our veterans with a few key points in mind.

First: to provide veterans with a central location where they can meet and work to improve their overall health and well-being.

Second: to provide veterans with valuable knowledge. I give monthly lectures at the Citrus County YMCA, along with other guest speakers. Many lectures throughout the year will be geared specifically toward our veterans and their families. Look for topics, dates and times in the Chronicle and flyers at the Citrus County YMCA.

Third: to provide veterans with a Veterans Resource Directory. This directory is now in the process of being created and will contain a list of organizations and programs that support U.S. veterans, which is important for instilling a sense of community among vets.

I will give a public talk on this topic at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the YMCA’s Healthy Living Center Auditorium, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto. The session is open to everyone; you do not need to be a current member of the YMCA to attend.

All attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the Veterans Wellness Program, as well as any other medical questions you may have.

Having served in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division myself, I understand many of the difficulties veterans face after returning home from active duty. I oversee this veterans program with the YMCA’s senior staff member and wellness director, Bill Coyle.

For more information, call me at 352-746-5669.

Dr. Joseph Samuels is medical director of Citrus Alternative Medicine, a nationally certified diplomates of acupuncture in central Florida and a leading authority on oriental medicine. Call 352-746-5669 or visit

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