VA outpatient clinics to hold open houses

The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System will hold three open houses from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Slidell community-based outpatient clinics, respectively.

Visitors can tour the facilities and learn about employment opportunities.

The addresses are 7968 Essen Park Ave., Baton Rouge; 1601 Perdido St., New Orleans; and 60491 Doss Drive, Suite B, Slidell.

The events are part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Summer of Service initiative, designed to build awareness about voluntary service in VA medical centers nationwide, increase the pool of potential volunteers and showcase the services the department provides for veterans.

“These open houses will give veterans, their families and others an opportunity to learn about our health care system and the services we offer to veterans,” said Fernando Rivera, medical center director for Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System.

For more information about SLVHCS, visit www.neworleans.va.gov or www.facebook.com/VANewOrleans.

Kenner police to teach self-defense to women

The Kenner Police Department will offer a women’s self-defense course from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 20, 22 and 23.

The program teaches women self-defense techniques and how to execute them properly if they are ever confronted by an attacker.

The course is free and open to all girls and women 13 and older. Participants may take the course as many times as desired to learn the latest self-defense and safety techniques.

Certified police officers will conduct group discussions and demonstrations on the following topics: types of sexual assaults, lawful means of self-defense, abduction, risk awareness and avoidance, and self-defense techniques.

Participants also will have the opportunity, if they choose, to practice self-defense techniques with a certified instructor.

To sign up, participants must agree to attend all three days.

For more information and to fill out an application, visit the Kenner Police Department website at www.kennerpd.com and click the Women’s Self Defense link.

Contact the Community Relations Division at jvirgil@kennerpd.com or (504) 712-2395 with any additional questions.

State Police offer child seat fitting

State troopers and certified child seat technicians offer a free child passenger fitting station from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Troop L, 2600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, almost 600 children under the age of 13 were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 and more than 200,000 were injured. Crashes are the leading cause of death for children between 1 and 13.

When a parent or caregiver uses a child restraint correctly, the restraint can reduce the risk of fatal injury for infants by 71 percent and for toddlers by 54 percent.

However, nearly 75 percent of child restraints are installed improperly.

The free fitting station will ensure that a child seat is correctly installed and that the child is in the correct seat based on his or her age, height and weight.