The Richard Owen Veteran Memorial Tour

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By Randall Owen of the Suncoast Hep C Friends of St. Petersburg, Florida "In 2007 my brother Richard Owen died of liver cancer in the hospice at the VA Medical Center Bay Pines, Fl. Less than a year earlier he tested positive for HCV.  I believe had the VA tested him some ten years earlier and given him treatment options liver cancer may have been avoided. So, as part of our awareness raising efforts we have started The Richard Owen Veteran Memorial Tour which will run annually on Veteran's Day. We hope to accomplish two things. First thanking our Veteran's and secondly, to pressure the VA to screen all Veteran's for viral hepatitis."