Interim Studies To Explore Veterans Center Care And Funding

Jul 25, 2014

State Rep. and gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman wants to examine the quality of care for veterans in Oklahoma.

The ODVA's Ardmore Veterans Center.
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

House Speaker Jeff Hickman approved the interim legislative study by the Rush Springs Democrat and three other bipartisan co-sponsors.

Dorman says state budget cuts and the potential loss of federal matching funds will be key to this fall's study. He plans to ask for testimony from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.

The ODVA estimates there are about 350,000 U.S. military veterans in Oklahoma. Dorman says one problem facing veteran care is the difficulty in hiring and retaining nurses to care for them at the state's seven long-term care facilities for service members.

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