Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

average wait time of 44 days
4:08 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

VA Says Growing Population Of Veterans Adds To Wait Time For Appointments

Credit U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Veteran Affairs officials say steady growth in the veteran population and other factors are helping to drive up wait times at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.

Officials discussed why veterans sometimes face lengthy waits for appointments on Tuesday, a day after a federal audit revealed new patients seeking health care at the Oklahoma City veterans facility waited an average of 44 days for a primary care appointment.

The report by the Department of Veterans Affairs also found that new patients seeking specialty care had to wait about 48 days to be seen in Oklahoma City.

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OK Veteran's Affairs Delays
1:57 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Audit Reveals OK Veterans Affairs Hospital Delays

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A newly released audit has found that new patients seeking health care at the Muskogee and Oklahoma City VA hospitals waited an average of 31 and 44 days, respectively, to be seen.

Monday's audit released by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that 464 new patients at the two facilities waited more than 60 days for an appointment.

The audit also found that established patients at both care centers had waits averaging just over two days to be seen.

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Health
7:37 am
Thu April 17, 2014

House Approves Smoking Exception For Oklahoma Veterans Centers Until 2018

The Ardmore Veterans Center, located in the districts of the bill's authors, state Rep. Pat Ownbey and state Sen. Frank Simpson.
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Residents of Oklahoma's veterans' centers will be allowed to smoke on the property for a few more years under an agreement worked out between Gov. Mary Fallin, state lawmakers and the War Veterans Commission.

The House gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that would designate all state-operated veterans' centers as nonsmoking effective Jan. 1, but allow the centers to designate outdoor smoking areas for residents until Jan. 1, 2018.

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Veterans
9:04 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Claremore Veterans Center Deaths Case Headed For Trial

The Claremore Veterans Center
Credit ok.gov/odva / Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

A former physician assistant has been bound over for trial for the deaths of two residents at the Claremore Veterans Center.

Kenneth Adams was bound over Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder and two counts of caretaker neglect for the deaths of 86-year-old Louis Arterberry and 85-year-old Jay Minter. Prosecutors accused Adams of neglecting his medical duties, leading to the residents' deaths.

At a preliminary hearing, prosecutors called five witnesses, including employees of the Claremore Veterans Center.

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Oklahoma News
2:18 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Hearing Delayed In Case Over Oklahoma Veterans' Deaths

Claremore Veterans Center
Credit ok.gov/odva / Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

The preliminary hearing has again been delayed for a former physician assistant charged in the deaths of two patients at the Claremore Veterans Center.

Kenneth Adams was due in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, but the case has been delayed until March 11-12.

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Will Be On Display At Stilwell Museum
4:13 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Purple Heart Returned To WWII Vet's Hometown

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An Arizona man who spotted a Purple Heart medal in a heap of jewelry at a flea market is returning it to the recipient's Oklahoma hometown nearly 70 years after he was killed in World War II.

Matt Carlson says he knew he had to buy the medal when he saw it at a sale in Glendale, Ariz. in February. The Vietnam veteran knew the medal is only awarded to those wounded or killed in combat.

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State Capitol
11:24 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Committees Discuss Oklahoma Veterans Center Employment Needs

Ardmore Veterans Center
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

The Senate and House’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committees heard Tuesday what the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has done and hopes to do to address staffing and related issues, particularly at it seven veterans centers.

“There is no easy answer here,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs retired Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon said at the conclusion of the meeting.

ODVA staff testified that they have embarked on a plan to convert patient care staff from classified to unclassified positions, are working on ways to address salary and training issues.

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Veterans Affairs
10:40 am
Wed October 2, 2013

ODVA Suggests Statutory Changes For Peacetime Veterans

The Ardmore Veterans Center - one of seven long-term care facilities operated by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

State Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) said the purpose of the Tuesday’s interim study about entry to state veterans affairs was to see what veterans are eligible for entrance.

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State Capitol
10:12 am
Fri August 2, 2013

State Veterans Issues Focus Of Multiple Studies

Veterans center in Ardmore, Okla.
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Rep. Tommy Hardin(R-Ardmore) and Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) are hosting several interim studies pertaining to the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Centers.

Hardin’s study focuses on ODVA’s request to declassify certain positions in veteran’s centers. The request was previously approved by a committee but due to its legislative nature, Hardin requested the study.

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