veterans

Oklahoma News
7:38 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Interim Studies To Explore Veterans Center Care And Funding

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

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

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.

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Veterans' Health
7:04 am
Mon June 16, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn Says Report Will Expose More Problems At VA

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn
Medill DC Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says a new report will expose more weaknesses at Veterans Affairs Department hospitals, including disappearing doctors and staff members.

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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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7:46 am
Wed April 9, 2014

VA Pays Out $200 Million in Wrongful-Death Cases

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In Oklahoma, data obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting shows that in 23 wrongful-death cases filed in the decade after 9/11 related to the VA hospital in Oklahoma City, the VA paid out more than $3.6 million to families. In six cases filed during that decade related to the VA center in Muskogee, the VA paid out more than $715,000 to families. At both facilities, allegations included failure to treat, diagnose or monitor; using improper techniques or wrong procedures, and failure or delay in admission or referral.
A 23-year-old female veteran who had been raped in the Army is discharged from the psychiatric ward at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Muskogee without anyone notifying her family - despite a safety plan that required that her mother, sister and stepfather be informed of her regimen of care.
Veterans
8:33 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Enid Vietnam Memorial Wall Set For Veterans Day Dedication

The Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, Inc. is a living memorial to veterans, past and present. The park is located at Woodring Regional Airport in Enid. Okla.
Credit Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, Inc.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is joining with a former prisoner of war to dedicate a wall commemorating Vietnam veterans on Monday.

Fallin and Col. Lee Ellis will give speeches at the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall at Enid's Woodring Regional Airport. Ellis was a former Vietnam prisoner of war for more than five years with Sen. John McCain.

The wall is a smaller replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

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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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Oklahoma Watch
12:16 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma Veterans Commit Suicide At Twice The Rate Of Civilians

Credit United States Army

Oklahoma veterans and active-duty military personnel are killing themselves at twice the rate of civilians, despite increased efforts to address the problem.

The 2011 suicide rate for soldiers was about 44 per 100,000 population, according to an Oklahoma Watch analysis of Oklahoma State Department of Health data. This rate includes active-duty military as well as veterans from the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea and World War II. The civilian rate for people over the age of 18 was about 22 per 100,000.

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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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Veterans Affairs
10:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Plea Deal In Works For Veterans Center Worker

The Oklahoma Veterans Memorial in Oklahoma City.
Credit carletaorg / Flickr Creative Commons

A defense attorney says an Oklahoma prosecutor is offering a plea deal to a former physician assistant at the Claremore Veterans Center charged in the neglect-related deaths of two elderly patients.

Trevor Reynolds, who represents 60-year-old Kenneth Adams, says the offer was made Wednesday at a hearing in the case in Rogers County District Court. Reynolds declined to disclose the plea offer and says he first needs to discuss it with his client.

The prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Mykel Fry, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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Housing
10:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Goodwill Gets Federal Grant To Help Veteran Families

Credit margaretshear / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding a $1.4 million grant to Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma.

The grant announced Tuesday is to be used to provide support services to very low-income military veteran families living in or transitioning into permanent housing.

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