Friday, February 29, 2008

Konawa — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11194 hosted an informational meeting recently at the American Legion Hut in Konawa. Guest speakers were Stacie Paige, assistant administrator, and Linda Ramer, patient services representative for the Sulphur Oklahoma Veterans Center. There were 20 veterans present.

The veterans center in Sulphur was built in 1921 as a TB Center for Veterans. Old buildings that remain have been kept in good repair. Some have been replaced and new ones added.

The center in Sulphur has 132 beds with a staff of 200 for around-the-clock care. It has three staff doctors and many nursing and maintenance personnel.

Oklahoma has 1,441 beds for veterans located throughout the state that give this type of care. Sulphur has 132 beds, Ardmore has 175 beds, Lawton has 200 beds, Clinton has 156 beds and Claremore has 302 beds.

The Sulphur unit is equipped with a 30-bed mental care ward. The budgets of all these facilities are evenly split between federal, state and private charges.

Veterans are charged 85 percent of their income up to a maximum of $2,700 per month.

V.F.W. Post 11194 has application forms for hospital care and forms are available at each center.

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