Stillwater News Press

November 6, 2009

Warren Clinic now treats veterans

Monique Headley

On Friday, the Warren Clinic became a primary medical and mental health services provider for military veterans in Stillwater and surrounding communities.

More than 200 veterans and family members attended the event, said Travis A. Villani, communications officer for the clinic.

The response was overwhelming said, center Director David Wood. “We had a lot of vets attend who wanted to make sure of services and ask questions,” he said.

“Primarily, this is so veterans don’t have to travel and can receive care closer to home,” said VA Public Affairs Officer Stacy Rine.

High resolution video interface will be available for basic mental health screenings, said VA Public Affairs Officer Stacy Rine.

Specialty services will be referred to larger facilities such as Oklahoma City, she said.

“It means a shorter trip,” said Perry resident Eugene F. Lawson. “Having the clinic open in Stillwater is a benefit,” he said. Previously he said he would travel almost 80 miles for care. An engineer, Lawson said he served in the Army attached to an Air Force unit.

A local center for medical services means not having to solicit rides from family to access care, said Earline Reid, wife of Korea War veteran Kenneth Reid.

“I’m not sure who I will see here, but as long as they treat you like a human being,” said Army veteran Thomas Lair, he will be not mind having to change physicians. Previously he commuted to Oklahoma City.

About 2,500 veterans are locally registered with the VA, said Rine.

Care for veterans was previously available in Oklahoma City, Tulsa or Muskogee to receive similar services, Rine said.