Veterans watching and waiting for permanent clinic - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Veterans watching and waiting for permanent clinic

Veterans in our area were elated to get a mobile health clinic a couple of weeks ago.

But they are not taking anything for granted as they wait for their needs to be met.

Some came out to meet with their congressman.

The mobile clinic is up and running but an indoor waiting area has at least temporarily been taken away, leaving veterans to wonder if they'll have to hang out in the heat until some contract issues can be worked out.

Providing local VA care to local veterans is a work in progress. The mobile clinic is operating-- but unlike the first day there was nowhere out of the heat or elements for veterans to wait... That's a concern. WWII Veteran Wallace Reid was there. "Yes I'm concerned, I'm wondering why we're waiting outside. I thought maybe we would have some facilities to go in but they've been cut off. Why, I don't know."

Veterans in the Lake area are happy about the mobile clinic here next to the old Charter Hospital--but are not taking anything for granted as far as a permanent facility. Korean war Veteran Clarence Smythe says they are tired of waiting. "This thing has been going on and on and on and on and on and on. Myself, as a veteran, I'm tired of it. I'm tired of going to Jennings. I'm tired of going to Alexandria."

He thinks the building here is a perfect place for a permanent clinic. "We need it here. This is the ideal place. Not no other place. Here there's beautiful parking, access to the interstate."

A few heard Congressman Charles Boustany would be checking out the mobile clinic and came to ask him about the latest. Boustany says he's determined to get veterans out of the heat. "Something has to be done because nobody's going to sit out here in one hundred degree heat and exacerbate or make worse their health problems."

He says the process of finding a permanent clinic location is still underway. "They're going through their process of evaluating it. That's a closed process to keep political influence out of it and so, my understanding is that process is ongoing. I'm getting updates on a monthly basis as to where we are with it."

For more on mobile clinic hours and how to try to schedule an appointment see the VA news release below.

Copyright 2012 KPLC All rights reserved

 The following is a news release from the VA:

VA MOBILE CLINIC COMES TO LAKE CHARLES

 Pineville, LA – The Alexandria VA Health Care System (VAHCS) is pleased to announce the opening of the Lake Charles VA Interim Clinic on Monday, June 4, 2011 at 11 a.m.  

 "Opening this clinic brings medical care closer to the Veterans of southwest Louisiana until a permanent structure is in place," said Gracie Specks, M.S., M.B.A., Alexandria VAHCS director.

 The mobile clinic will operate from 4250 5th Avenue, the Paisaneauxs of Lake Charles, LLC Building, formerly occupied by Louisiana Work Force Development.   The VA-staffed clinic will provide primary care, including women's health, to scheduled patients. The clinic will offer the following expanded hours to meet the needs of the Veteran:  Monday 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Friday 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  For more information, please call (337) 515-1810. 

 

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Jeanie, the three-legged dog, advances in national competition

    Jeanie, the three-legged dog, advances in national competition

    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:05 PM EDT2018-05-21 03:05:25 GMT
    (Source jeanie3legs.com)(Source jeanie3legs.com)

    Big news about a gifted canine star. Jeanie, a well-known Lake Charles, LA therapy dog is one of only 21 courageous canines to be advancing to the semifinal rounds of the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards.

    More >>

    Big news about a gifted canine star. Jeanie, a well-known Lake Charles, LA therapy dog is one of only 21 courageous canines to be advancing to the semifinal rounds of the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards.

    More >>
  • I-210 EB and I-10 WB blocked

    I-210 EB and I-10 WB blocked

    Sunday, May 20 2018 5:24 PM EDT2018-05-20 21:24:37 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Both lanes of I-210 eastbound are blocked due to a vehicle accident. I-10 westbound is blocked as well due to a vehicle fire. It is advised to take alternate routes if possible. 7News is on the scene and will update the story as more information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Both lanes of I-210 eastbound are blocked due to a vehicle accident. I-10 westbound is blocked as well due to a vehicle fire. It is advised to take alternate routes if possible. 7News is on the scene and will update the story as more information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Few showers are possible in the afternoon with more heat all week long

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Few showers are possible in the afternoon with more heat all week long

    Sunday, May 20 2018 4:40 PM EDT2018-05-20 20:40:17 GMT
    Few showers possible on MondayFew showers possible on Monday
    Few showers possible on MondayFew showers possible on Monday

    Tonight, it should be another nice, yet warm evening. Any clouds we see today will clear away around sunset, and the rain chances go back to zero tonight. The temperatures will be fairly warm. They should not cool out of the 70s in most places. Especially near the coastline. North of I-10 has a chance to too the upper 60s, but it will still be warm. This will start off with more hot and humid conditions. There will likely be plenty of clouds every now and then. 

    More >>

    Tonight, it should be another nice, yet warm evening. Any clouds we see today will clear away around sunset, and the rain chances go back to zero tonight. The temperatures will be fairly warm. They should not cool out of the 70s in most places. Especially near the coastline. North of I-10 has a chance to too the upper 60s, but it will still be warm. This will start off with more hot and humid conditions. There will likely be plenty of clouds every now and then. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly