Local veterans uncertain of permanent clinics future - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Local veterans uncertain of permanent clinics future

    High hopes for a new permanent veteran's clinic in Lake Charles were dashed yesterday, when a veterans funding bill died in the U.S. senate.

   That's left local veterans wondering if Lake Charles will ever get the clinic.

 

"Our veterans deserve it, need it, want it, let's make it happen. "That's how U.S. veteran James Jackson feels about getting a fully functionally veterans clinic in Lake Charles.

 

But another bill has died in the senate that would have helped with several veterans' clinics.

 

"There's twenty-seven clinics throughout the nation that are not going to be built. 400,000 veterans are not going to get the service that they served their country to get." says Jackson.

 

Without a fully functional clinic locally veterans are left driving long distances to get the treatment they need in Jennings, Alexandria and Beaumont. but with a fully functional local clinic veterans like Richard Morgan could get the help they need.

 

"A full functioning clinic here, right now we have one team and if we had a full functioning clinic here we could have two teams. We could take and add another twelve-hundred people to the list of veterans in the Lake Charles area that could go to this clinic." said Morgan.

 

Veterans are ready for politicians to drop their petty differences and do what's in the best interest for those who have served our country.

 

"We're like a piñata, you hit us one way and you know senator Vitter proposes a bill and senator Landrieu opposes it. Senator Landrieu puts up a bill, senator Vitter opposes it. They need to get together and remember the veterans of our country and our state are what's important."

 

So until a bill can be passed veterans will continue to go without.

 

Senator David Vitter has since introduced separate legislation that could authorize the completion of v-a clinics in both Lake Charles and Lafayette.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Hundreds of racers come out for 5th Annual Dragon Boat Race

    Hundreds of racers come out for 5th Annual Dragon Boat Race

    Sunday, April 23 2017 3:35 PM EDT2017-04-23 19:35:48 GMT
    Dragon Boat Race (Source: KPLC)Dragon Boat Race (Source: KPLC)

    It's an event that is growing every year and something many look forward to--the dragon boat race.  Saturday marks the 5th year for the event that benefits Christus St. Patrick Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network.  With 30 teams comes a lot of rowers some for the first time,  "This is my first year," said Donnie Glyenn.  And others with a little bit more experience  "I've been doing it for three years," said Hollie Zimmerman.&n...

    More >>

    It's an event that is growing every year and something many look forward to--the dragon boat race.  Saturday marks the 5th year for the event that benefits Christus St. Patrick Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network.  With 30 teams comes a lot of rowers some for the first time,  "This is my first year," said Donnie Glyenn.  And others with a little bit more experience  "I've been doing it for three years," said Hollie Zimmerman.&n...

    More >>
  • Funnel clouds sighted in SWLA Saturday afternoon

    Funnel clouds sighted in SWLA Saturday afternoon

    Saturday, April 22 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-04-23 00:36:31 GMT

    Reports of tropical funnel clouds were sent in by viewers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 22 as thunderstorms moved across parts of Southwest Louisiana.  According to the 7Stormteam, these are a common occurrence in Louisiana with thunderstorms, especially in the summer months, and rarely ever touch down. Since the rotation is relatively weak and below the level of radar, they often go undetected. If you have any severe weather to report, let us know by submittin...

    More >>

    Reports of tropical funnel clouds were sent in by viewers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 22 as thunderstorms moved across parts of Southwest Louisiana.  According to the 7Stormteam, these are a common occurrence in Louisiana with thunderstorms, especially in the summer months, and rarely ever touch down. Since the rotation is relatively weak and below the level of radar, they often go undetected. If you have any severe weather to report, let us know by submittin...

    More >>
  • New details released on Grantham homicide investigation

    New details released on Grantham homicide investigation

    Saturday, April 22 2017 1:15 PM EDT2017-04-22 17:15:20 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    Authorities have released new details of the investigation into the homicide of Justin Grantham.

    The body of the 25-year-old Calcasieu Parish man was found on Friday around noon, after his alleged killer led deputies to where he left his body.

    More >>

    Authorities have released new details of the investigation into the homicide of Justin Grantham.

    The body of the 22-year-old Calcasieu Parish man was found on Friday around noon, after his alleged killer led deputies to where he left his body.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly