Storm Aftermath: VA Clinic Reopens

News Release:

LUFKIN, TX - The Charles Wilson Outpatient Clinic (CWOPC) in Lufkin will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at the main clinic building located at 1301 West Frank Avenue.

The Mental Health Clinic Annex at 1514 Ellis Street is still without power and remains closed. Veterans, with appointments at the Mental Health Clinic or who need mental health services, should report to the main clinic until power is restored.

In addition, the bus transporting veterans from Lufkin to Houston for medical appointments will also begin running on Tuesday, September 16, 2008.

Veterans or others with questions may call the CWOPC at (936) 637-1342 or toll-free 1-800-209-3120.

Veterans who need medical advice should call the VA Network Telecare Center Hotline at (713) 794-8985 or toll-free 1-800-639-5137. Registered nurses, pharmacists, and administrative clerks at the VA Network Telecare Center are ready to answer veteran health care questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The VA Network Telecare Center is not for life-threatening emergencies. Veterans with life-threatening emergencies should immediately call 911.

Evacuated veterans with urgent care needs may contact any VA facility across the country by dialing 1-800-507-4571.  This telephone number may also be used by families and friends requiring information about patients from those VA facilities affected the hurricane. Veterans may call with questions such as where to access health care, how to receive their prescription drugs, or any other concerns they may have about their care.

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