By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
A new outpatient clinic for U.S. veterans will open early this fall in Yukon.
The Oklahoma City VA (Veterans Affairs) Health Care System has announced new outpatient clinics in Yukon and Norman to provide metro-area military veterans more options for healthcare services.
The Yukon VA Clinic, 1808 Commons Circle, will provide two primary care teams, three mental health offices, physical therapy/occupational therapy, and three specialty care rotating rooms in a 6,700 square foot facility.
Oklahoma City’s VA Health Care System is committed to serving veterans who served the United States, according to director Wade Vlosich.
“It is our privilege and honor to care for our veterans, America’s heroes, and we are pleased to bring VA clinical services to these local communities,” Vlosich said.
Yukon City Council Member Rick Cacini, a board member of the Oklahoma Veterans Committee, said Yukon’s new VA clinic will be great for veterans across Canadian County.
“It’s a beautiful building,” Cacini said. “Our veterans in Yukon, Piedmont, Mustang, and other local communities will no longer have to travel all the way to downtown Oklahoma City. They will be able to see the VA medical personnel quickly and closer to their homes.
“Yukon is a leader in our state in helping the veterans and providing the amenities that they deserve.”
Cacini, also a board member for the Coalition for Homeless Veterans, said it’s important to “take care of our veterans” who have served their country so valiantly.
“We take care of our veterans on the street – and get them off the street. We help provide them the shelter they need.”
MEETING THE NEEDS
Another VA outpatient clinic will open early this fall at 1020 24th Ave NW in Norman.
The Norman VA Clinic will provide veterans with three primary care teams, two mental health offices, one tele-mental health room, and two potential specialty care/telehealth rooms in a 9,800 square foot facility.
Both Yukon and Norman clinics “will allow us to continue to meet the needs of our veterans and provide quality access to care for the many veterans who live in the area,” Vlosich added.
The safety of veterans and staff continues to be the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System’s top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, the director added.
Due the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public grand openings or ribbon cuttings for the new VA clinics. Everyone entering the clinics will be required to wear a mask or face covering.
There are three ways veterans can move their care to the Yukon and Norman clinics.
• Veterans who have never received VA health care or who haven’t been seen by a VA provider for more than two years should call the National Enrollment Office at (877) 222-8387.
• Veterans who now receive VA care outside the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System may call the Eligibility Office at (405) 456-3071 or visit the office in person at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center or Lawton clinic.
• Veterans who now receive VA care within the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System and wish to move their care to the Yukon or Norman clinic should call (405) 456-3053.