While Cutting Services at 7 OK Vet Centers, Dept. of Veterans Affairs Spends $3M on New HQ

Updated: May. 22, 2017 at 2:42 PM CDT
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO)– Records show that although the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has had millions of dollars cut from its state appropriations in the last few years, reduced services, removed critical-care equipment including electrocardiogram machines at its seven state veterans' centers, and made plans to close the Talihina veteran's center, the agency is spending $3 million to relocate, remodel and refurnish its headquarters.

"Well, if the ODVA is in such a money crunch, why are they spending the veterans' money on relocating, remodeling and refurbishing the ODVA headquarters to the tune of $3,031,124?" State Rep. Brian Renegar wondered. "This is where all of the money is going from the reduction in doctors and staff at our veterans' centers."

In addition, the ODVA has reduced the number of doctors at the state's veterans' centers, is limiting the use of blood chemistry machines that are employed to gauge what fluids to give a veteran, and plans to close all labs at the state veterans' centers.

Information provided by OK House of Representatives.