MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

January 13, 2014

VA, Cherokees set health care sign-ups


— The Cherokee Nation and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will host a series of enrollment fairs for Native American veterans to sign up for health benefits, a media release states.

The fairs are being held in January and February at the Cherokee Nation’s eight health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital.

“We’re working with the VA to ensure that Native American men and women who dutifully served this country have access to medical care,” said Rhonda Cochran, senior director of ambulatory services at the tribe. “Some veterans may not have signed up for medical benefits through the VA or may wish to establish charts at one of our Cherokee Nation health centers, which may be closer to home for some services.”

Eligible Native American veterans can enroll for VA benefits and get treatment from Cherokee Nation Health Services. VA officials will also be available to assist veterans with health care claims or DD 214 filings.

Cherokee Nation Health Services and VA representatives will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

•    Thursday — Three Rivers Health Center, 1001 S. 41st St. E., Muskogee.

•    Jan. 23 – W.W. Hastings Hospital, 100 S. Bliss Ave., Tahlequah.

Enrollees must bring copies of their DD Form 214 and tribal citizenship or CDIB card. Information: Gordon Watkins, (918) 316-9913; John Alley, (918) 577-4261; or Bunner Gray, (918) 577-3977.