TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KSHV) – Texarkana area veterans now have access to more medical and mental health treatment thanks to the opening of a new Veterans Administration clinic Monday.
The VA clinic, originally located on Realtor Avenue in Texarkana, Arkansas, moved to a larger facility. Clinic leaders say the changes will better serve veterans.
Officials say planning for the new facility began 10 years ago. Construction of the $5 million clinic begins in June 2020.
“We are offering new services. In addition, we are able to complete more appointments, and will probably double,” said Clinic Administrator Dr. Charles Jordan.
The new clinic will have greater preventive care and offer new services, including physical therapy and a comprehensive women’s health clinic to address the growing number of female veterans.
He said currently, the clinic is operating at 50 percent of its capacity. Once fully operational, they expect to see about 500 veterans per day.
“We have veterans running as far north as the De Queen area and Idabel, Oklahoma, as far west as Sulfur Springs, Greenville, area and as far east as Arkadelphia and Prescott. So we have a large catchment area, and we have veterans who like traveling and driving to Texarkana,” Jordan said.
The new clinic has 27 patient rooms for personal care and 11 rooms for mental health services.