Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
Oklahoma, Veterans Group Recognize Vinita VA Staff
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 277, located in Miami, Okla., held a public ceremony on July 29 to show their appreciation for VA staff at the Vinita VA Outpatient Clinic.
During the event, which was held outside the Vinita Clinic, the organization publicly thanked VA staff for the care they provide to Veterans and presented the clinic with an appreciation plaque.
State Rep. Chuck Hoskin, who was the keynote speaker, also presented the clinic with a proclamation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives which thanked Vinita staff for their service.
Don Wadley, a Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 277 member, said VA has given him and other Veterans great care, and the organization wanted to publicly show their appreciation.
“This past year, the VA has been receiving much negative press,” said Wadley. “Our organization and other local Veteran Service Organizations have experienced excellent service from the Vinita Clinic. The employees express their care and concern by providing timely assistance with caring attitudes. Many times, we Veterans go to the clinic in pain and forget to say thank you. We just thought it was time to publicly recognize the VA employees in Vinita for their professionalism, caring attitudes and willingness to help the Veteran.”
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 277 also bought a cake for VA staff as a show of their appreciation.
Scott Craft, Administrative Officer, Vinita VA Outpatient Clinic, said Vinita staff were very appreciative of the gesture by the Vietnam Veterans of America.
"It was very nice of them to do this and show their appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our staff," said Craft.
The Vinita Clinic opened in December 2009 and has provided Primary Care, Mental Health, Social Work, Home Based Primary Care, Teleretinal Imaging and Labs services for more than 2,000 Veterans.