Cherokee Nation Hosting Health Enrollment Fairs for Veterans



American Indian military veterans in Oklahoma who have yet to sign up for health benefits will have nine opportunities beginning this month to do so and to have questions answered.

The Cherokee Nation and United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has set up a series of enrollment fairs that begin January 15 at the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

“We’re working with the VA to ensure that Native American men and women who dutifully served this country have access to medical care,” Rhonda Cochran, senior director of ambulatory services at the tribe, said in a Cherokee Nation press release. “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.”

Any eligible American Indian veteran can enroll for VA benefits, receive treatment from Cherokee Nation Health Services, and will be able to seek assistance from VA officials with health care claims or DD 214 filings.

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

January 15 – Redbird Smith Health Center, 301 JT Stites Blvd., Sallisaw

January 16 – Three Rivers Health Center, 1001 S. 41st St. East, Muskogee

January 21 – Vinita Health Center, 27371 S. 4410 Rd., Vinita

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

January 29 – Sam Hider Health Center, 1015 Washbourne St., Jay

January 30 – Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center, Hwy 51 East, Stilwell

February 6 – Will Rogers Health Center, 1020 Lenape Dr., Nowata

February 7 – A-Mo Health Center, 900 N. Owen Walters Blvd., Salina

February 13 – Bartlesville Health Center, 501 E. 5th St., Bartlesville

All enrollees need to bring copies of their DD Form 214 and tribal citizenship or CDIB card.

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