Texas State Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) has announced that he has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to create one or possibly two Veterans Administration Hospitals at one, or two, closed hospital buildings in the Golden Triangle. Those buildings were the former St. Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur and the former Baptist Hospital in Orange.
Phelan cited a lack of reliable healthcare options for over 1.6 million military veterans in Texas, and he noted that the nearest VA Medical Inpatient Hospital to Beaumont is over 100 miles away.
Currently, military veterans in the Jasper area are about an hour drive away from either the Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic in Lufkin, or the Beaumont VA Clinic.
Phelan, who is currently in his third term in the Texas House representing Jefferson and Orange Counties, issued a statement which read “One of the greatest things about my district is the large population of veterans that I am able to represent. There are over 22,000 veterans who live in Orange and Jefferson Counties. Sadly, we are unable to properly care for our veterans in Southeast Texas, because the nearest VA Medical Inpatient Hospital is over 100 miles away. Veterans and their families have sacrificed so much for our country and they desperately deserve proper medical care”.