VA Emergency Department ribbon cutting and Vietnam War commemoration

VA Emergency Department ribbon cutting and Vietnam War commemoration

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo VA Health Care System will cut the ribbon for the new Emergency Department Tuesday, March 29th at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center at 11:00 am with an open house until 1:00 pm.

The new facility includes an ambulance entrance, two quiet rooms, three trauma rooms and three exam rooms. Space at the event will be limited. Guest speakers include Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole and Texas State Council on Vietnam Veterans member Luther "Buster" Newberry, as well as support from the Amarillo Vet Center.

The hospital is seeing an increase in health care needs for older veterans and they believe their needs to be a response. This new ER is a step in the right direction for the care of our veterans around the panhandle. The hospital is continuing to work for the future, the plan is for the new ER to keep expanding their ability to work on trauma patients as well as medical emergencies. The VA is working to advance their technology in hopes of providing better care to our veterans for years to come.

Vietnam veteran Charles Morris says, "Knowing that they have the ability to meet future needs. How about my Grandson or Granddaughter or future generations who are serving this country, we have an obligation to take care of them we owe them a valuable debt of appreciation and and the least we can do is provide the best care we can".

The event will also serve to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  According to, "the average U.S. infantryman in Vietnam saw 240 days of combat in one year."  58,253 U.S. Armed Forces members were killed while 153,363 were wounded in the two decades of involvement in Vietnam.  The sacrifice and service of Vietnam Veterans will be honored during the ribbon cutting.

For additional information and more event details, please contact Patrick Hutchison at 806-355-9703 extension 4059 or via email at

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