Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks

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A comprehensive family caregiver program for veterans will greatly expand over the next two years. Michael Stracener, LCSW, Ph.D, who manages the caregiver support program at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, provides details. VHCSO program participant and U.S. Army Veteran Jason Williams describes the need. 

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary of Benefits Paul Lawrence describes several new benefit initiatives targeting new veterans, as well as Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans exposed to chemical weapons.

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Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health is offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing to Arkansas veterans and their families, Saturday, June 27, from 7 to 11 a.m. The testing will take place in the parking garage at 1100 N. College Avenue. 

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Residents and staff at the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Nursing Home in Fayetteville were honored with a parade of cars, trucks and motorcycles festooned with flags, Sunday afternoon. Among the supporters were family members who’ve been barred from visiting loved ones due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As the number of U.S. veterans infected by coronavirus rises across the country, the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville has new measures in place to care for affected patients, while protecting staff and administrators. VHCSO Medical Center Director Kelvin Parks describes the coordinated response.


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Last summer's launch of the Mission Act by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs greatly expands health care access for millions of veterans says VA Sec. Robert Wilkie. In a wide-ranging interview, Sec. Wilkie also discusses efforts to reduce veteran suicide, his view on medical marijuana, and fallout from a fired Fayetteville VA pathologist charged with manslaughter.


Starting Oct. 1, the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks will prohibit the use of tobacco products on the main hosptial campus in Fayetteville, as well as its community clinics to protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff.


The MISSION Act, passed by Congress last summer and deployed nationwide June 6, allows the VA to broaden medical care access to enrolled veterans including community care, a new urgent care benefit, and caregiver support. Kelvin Parks, director of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks provides details.

This weekend, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks and the Artist's Laboratory Theatre are presenting the final project of a two-year partnership. May 18-19 veterans will perform an original play about their unique and shared experiences. Tickets are free and can be reserved by emailing

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Robert Wilkie, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses how the Mission Act, VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, and increased funding to women veterans programs will reform VA healthcare systems in Arkansas and nationwide.