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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Lufkin Veterans Will Ride to VA Appointments in Houston in Comfort and Style

July 27, 2007

LUFKIN, TX – This month, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) accepted an offer from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation to fund a multi-year contract supplying a passenger coach to transport veterans from Lufkin to the medical center in Houston.

In 2006, former U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation recognized that sick and disabled veterans in the area needed better transportation to their medical appointments at the MEDVAMC.  Meeting with the Brazos Transit District and the staff of the Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic (CWOPC) in Lufkin, the Brazos Transit District recommended a turnkey program operated by Coach USA for a daily bus to go between the Jennings Bus Station in Lufkin and the MEDVAMC.  

The bus is a comfortable 50-passenger coach with a restroom and capacity for two wheelchair bound passengers.  This free service will be available for veterans with appointments at the MEDVAMC and up to one guest beginning Monday, August 13, 2007.

Any veteran traveling to Houston for an appointment with the MEDVAMC can reserve, in advance, a seat on the bus by contacting the CWOPC Reception Desk at (936) 633-2740.  Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. The bus runs Monday through Friday except Federal Holidays, departing the Jennings Bus Station located at 302 South First Street in Lufkin at 7:30 a.m., and stopping at the Brazos Transit District Facility, 202 Pan American, in Livingston at approximately 8:30 a.m.,  to pick up additional veterans.  The bus will arrive at the MEDVAMC in Houston at approximately 10 a.m. and depart at 3 p.m.

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