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Help VA Medical Center patients

Published: March 4, 2013

The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center provides first-rate care to a population of more than 225,000 Oklahoma veterans. The vast number of veterans requiring care overextends the VA's capabilities to provide simple comfort amenities such as clothing, snacks, hygiene items and quality volunteer time. Therefore, the VA Medical Center must rely on the goodwill of civic-minded businesses and citizens.

The Oklahoma City chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has a program that addresses these needs by soliciting donations from corporations and individuals. Last week, Chesapeake Energy Corp., D-Dent Inc., Homeland and the Skirvin Hilton Hotel stepped up to help meet these basic needs by committing to providing monthly donations to patients at the VA Medical Center. Even with these generous donations, more items and volunteers are needed to ensure uninterrupted comfort to patients getting care at the VA Medical Center. Every donation and volunteer helps.

Simple acts of kindness, from visiting a patient to holding a clothing drive at your workplace, can mean the world to this overlooked population that's sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. Please join our efforts to help our local heroes. The time to help these men and women is now.

Patrick Cowan, Oklahoma City

Cowan, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, is chairman of its Long Term Basic Needs Program. To find out how you can help, contact Richard Maxey (, chief of voluntary service at the VA Medical Center.