State House Votes To Close Talihina Veterans Center
OKLAHOMA CITY - The state House has passed a bill that would move the Veteran's Administration Center out of Talihina.
The bill, which passed 57 to 33, authorizes the Oklahoma VA to build a new medical center that would eventually replace the one in Talihina.
There have been a couple of high profile deaths at that facility in recent years.
In the fall of 2016, 73-year-old Vietnam veteran Owen Peterson died of sepsis at the Talihina Veterans Center after maggots were found in his body.
Four months later, 70-year-old Leonard Smith, another Vietnam vet, died by choking on a plastic bag in his throat - also at Talihina.