Support grows for keeping VA hospital in Bonham
BONHAM, Texas (KTEN) — It's been two weeks since we learned that essential services at the Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham could be relocated.
On Tuesday, Fannin County Commissioners got an update on that proposal.
"Even in court today, we had people testifying as to how good and how clean the VA Center is," said County Judge Randy Moore, who found it to be a common theme during a meeting he had last week with representatives from the VA in Dallas.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is considering a proposal to move the VA nursing center and domiciliary section to Fort Worth, Texas — almost a two-hour drive from Bonham.
"It would be very hard to move a 5-star center somewhere else," Moore said. "If you are doing the best you possibly can, why would we move it? It would not make economic sense."
Bonham's VA hospital is the county's largest employer with more than 600 people working to offer treatment to veterans across the region.
"There's a lot of people that come here to this county for Veterans Administration assistance," Moore said. "All those people that come here? They stop at restaurants, some spend the night."
Judge Moore is confident that Bonham can retain the Sam Rayburn Center.
"There is a time period in here that if we will take action quickly, we may be able to stop this thing dead in its tracks," he said.
Moore urges VA patients and others in Fannin County to contact their state and federal representatives so they will know how important the Bonham center is.
"We have a lot of people in this area who rely on that for treatment of all different kinds of issues, and we need to do everything we can to try and keep it," said state Rep. Reggie Smith (R-District 62).