After the end of World War II the country’s commitment to its veterans strengthened, including implementing hospitals and other medical facilities solely for their care. In 1951, The Erie VA Medical Center opened, serving veterans in a nine-county area including Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and southwestern New York. The Erie VAMC is currently recognized as a top-performing medical center, delivering quality healthcare for local veterans. The Erie location is the parent facility for five community-based outpatient clinics located in Ashtabula, Ohio, and Meadville, Bradford, Franklin, and Warren, Pennsylvania. These outpatient clinics provide local residents with primary and behavioral health services without the need to travel long distances.
The Erie VAMC offers several services for veterans ranging from inpatient and outpatient care to specialty programs and therapies. The pharmacy located at Erie VAMC is part of their health-e online program, allowing veterans to refill prescriptions online, over the phone, by mail, or in person. Dental and vision care is also offered, as well as transportation services to and from the facility. A comprehensive list of their services and programs is provided below:
- Behavioral Health
- Cardiac Lab
- Coumadin Clinic
- Homeless Services
- Imaging (X-Ray)
- Mammogram Scheduling
- MRI Scheduling
- Occupational Therapy
- Oncology Clinic
- Optometry Clinic
- Physical Therapy
Should a veteran’s care require action beyond the scope of the Erie VAMC, recommendation can be made for Pittsburg, Cleveland, and Buffalo area hospitals and facilities. The OEF/OIF program is fairly new component of the VA office and stands for the operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. There is also one known as Operation New Dawn. These programs are available for active duty, National Guard, and Reserve members of the Armed Forces, as well as veterans, specializing in those troops who have served in Gulf War operations and other Middle-East conflicts. The Erie VAMC also participates in special programs for combat veterans including most of the services listed above, as well as sexual trauma counseling, stress management, and substance abuse counseling.
For those veterans who are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless, Erie VAMC offers a wide range of resources including transitional and permanent housing, case management, and other supportive services. The treatment methods associated with these programs enable homeless or at risk veterans to develop skills which will allow them to have a better quality of life and live independently.
The Erie VA Medical Center is located at: 135 East 38th Street Boulevard
Erie, Pennsylvania 16504 For more information they can be reached at 814.868.8661