Phelan sends letter to the President requesting a VA Hospital in Southeast Texas

Published 9:54 am Wednesday, January 8, 2020

To The Leader


State Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) sent a letter, on Tuesday, to President Trump voicing his concern for the lack of reliable healthcare options for over 1.6 million veterans in Texas and asking for the Veterans Administration to consider buying or leasing two possible venues in Southeast Texas to establish a new VA Medical Inpatient Hospital.  

The two-venue options that Representative Phelan suggests for consideration are Baptist Orange Hospital and St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.  

“I am privileged to represent Orange and Jefferson Counties in the Texas House of Representatives. One of the greatest things about my district is the large population of veterans that I am able to represent.  There are over 22,000 veterans who live in Orange and Jefferson Counties. Sadly, we are unable to properly care for our veterans in Southeast Texas, because the nearest VA Medical Inpatient Hospital is over 100 miles away,” stated Representative Phelan. “Veterans and their families have sacrificed so much for our country and they desperately deserve proper medical care.” 

Representative Phelan is serving his third term in the Texas House of Representatives. He proudly serves House District 21, representing both Jefferson and Orange Counties.  He serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on State Affairs.

The Letter can be read Here