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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is using a $3.9 million grant for new initiatives to reach out to military veterans living in rural Oklahoma including Pawhuska.

The grant, issued to the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee by the VA’s Office of Rural Health, will help create four Home Based Primary Care teams to treat eligible veterans, according to a VA news release.

This program is geared at providing health care services for veterans who may not be able to travel to Muskogee for treatment. The VA is partnering with Indian Health Service and the Osage Nation to bring HBPC services to the Pawhuska area, the release said.

The HBPC teams consist of an interdisciplinary team (doctors, nurse practitioners, etc.) who will travel to patient homes for routine clinic-based care. The VA is hiring to fill HBPC positions.

Positions needed for immediate hire are physicians, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists/ physical therapists, kinesiotherapists, psychologists and pharmacists. Addition positions (including social workers and dieticians) will be sought at later dates.

For more information, visit the job postings online at www.usajobs.gov or call human resources at (918) 577-3600.

The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee serves about 44,000 enrolled veterans in 25 eastern Oklahoma counties.