West Texas VA Health Care System
Veteran Care Beyond your Appointment
Mr. Otho Henry has the distinctive honor of being the oldest Veteran in our care at the West Texas VA Health Care System in Big Spring, Texas. He was born at home on August 24th, 1913 in Waelder, Texas. John Henry, Otho’s father, ran a grocery store in Waelder and Vinnie, his mother, took care of Otho and his two sisters and one brother. Mr. Henry has fond memories of his mother raising chickens.
Mr. Otho Henry entered the service as a young African American at age 28 and achieved the rank of Corporal in the Army in the Quartermaster Unit. Mr. Henry was first stationed in Wyoming and then was sent to England and France during World War II. His troop fought alongside the white soldiers in the front lines. During this time there was a separate camp for the black soldiers. He remembers doing some of everything. For example, in the Quartermaster Unit Mr. Henry drove supply trucks and kept the soldiers supplied with food and ammunition. Mr. Henry was also part of the D-Day landing in France and later fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Germany. He was in Germany when peace was declared and later went home in 1947.
Mr. Henry is now a distinguished gentleman in our care in our Community Living Center.
The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) offers several options for long term care for our Veterans including the Community Nursing Home program for Veterans who are 70% service connected or greater. This program allows the Veteran to remain in their community in a nursing home facility that has a VA contract.
In our Community Living Center (CLC), we offer short stay treatment with skilled nursing for wound care, medication management, and short stay rehabilitation for both Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. We also offer respite care to provide caregivers relief for up to 13 days, and hospice/end of life care.
The WTVAHCS will soon be initiating the Medical Foster Home Program. This program finds people in the community who are willing to open up their homes to house Veterans who are unable to live on their own but do not necessarily need the extensive care of a nursing home.
For more information on these programs and additional long term care programs please contact Jane Witte at 1-800-472-1365, ext. 7384.