Veterans in the greater Shreveport-Bossier area are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 16 — the South Central VA Health Care Network, with the nearest major medical center in Shreveport, less than 15 minutes from Barksdale AFB. VISN 16 serves more than 445,000 veterans each year with 10 medical centers and 40 community-based outpatient clinics throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi and portions of Texas, Missouri, Alabama and Florida. The closest community outpatient clinic is in Shreveport.
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
510 E. Stoner Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71101
Care Line 800-644-8370
The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is affiliated with the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and works collaboratively with the 2nd Medical Group at Barksdale AFB. The VAMC provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology and psychiatry and a broad spectrum of outpatient services. The following is a list of community-based outpatient clinics and the vet center in Shreveport. For a full list of clinics and other facilities, see the website.
Knight Street Clinic
3000 Knight St., Building 5
Shreveport, LA 71105
Shreveport Vet Center
2800 Youree Drive, Building 1, Suite 105
Shreveport, LA 71104
Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
VA Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255
The Department of Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for Louisiana’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources. Veterans within the state can receive health care from a variety of facilities including hospitals, community clinics and veterans homes. Combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll for enhanced care in the VA health care system for five years from their date of discharge or release. The enrollment period begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active-duty service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date. Veterans, including activated reservists and National Guard members, are eligible if they served on active duty in combat after Nov. 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
LDVA operates two service offices in the area:
Bossier Parish Service Office
2292 Barksdale Blvd.
Bossier City, LA 71112
Caddo Parish Service Office
1031 Creswell St.
Shreveport, LA 71101