Two local, wheelchair-bound veterans cut a red, white and blue ribbon Thursday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the local VA’s new, 5,000-square-foot clinic for spinal cord injuries.
Standing next to Northern Arizona Veteran Affairs Health Care Center Director Barbara Oemcke, U.S. Army veterans Eriberto “Eddie” Alvarez and Ken Briefer wielded scissors to open the new clinic, which will allow for expansion of services for those with spinal injuries due to either illness or traumatic injury. Alvarez suffered a spinal cord injury in 2002 and has been receiving care at the VA since 2006. Briefer is one of the VA’s spinal cord patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
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