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New V.A. clinic opens

LUDLOW - Veterans living in southern Vermont will now find it more convenient to visit the new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic located in downtown Brattleboro.

The V.A. clinic opened June 26 with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Up until last week, southern Vermont veterans had to travel to either the V.A. hospital in White River Junction or to V.A. clinics in Bennington, Colchester, and Rutland for health care. The Brattleboro facility provides convenience and ease of access to what is estimated to be 1,000 to 1,500 veteran patients that are expected to use the new facility.

Sen. Sanders, a member of the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and outspoken advocate for the medical concerns of veterans, told visiting veterans, guests, and news reporters that the new clinic, and others like it across Vermont provide timely access to quality health care closer to where veterans actually live.

"We must ensure our veterans have access to convenient, quality health care when they return to Vermont," Sanders said.

Sanders said the new clinic operates as a satellite of the V.A. hospital in White River Junction.

Following Sanders greeting, Andrew LaCasse of the Veterans Affairs Department welcomed veterans to the clinic.

"Once your eligibility level has been determined," he said. "Basic services are available free of charge or, in certain circumstances, with a nominal surcharge."

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