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New veterans clinic coming to Port City

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Congressman Mike McIntyre visited the VA clinic in Wilmington with some good news about their health care. He announced plans for an expanded clinic that will offer veterans specialty medical attention, without having to drive to Fayetteville.

McIntyre said, “We have one of the fastest growing veterans populations of any district, really in the nation, between Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, and Sunny Point.”

That’s why a new 100,000 square foot facility is so necessary for Wilmington.

“When you’ve got 77,000 veterans living in southeastern North Carolina, and that population is ever expanding, we want to make sure those who are coming home from serving our country over seas, as well as those in times passed have served our country, get the health care that they deserve and that they’ve earned.”

Veteran Fred Johnson said, “The building here i guess does well, but if they have more services, it would enhance more veterans to come out and they could be better served.”

The new center will be equipped with a lab, pharmacy, dental clinic, x-ray machines, and cardiology, and disease specialists.

“For the veterans in the Wilmington area, they won’t have to come to Fayetteville for a lot of the specialty services that they now still have to come to even though we have a clinic here,” said Bruce Triplett, Director of Fayetteville VA Medical Center.

The current outpatient clinic is about 8,000 square feet. The new clinic is going to be more than 10 times the size of that, at about 100,000 square feet. It will also have the ability to expand as our vet population continues to grow.

The Veteran’s Administration has also gotten approval to open outpatient clinics in Brunswick and Robeson counties.

“What a great way to be able to celebrate Veteran’s Day by in a tangible way, on behalf of the United States to say thank you to those who have given that service,” McIntyre said.

The project will cost roughly 95 million dollars in federal funds.

The current outpatient clinic is expected to close and the new center open in June 2011. The new facility will be in Wilmington, but the exact location has not yet been announced.

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videoCongressman Mike McIntyre visited the VA clinic in Wilmington with some good news about their health care. He announced plans for an expanded clinic that will offer veterans specialty medical attention, without having to drive to Fayetteville.

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