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Letter to The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Location: Washington, DC

Scalise Stresses Importance of Washington Parish Veterans' Clinic, Urges VA to Act Quickly

Congressman Steve Scalise recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki asking for answers about the Washington Parish Veterans Clinic.

"I am concerned the clinic may not open in a timely manner," Scalise said. "Our military veterans have served our country with honor and it's very important that they have access to quality care. I want to hear from the VA on the status of this project and make sure the clinic opening stays on schedule."

The text of Congressman Scalise's letter follows here:

March 9, 2009

The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Ave, NW
Washington D.C. 20420

Dear Secretary Shinseki:

I am writing to request the status on the opening of the Veterans Clinic in Washington Parish, Louisiana. While I understand progress has been made, I am concerned the clinic will not open in a timely manner. This clinic will be of enormous value to the residents of this parish, and it is critical that the project not be delayed.

I know you appreciate the importance of this clinic to the roughly 4,000 veterans in Washington Parish, and the need for quality healthcare in close proximity to their homes. I urge you and your staff to work diligently in appreciation and respect to our veterans to quickly resolve this matter.

Our military veterans have served our country with honor and it's very important that they have access to quality care. In many cases, veterans in Washington Parish have to travel hours just to receive basic care. I'm pleased that the VA recognized the need for this clinic, but I must stress how imperative it is that this project be completed and opened in an expeditious manner.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding the status of the lease and the projected opening date of this Veterans' Clinic.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this request.


Steve Scalise
Member of Congress

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