Yesterday, the office of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann hosted a third informational meeting for local community and veterans leaders regarding the proposed veterans' Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Bachmann, who was unable to be at this meeting because of scheduled votes in Washington, D.C., has been working for more than a year to get long-stalled plans for the CBOC moving again. Bachmann said, "I am pleased that the veterans health clinic is finally progressing and that area veterans will soon have access to a new, convenient health care option."
Lee Wiech, Contracting Officer for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Mike Koopmeiners, MD, Medical Director for the CBOC program at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, were both on hand to answer questions and fill in some of the blanks about the process. Bids for the CBOC were received from September 1- September 15th and several locations in Anoka and Sherburne Counties are on the table.
Previously, local veterans and public officials had expressed concern that the clinic appeared headed for construction in Maple Grove. Bachmann has worked hard to ensure that the site would be in a location central to veterans unable to conveniently travel to either of the VA medical centers in St. Cloud and Minneapolis. "This clinic is about serving veterans," said Bachmann. "And, making it convenient and accessible to the large number of veterans in Minnesota's Sixth District is my highest priority."