U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and U.S. Representative Jack Kingston, R-Ga., today praised the announcement that the Department of Veterans Affairs has finally signed a lease to open its new community-based outpatient clinic in Brunswick, Ga.
"Community-based outpatient clinics are an integral and critical part of providing veterans access to the very best care and services," said Isakson, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. "I am pleased the contracting issues that have delayed the opening of the clinic for so long have finally been resolved. I will continue to work with the VA to ensure that this facility becomes a reality so that veterans in Brunswick and the surrounding areas receive the level of VA care they deserve."
"I'm pleased the VA was able to resolve the leasing issues and move forward with the long-awaited clinic," said Chambliss. "This is good news for our veterans in the area who have served our nation with honor. They deserve access to the medical care they need."
"Finally the red tape has been cut," said Kingston. "This has been an incredibly long process with lots of people from Brunswick to Washington never giving up. We'll continue to fight until the doors are open and our area's veterans are getting the care they need. We're not popping the corks yet but will go ahead and buy the champagne."
Isakson, Chambliss and Kingston have been fighting for over a year to get an answer from the VA on its commitment to bring a community-based outpatient clinic to Brunswick. Contracting issues delayed the delivery of timely and quality healthcare to veterans in the Brunswick area, according to the VA.
The VA has not announced an opening date for the clinic.
In August 2009, Isakson chaired a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee field hearing in Jesup, Ga., to examine the services provided by community-based outpatient clinics, the role the clinics play in providing care for rural veterans and issues related to future clinics, including the one planned for Brunswick.