U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected a site in Mackinaw City to house the new Community Based Outpatient Clinic for Cheboygan County. The new clinic will ease the burden of veterans throughout the area who regularly make long and often difficult trips to VA hospitals in other parts of the state to receive basic medical services. Construction will soon begin and the VA estimates that the clinic will be opened this year.
Senator Debbie Stabenow said: "This is welcome news for our Cheboygan-area veterans who have made great sacrifices in defense of our country. Keeping our promise to our veterans begins by providing each of them access to the health care services they have earned and this new clinic will do just that."
Michael Wise, Cheboygan County Veterans Service Coordinator said: "This new clinic will help so many veterans in Northern Michigan get the care they deserve, preventing them from having to make the long drives to clinics across the state. This would not have been possible had it not been for Senator Stabenow's tireless efforts and her support for Northern Michigan veterans."
Senator Stabenow has led the effort to secure this VA health clinic and strengthen veterans' access to health care in the Cheboygan region for years. She worked and met with area veterans and community leaders to gain approval for this facility. She also personally hand delivered a petition that included over 5,000 signatures to the Secretary of the VA, urging him to increase access to veterans' health care in the region.