In celebration of the first-ever National Rural Health Day, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today praised the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for its commitment to opening rural Community Based Outpatient Clinics across Michigan. These new clinics ease the burden of veterans in rural communities who regularly make long and often difficult trips to VA hospitals in other parts of the state to receive basic medical services.
"As we celebrate the first-ever National Rural Health Day, I want to commend the VA for its commitment to opening rural community health clinics across Michigan. It is simply unacceptable that many veterans have to drive hundreds of miles to receive basic health care services. By bringing new health clinics to Michigan, we are making sure our veterans have access to the critical health benefits and services they have earned."
Sen. Stabenow has worked in partnership with the VA and local veteran leaders to make sure that veterans get the care they need and bring veterans health clinics to Michigan. The Cheboygan County clinic had its grand opening in Mackinaw City last week. In the past four years, new clinics have also opened in Alpena, Bad Axe, Clare, and Cadillac. A new clinic in Grayling is expected to open in late 2012 or early 2013.
Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found at www.celebratepowerofrural.org.