Today, Congressman Mike Michaud joined Maine veterans at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for a new women's clinic at the Togus VA Medical Center. Michaud had previously toured the women's clinic prior to its opening when he visited Togus in April with Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Michaud serves as Ranking Member on the Committee.
"It's always an honor for me to be here at Togus, talking and meeting with our veterans," said Michaud. "One of the reasons VA healthcare is important is because it delivers care tailored to the needs of our veterans, many of whom have service-specific medical conditions. That goes for our female veterans as well, and this clinic is a step toward ensuring that every single person who has served their country has access to the high-quality healthcare they deserve."
Togus is the oldest veterans' facility in the country, having opened in the fall of 1866. The new clinic officially opened on May 5th and provides specialized care to female veterans. Michaud and Chairman Miller toured Togus together earlier this spring, meeting with facility staff and veterans, and participating in a roundtable discussion.
Michaud is currently serving on the conference committee of 28 House and Senate lawmakers tasked with finalizing VA healthcare legislation. It is the first formal conference committee for the Veterans' Affairs Committee since 1999.