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Vitter: VA Needs to Provide Full Services to the Acadiana, Southwest Louisiana Veterans


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue progress on providing full services to Veterans in Lafayette and Lake Charles until the Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) are open. Today the VA held an open house in celebration of the opening of its temporary mobile clinics in Lake Charles. These limited services are being offered to Louisiana veterans as a result of a procedural error made by the VA that resulted in the cancelation of both the Lake Charles and Lafayette clinics.

"The VA made a commitment to providing all specialties and services for veterans, but their mobile clinic will only have limited services available. I'm going to continue working with all parties involved so we can get a top-notch facility in Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana up and running as soon as possible to ensure that we meet the needs of our veterans in the area, but they need to make all services available immediately," Vitter said. "This process has been painfully slow, but I'm going to follow through on this until the end to ensure that veterans in the area have access to the highest standards of care."

Earlier this week the VA announced that the Acadiana CBOC procurements are proceeding on schedule. Both clinics are set to be completed by August 2012.

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