Washington, D.C.—Iowa Congressman Tom Latham has announced that the United States Veterans Administration (VA) has approved a new outpatient clinic in Decorah, Iowa. Congressman Latham has been working with Secretary of the VA James B. Peake on this issue since the early part of 2008.
"Our nation's veterans were made a promise, and I've been working to ensure the federal government keeps that promise. Secretary Peake and I have made sure that the veterans of Decorah will have access to quality health care through this new outpatient clinic, rather than having to travel to distant VA clinics at a cost of great time and money."
The new outpatient clinic will address the health care needs of veterans in northeast Iowa, with specific services and a location to be detailed as planning for the facility continues. Starting in February of this year, Congressman Latham began communications with the Veterans Administration requesting the creation of this facility. In early September, Latham and Secretary Peake sat down and discussed the facility face-to-face.
The Congressman expects the clinic to be open as early as fall of 2009.