Feb 28, 2013 5:01 PM

Landrieu, Boustany file bill to keep VA clinics open

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., R-La., today introduced the "Keep Our Commitment to Veterans Act," which will authorize Lafayette's community-based outpatient clinic to keep its doors open, as well as keep a proposed new VA clinic in Lake Charles alive.

The legislation will ensure congressional approval for veterans' health services in southwest Louisiana while longer term solutions are sought at the national level.

"The veterans in South Louisiana have faced continued delays and problems with clinics in Lake Charles and Lafayette, and the latest issue is now with the leases for these clinics." Landrieu said.

Boustany also claimed the introduction of the bill as a victory for local veterans.

"Veterans in South Louisiana face yet another mishap as the result of the VA. The current lease on the VA clinic in Lafayette expires on November 13th. Veterans deserve a long-term solution," Boustany said. "With demand increasing and existing resources strained, our veterans already face delays, overcrowding, and longer traveling distances when seeking care."



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