Aug 21, 2014 12:20 PM by KATC

VA Email to Boustany: Lafayette, Lake Charles VA hospitals to open winter after next

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R-South Louisiana) says he's been told that new VA hospitals in Lafayette and Lake Charles may be completed as early as the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016.

Boustany said he received confirmation from the Department of Veterans' Affairs Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs that the VA has set a timeline for the awarding of leases and the completion of construction for VA clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles. Legislation championed by Representative Boustany authorizing the two clinics was passed through Congress and signed into law earlier this year.

In an email to Boustany's office, VA Congressional Relations Officer Michael Huff stated: "VA is committed to awarding the Lake Charles and Lafayette leases within six months of authorization, which would be February 2015. VA anticipates completion of construction of Lake Charles in Summer 2015, or 6 months after lease award, and completion of construction in Lafayette in Winter 2015/2016, or 12 months after lease award.

"Finally South Louisiana veterans have a deadline they can look forward to on the construction of these important clinics. This is another step forward in the march toward the completion of these facilities that will provide the standard of care our veterans deserve. I will hold the VA fully accountable to their deadline, because our veterans have waited long enough for the completion of this process. It's time to put shovel to dirt and finally get this done," Boustany said.



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