Veterans' New Health Clinics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The federal government is planning to open new medical clinics across the state to meet the growing needs of veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a new building in Charleston to house its outpatient clinic. The facility currently serves about 67-hundred patients, but is getting about 800 new patients every year.

Officials say the current Kanawha City clinic is just too small to meet demand. The V-A wants a building nearly twice the size of the current clinic.

They hope to have a new building within eight months. There are about 22-thousand veterans in Kanawha County, although the clinic serves patients from as far away as Bluefield and Clarksburg.

In Monongalia County, the federal government is looking to build an entirely new clinic.

Officials say that clinic could open within the next 12 months, and would serve veterans from Monongalia, Preston and Wetzel counties.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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