WASHINGTON, DC.—U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced plans to open a new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) community-based clinic in Hazard and bring health care closer to where veterans live. The VA plans for it to be operational in the spring of 2008.
“Our veterans bravely fought to keep our nation free from tyranny and ruthless dictators and they willingly went into harms way to protect our most cherished freedoms,” said Rogers. “The nation owes our veterans a health care system that is world class, convenient and accessible.”
Negotiations have been completed and an agreement signed with the Appalachian Regional Hospital to locate the VA clinic in a former Wal-Mart building located in the Black Gold Shopping Center on State Route15 in Hazard. This clinic will be part of a large medical mall being built by the hospital at that site.
Nearly 9,000 veterans live in Perry and surrounding counties. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers works to bring important services to the fifth district.