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Home » Archives » August 2009 » Vets Complain To Larsen On FH VA Clinic Loss

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08/10/2009: "Vets Complain To Larsen On FH VA Clinic Loss"


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(Larsen and VA officials at American Legion)


Representative Rick Larsen heard complaints Monday about the impact on health care when he held a meeting with veterans in Friday Harbor.

The opening of a VA (Veterans’ Administration) clinic in Mt. Vernon resulted in the termination of staffing for the VA clinic in San Juan County.

The problem for 2,500 vets in the county -the largest per capita number in the state- is not just the expense and time of making a trip to the mainland, but that the enrollment in the Mt. Vernon clinic is over subscribed, and there is a waiting list of over 500 vets.

According to a story by Tina Barnes in a recent newsletter sent to members of the San Juan Island American Legion, it is important to “let the Seattle VA board know how important that clinic [in Friday Harbor] was to all of us.”

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