U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn) today said Tennessee’s veterans will have more options and less travel time for medical treatments now that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced it will open six new clinics in Bolivar and in Campbell, Dyer, Roane, Sevier and Warren counties.
“As a nation, we are forever indebted to the men and women who sacrificed so much to serve in the Armed Forces when called upon,” Alexander said. “Every single one of our wounded soldiers and our veterans should get the best possible medical care after they come home, and these new clinics are a step in the right direction. I will continue to work with the VA and the Tennessee delegation to make sure our veterans are getting the proper care that they deserve. “
“Our veterans have given so much to our country and they deserve to have top quality, accessible health care,” Corker said. “The announcement to open six new clinics comes at a critical time for a population that is experiencing growth in the number of new and aging veterans seeking care through the VA system. I applaud the leadership of the VA for reaching and treating veterans in their own communities and expanding options for care, particularly in Tennessee.”
New clinics were designated as priorities under the VA’s Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) plan, which was completed in 2004 to ensure that the VA uses its resources as effectively and efficiently as possible. The VA currently operates four major medical centers, 13 outpatient clinics, two nursing homes and five vet centers in Tennessee. More than $1.7 billion was spent last year to serve Tennessee’s 512,000 veterans.
Since Fiscal Year 2001, funding for the VA has increased by 86 percent, to $87.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2008.