Since being scheduled for closure in 2004, Senator Patty Murray, veterans and other community leaders have been working to save the Walla Walla VA Outpatient Clinic.
Today, Murray helps cut the ribbon at the new state-of the art facility.
In 2009, Murray introduced and passed into law legislation authorizing $71.4 million in federal funding for the construction of the 67,000 sq. ft. outpatient clinic.
The clinic will provide a wide array of services in addition to primary care, including: gender-specific care for women veterans, behavioral health care, outpatient surgery and specialty care and much more.
Murray says this is a milestone and she's proud of this community.
"I'm really proud, my dad grew up in Kennewick. He was a WWII veteran. I wish he was here to see that what he fought for and what other people fought for, the freedom in our country, is not forgotten," said Murray.
The clinic will provide services to thousands of veterans in southeastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
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