Vets clinic study signed into law

Jun 11, 2018
Vets clinic study signed into law

Marianas veterans, who are not registered for VA health benefits, need to do so now. President Trump signed the VA MISSION Act, which requires a feasibility study for a veterans’ health clinic in the Marianas. I put Section 213 into the legislation to advance the goal of getting our own Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. We are the only Pacific jurisdiction without a C-BOC. But, for the study to prove a need, we need every veteran to be counted. The more vets we have signed up with the VA, the more likely the study will justify the cost of building a clinic and hiring full-time VA medical staff to provide services.

The VA now has 180 days to complete the study. Once done—and assuming we get the result we want—then funding will be at the top of my to-do list, when the next Congress begins in January 2019. Getting a favorable feasibility study is the same strategy we used successfully to expand the AAFES troop store on Saipan.