06.26.08

Burr Announces Approval Of New North Carolina Veterans Clinics

Robeson, Rutherford clinics will allow greater access to VA care

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced the approval of two new Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) for North Carolina. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plans to construct the CBOCs in Robeson and Rutherford counties and open them to patients within fifteen months. The two clinics will provide primary and preventative care to local veterans who otherwise would have to travel many miles to get their health care. The Robeson County facility is expected to serve 1,600 veterans and the Rutherford County facility is expected to serve 2,700 veterans.

"I applaud VA for building these new clinics, which will allow veterans to receive excellent health care much closer to home," Burr said. "VA has responded to North Carolina's growing veteran population by opening more of these clinics where veterans live. I will follow these two projects closely and look forward to the opening of these two clinics."

CBOCs provide primary and preventative care such as physicals, disease screening, patient education, routine lab work, and immunizations. Veterans requiring specialized care will continue to receive treatment at their local VA Medical Center. When the Robeson and Rutherford clinics are complete, VA will be operating thirteen CBOCs in North Carolina.