Springfield veterans' clinic comes closer to reality

Monday, October 10, 2011 | 8:20 a.m. CDT; updated 9:16 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 10, 2011

SPRINGFIELD — President Barack Obama signed a bill last week that authorizes a $6.5 million veterans' outpatient facility in Springfield, but it is still unclear if the clinic will be built.

Congress still must provide the funding to build the clinic, and the budgeting process has stalled because of partisan disagreements over the national debt.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that the clinic would replace a clinic in Mount Vernon. The current clinic is within a 30-minute drive for about 17,000 veterans. The new clinic would increase that number by nearly 7,000.

The clinic is part of more than $1 billion in construction and renovation of Veterans Affairs medical facilities that Obama has proposed..


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