July 17, 2014 — The long battle to gain a new veterans clinic continues, but there is some good news. The extremely small clinic at the corner of Pinhook and General Mouton in Lafayette is the only place for veterans of the Acadiana area to go in order to gain medical aid.
A strong group of former vets in the area has been working with both Democrats and Republican senators, congressmen and state representatives to get a new major clinic built not only in Lafayette but Lake Charles as well to serve past and present veterans with their health needs.
"The politics involved in this beyond recognition almost. I just think that we need to get down and get the work done. We just need to get these clinics moving so that we can get out of this 10,000 square foot clinic and get into one that is three to four times larger and get some more services going."
"We even got some specialty care going here so our veterans can get better care here and not have to travel as much to these other locations to get their care."
The area advocates have been trying for almost five years to get that new facility in Lafayette and just yesterday got some much good news that came with veterans affairs secretary
David Lacerte saying the Lafayette and Lake Charles VA clinics could receive that long awaited federal authorization within the next couple of weeks. FOX 15 will keep you updated on this important issue.