Veterans are waiting, and waiting, for a Central Valley VA clinic. What’s taking so long?
Thursday, November 9, 2017
As excerpted from the Sacramento Bee.
The planned 158,000-square-foot, four-floor VA facility just outside Stockton is supposed to offer top-notch, patient-focused services, including primary care, mental health, physical therapy, prosthetics and dental. But under the current schedule, construction won’t start until late 2018 or early 2019. The first patient won’t be treated until summer 2022.
That isn’t soon enough for Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, the latest official to raise a stink about the long wait.
On Monday, she chartered a bus with 20 veterans and family members for the 80-mile ride from Stockton to the state-of-the-art VA medical center in Palo Alto, where area veterans now go for outpatient care they can’t get at smaller clinics. Depending on the traffic over the Altamont Pass, an appointment can take a full day. She also brought along 2,000 signed postcards calling for additional services closer to home.