WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will build a new Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Mansfield. The 24,700 square foot facility—scheduled to open in March 2013—will house primary care and mental health units in one building, replacing the two existing facilities.
“This new VA clinic, right here in Mansfield, will increase access to primary health and mental health care for more Richland County veterans,” Brown said. “Our veterans, who put their lives on the line for our freedom and security, deserve top-notch medical care, and they shouldn’t have to travel far from their homes to receive it. As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I will continue fighting to ensure that veterans in Ohio and across America receive the benefits that they earned with their service.”
Nearly two decades ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs began developing a strategy to expand its ability to provide outpatient primary care to veterans who had to travel long distances to receive care at VA facilities. Today, there are 25 CBOCs in Ohio and nearly 800 CBOCs across the nation. According to the Government Accountability Office, CBOCs improve primary care access, especially for veterans with service-connected disabilities or low-incomes.
Brown, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is the author of several legislative initiatives that would strengthen our nation’s commitment to veterans by improving education reimbursements and expanding outreach for former servicemembers.