TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Veterans had the opportunity to be a part of history as they signed a beam that will be constructed into the new VA medical center.
Those in attendance also had the chance to learn about the many different services available at the new clinic. Some of those services include, physical therapy, home based care, basic imaging, and mental health teams.
“It’s not only healthcare. It’s mental healthcare. It’s socialization and it is a connection that many found to be of greatest importance in their life,” stated medical center director, Laura Ruzick. “It is renewing that and revitalizing that and hopefully helping some people have a better life.”
The facility will be able to provide health care services to 10,000 veterans. VA officials believe this new facility will change veteran’s lives.
“Mental health is an extremely important aspect of everyone’s life. Returning veterans or veterans from our communities that have lived here in the Terre Haute community for years,” explained veteran Patrick Hoekstra. “It’s important to be able to come in and get the services that they require so they can get back to whatever normal is to them.”
The clinic was authorized in August of 2017 by the president and congress as part of the Veterans Choice 2.0 legislation. The clinic is expected to open its doors next fall.