TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After years of planning, the new Terre Haute Veterans Affairs Clinic is prepared to serve 10,00 veterans.

One of the clinic’s first patients was an Army veteran Daniel Snider who has been battling skin cancer. Snider says it’s nice to have a place that can help local veterans with their needs.

“I was thrilled because, had to make long trips to Indianapolis and now I can get everything taken care of here,” Snider said.

For some veterans, the new facility also reduces stress levels.

“It takes a lot of stress off of you,” Air Force veteran Paul Weathers said. “I’m disabled so that puts a lot more stress on you if you got to drive to Indianapolis. More traffic, especially in the winter.”

The new facility located on 5080 E. Bill Farr Dr. will observe veterans in the following areas:

  • Primary care
  • Mental health
  • Audiology
  • Radiology
  • Blood draw
  • Physical therapy
  • Optometry
  • Prosthetics
  • Pharmacy

“The clinic should be beneficial for any service that any veteran needs,” Deirdre Epps, site manager for the Terre Haute VA Clinic. We are able to assist with mental health. We have social workers that are on sight as well as we were lucky enough to have the VSO for Vigo County is actually on site with us.”

Snider says veterans in the community are more than excited for the new clinic and he’s been watching it take shape over the last year.

“I’ve been watching it as it comes up and I just thought what a great facility we have have, we’re going to have here and seeing it today just multiples my enthusiasm,” Snider said.

Over the last three years, Snider says he has had countless surgeries and procedures. With the new VA Clinic he says its great to have a place to complete checkups and stay as healthy as possible.