New Terre Haute VA location prompts mixed opinions

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The new $40 million Veterans Affairs clinic is going to be built on Terre Haute’s east side in the summer on 2020, but the community has mixed reactions about the location.

Officials with the VA said the building would combine Terre Haute’s two current facilities into one convenient location on 12 acres behind the Walmart on State Road 46.

“I think there is going to be some rebuttal out of it eventually,” said Clifford Stephens, a local veteran. “Some of the people I’ve talked to are not in favor of it being out there either.”

But others believe the new clinic will be a huge benefit to their lives.

Jean Macak, whose husband is a veteran, said this new facility will make it easier for her family and other veterans who struggle to travel to Indianapolis and back.

Indianapolis and Danville, Ill. are the closest VA clinic locations.

“He will go more often to get his eyes checked, which he needs to do,” she said. “And get glasses when he needs to because he doesn’t drive very well and for him to get to go to Indianapolis it’s a chore.”

VA officials announced Wednesday the new clinic will be built in Terre Haute. This new facility will serve up to 10,000 veterans and add specialties into the new location.

A new addition would be video calls with doctors at the VA in Indianapolis.

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