Norton Sounds Alarm on Scheduled Closing for D.C.’s Only Veteran Outpatient Clinic

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released a letter today she sent to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Robert Wilkie, requesting that the VA stop the closure of the Southeast Washington Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), which is set for September 30, 2019, after the location’s lease expires.

This VA outpatient clinic is the only location in the District of Columbia, where veterans can receive a multitude of medical and preventative health care services, including health education, mental health services, and addiction counseling.  Tomorrow, the House Subcommittee on Government Operations will hold a hearing titled “Ensuring Quality Health Care for Our Veterans,” where Norton will press the VA for answers.

Norton’s letter reads, in part: “This CBOC is the only VA-operated outpatient clinic in the District of Columbia and provides basic medical and preventative health care, health education, mental health services, addiction counseling, comprehensive women’s health care and nutritional counseling to eligible veterans.  This facility also provides referral services to veterans who require specialized care.  If this CBOC closes when its lease expires on September 30, 2019, D.C. will lose its only outpatient VA health care facility.”