United States Congressional Jeff Van Drew, R-NJ-2, has provided an important update about the long-awaited Atlantic County Veterans Healthcare clinic.

The clinic will double in size and move from its current Northfield, New Jersey location to Linwood … a move of 2 miles.

It will serve Veterans as an outpatient clinic.

There will be no disruption in service, as the Northfield location will continue to serve Veterans until the new Linwood clinic opens.

About the new Veterans clinic Van Drew said:

"For the last four years, I have been actively involved in ensuring that this expansion of veteran health care services would come to fruition, and have fought relentlessly every step of the way," said Van Drew.

"We have thousands of Veterans in South Jersey, and they deserve the highest quality of care, and now, our Veterans will have access to three state of the art clinics between Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. This is a huge announcement, and I am proud of the work we have accomplished to ensure our Veterans have the care they deserve,” said Van Drew.

"Now that we have approval to proceed with 1201 Linwood Acquisitions, LLC we can begin design of the new site," said Kim Butler, Associate Director, Wilmington VAMC. "As design of this new, state of the art clinic, progresses we look forward to involving our staff and stakeholders to ensure we best meet the current and future needs of our Veterans."

During the past 5 years, there has been a 12 percent increase in the number of veterans served from South Jersey.

Jeffery Beiler, Interim Director, Wilmington VAMC said "Our goal is to provide more services to our Veterans in their communities.

The new and expanded clinic will allow for an increase in the services offered. Additionally, services will expand to include: x-ray, CT scan, and physical therapy.

It will be the only Veterans clinic in South Jersey that provides on-site radiology. This will greatly reduce travel times for our Veterans to access essential healthcare services. "I also want to thank former Director Vince Kane for being a true champion for the South Jersey Veteran community." said Van Drew. "He has fought for the expansion of health care services for our Veterans and I am proud of the work we have done for the heroic men and women in South Jersey,” said Van Drew.

To enroll for VA health care, Veterans can go to https:// www.va.gov/health-care/eligibility or visit your nearest VA medical center or clinic enrollment office.

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