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New Veterans Affairs Clinic to Be Built in Missoula

Officials say the clinic would serve more than 47,000 veterans in the western Montana area

MISSOULA — A U.S. senator for Montana has introduced plans to build a veterans affairs clinic on a vacant plot of land in Missoula.

The Missoulian reported Tuesday that Sen. Jon Tester announced a location was chosen for a new community-based outpatient clinic for veterans.

Officials say the clinic would serve more than 47,000 veterans in the western Montana area and would have expanded primary care, mental health and specialty services.

Officials say veterans in this area had to work with an undersized clinic and overworked staff.

The Democratic senator says the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act was passed in 2017 and set aside about $7 million in federal funding for the project.

Montana Veterans Affairs could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The clinic is expected to open in 2022.