VA Outpatient Clinics at Risk

The American Legion recently submitted written testimony to a House hearing in Washington, warning that many community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) across the country, operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will not be replaced when their leases expire. Congress failed to provide funding for the CBOCs because of concerns over the high cost. For example, if VA were to sign a 20-year lease for a building in Valparaiso, Ind., to serve as a CBOC for veterans in the greater Chicago area, the department would have to budget for the entire 20-year amount in the first fiscal year of the lease. The Legion questioned the validity of such a budget-scoring process in its written testimony for the hearing by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs: "Assessing VA's Capital Investment Options to Provide Veterans' Care." The written testimony submitted by the American Legion is available in an MS-Word file.

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