VA Clinic may break ground in 2012

Breaking ground for VA Clinic in Lake Charles, Fall 2012

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Federal officials expect to break ground on a new Veteran's Administration clinic by late 2012, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs announced.

"We are working on Lafayette as well but Lake Charles is most likely getting their VA clinic first", said Tammy Arnold, Public Affairs for Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

Arnold said she is working closely with Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach to bring the clinic to fruition.

The closest outpatient VA clinics to Lake Charles are in Jennings, Louisiana or Beaumont, Texas.  For more serious health concerns and surgeries, veterans have to travel to either Houston or Alexandria.

From the desk of Alexandria Public Affairs Office, VA Medical Center:

"The VA acquires space in accordance with Federal procurement laws and VA and GSA regulations and policies through a competitive process.  The Alexandria VAHCS (AVAHCS) is currently editing the proposed contract lease documents to be granted legal sufficiency by General Counsel.  The proposed contract lease will then go before the Contract Review Board and upon approval the contract lease will be forwarded to Real Property Office, Washington DC.  Upon final acceptance/approval by Washington DC, a contract will be awarded to be followed with the ground breaking for construction with a 12 month lead time for construction."