Military veterans in Bartholomew and surrounding counties should have an easier time getting quality medical care after a new clinic opens in March near Camp Atterbury.
Tom Crawford is the Bartholomew County Veterans Services Officer. He says that while the clinic will provide many services to area veterans, it won’t be a full-service hospital, at least not yet. He says the clinic will be staffed by doctors and nurses and will be utilized as a “staging area” where veterans can go for minor issues and illnesses. Crawford says that for major medical issues, including x-rays and CAT-scans, vets will still need to visit a full-service VA medical center.
Crawford says that this clinic has been years in the making and something area veterans are constantly asking about. He adds that this clinic is special, as it marks the first time that the Veterans Administration has joined with the National Guard to embark on such a project. Crawford adds that both sides agreed that Camp Atterbury was the perfect spot for this clinic, as as the facility is not being utilized to its fullest and that space existed for such an endeavor.
A grand opening ceremony for the Atterbury clinic is set for March 30th and will include remarks from Gov. Mike Pence, as well as local and Congressional officials.