WALLA WALLA, Wash-- Senator Patty Murray has been at the forefront of building a new vet center. She first introduced the bill last month; it would build a new outpatient clinic at the VA Medical Center in Walla Walla. The bill passed the senate by a unanimous vote.
It's now one of 28 VA centers nationwide that will see added care. The senator says because so many troops are coming home with PTSD and other health issues, the support level needs to be at its highest.
So here's how it will work: any veteran who's served is eligible for free care, as well as their family. But it doesn't stop there; family members of serviceman who die on active duty will also get free health care.
"This is extremely important," stresses Senator Murray. "The men and women who serve us overseas give so much for this country, and it's one of my priorities to make sure when they come home, that they and their family get what they need and that's what this vet center will supply."
The new vet center should be up and running in 2010.