WALLA WALLA, Wash. - In a surprise announcement Friday, Veterans Affairs Secretary James Nicholson said the Veterans's Medical Services will stay in Walla Walla.
Nicholson said a new outpatient clinic will provide medical care for veterans in Eastern Washington, replacing an aging hospital.
The veterans affairs medical center serves about 69,000 veterans in Washington and neighboring Oregon and Idaho. For several years, it's been threatened with closure.
Nicholson said the new facility will provide state-of-the-art outpatient services, including primary care and mental health care.
Nicholson said the new facility will be located on the current Walla Walla campus. The rest of the campus will be used for housing.