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Veteran's Affairs Clinic Expanding

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Veteran's Clinic in Richland is making a move. The new building will be almost a third larger than the old one.

People working at the Veteran's Affairs Clinic in Richland say they are in desperate need of the space the new building provides. Thursday night, VA officials told veterans about the move from the current building on Stevens Drive to the new location in the Richland Federal Building.

They hope with the new building will serve the 17,000 vets in the area better than before. The clinic will employ 20 people including doctors, nurses, and a psychiatrist.

Vietnam Era Veteran Steve Prince says, "It's gonna help a lot, we're gonna have a bigger medical facility, we'll be able to treat more veterans, it'll eliminate veterans having to drive to Walla Walla and farther to get care."

     Some people had concerns that with the new space, more vets would use the clinic and VA employees would be overworked. But, VA officials says if it happens they will not hesitate to hire more help.