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$71.4 Million Given To VA Medical Center in Walla Walla For New Facility

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WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- Many veterans can look forward to a new outpatient facility being built at the Jonathan Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla Walla.

It's all thanks to $71.4 million. It's a major victory for Veterans in Eastern Washington.

Senator Patty Murray tell us, her and other legislators have waited for five years to see this happen. She says it wouldn't have been possible without help from veteran advocates.

Murray says she's glad the national economic downturn isn't taking a toll, on health care for veterans in our area.

"We're very excited about that, we are in an era where people are cutting everywhere, we've had to work long and hard to come to the day where we now have the money to move forward to build this very much needed outpatient clinic in Walla Walla," said U.S. Senator Patty Murray, (D).

Senator Murray also says five years ago, the state was considering shutting down the VA Medical Center in Walla Walla.

The new facility will be about 65,000 square feet. It's scheduled to be done in two years.

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