FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 24, 2009
Contact: Jake Rubin
Office: (202) 225-5665
Kagen Applauds Progress on Veterans’ Clinic in Brown County
(WASHINGTON, DC) Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. is proud to announce yet another step toward giving veterans in Brown County the health care benefits they have earned closer to home. The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the search for a location for the new Milo C. Huempfner Community Based Outpatient Clinic.
“I am working hard to guarantee that our veterans have the benefits that have earned close to home,” said Kagen. “As a doctor, I know that the best health care is closest to home. The Community Based Outpatient Clinic will deliver quality care of our veterans while generating jobs and economic development in our community.”
According to documents received by Congressman Kagen, The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking Expressions of Interest for a site from fee title property owners, or their duly authorized representative, willing to execute an assignable option to purchase a site, or an assemblage of sites, or to obtain a donated site, containing 20-25 developable acres capable of accommodating a two-story 161,525-net-usable-square-foot building with on-site parking for approximately 1,200.
Once this process is complete, The Department of Veterans Affairs will either buy the land or purchase an option on the land. Following that, they will solicit bids to build the facility.
“I am watching the process closely to make sure that we are doing what is best for Brown County and our brave veterans,” said Kagen.
Dr. Kagen has worked tirelessly with the Veterans Administration and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on plans for establishing the new and improved Community Based Outpatient Clinic for veterans in Brown County. Due to Congressman Kagen’s efforts, this facility is set to begin construction in FY 2009 instead of 2010. The new facility will offer specialty services heretofore not available in Northeast Wisconsin to thousands of veterans who have had to drive south to Milwaukee in order to get the benefits they have earned. It will be named for Milo C. Huempfner, after Congressman Kagen introduced legislation to honor the decorated veteran and to name the clinic after him.