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Published July 02, 2013, 04:13 PM

Heitkamp meets with Lake Region veterans, to Hold GF meeting Wednesday

While in Devils Lake to meet with newly elected tribal chairman Russel McDonald, Senator Heitkamp also met with local veterans to discuss veteran issues, especially a proposed VA clinic in Devils Lake.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

While in Devils Lake to meet with newly elected tribal chairman Russel McDonald, Senator Heitkamp also met with local veterans to discuss veteran issues, especially a proposed VA clinic in Devils Lake.

Veterans say they're frustrated by the lack of progress nine years after the clinic was first proposed. But the VA says it's finally coming, likely by the end of the year. The facility will be a tele-health clinic, with video links to doctors at the Fargo VA clinic. The VA says a clinic site is expected to be chosen by September. It could open soon after that, depending on construction times.

Dale Dekray, Fargo VA Clinic: "There will be a build-out time when we have to do the construction. Depending on whether it's an empty lot or a medical facility ready to go, it could take a different amount of time."

Several veterans say they don't want to see their doctor through a computer screen in a tele-health clinic. The VA says doctors will come from Fargo to see patients in person a couple times a month.

Heitkamp will be hosting a veterans roundtable discussion in Grand Forks Wednesday morning at the Grand Forks County office building beginning at 9 am.

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