Campbell County opens new VA Outpatient Clinic

Campbell County opens new VA Outpatient Clinic

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Campbell County opens a new VA outpatient clinic. Campbell County opens a new VA outpatient clinic.
By SHELBY MILLER
6 News Reporter

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - More help is coming to veterans in east Tennessee, as a new Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic opens its doors in Campbell County.     

Veterans who live in the area said they've been forced to make the drive to Mountain Home, in Johnson City, or to Knoxville or Nashville for healthcare all their lives. However, that's not the case anymore.

"It's amazing what has been done in less than three years," said retired army General Carl Stiner. Since 2011, Stiner has played a big role in bringing a VA clinic to Campbell County. Monday, his dreams and hard work became reality.

"We justly and finally opened a clinic in Campbell County, Tenn. This is astounding," said Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, who represents the 3rd District of Tennessee.

General Stiner fully understands the importance of helping soldiers when they return home to the states. The 77-year-old's a former soldier himself. He served our country for 35 years. "Just serving my country. A country boy doing what I thought was right," he said.

During his time in the army, Stiner saw death and destruction. He believes our veterans deserve this clinic.

"This nation clearly has a debt to its veterans, and the biggest debt is quality healthcare," he said.

Quality healthcare is what veterans will get in Campbell County. From eye care, to skin care, mental health and overall health, many veterans who visited Monday say they've already enrolled, and those who haven't say they plan to sign up soon.

"That's one of the best things to happen to the veterans in Campbell County," said Korean War veteran Edward Poedostic.

It's also one of the best things to happen to Campbell County, because it now a medical home for its brave.

Although the official grand opening happened Monday, doctors say appointments won't begin until June 24.  Veterans who wish to enroll at Campbell County's VA medical center may call the clinic directly at 423-562-3531.
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