After a year in the making, Bryan-College Station's VA Outpatient Clinic celebrated its grand opening.
District 17's Congressman, Chet Edwards gave a keynote address at the ribbon cutting Monday afternoon.
But, for the veterans in attendance it was not all about a ceremony.
"Fifteen years ago I had a week to live and I'm still here," Veteran Bob Dekorne said. "They've taken good care of me."
It was the VA clinic that saved Dekorne's life.
To him, the clinic shows how much our country cares about those who have served.
"It's about keeping our nation's moral obligation to those who have served in uniform and it's about caring for those who sacrificed so much for the American family," District 17's Congressman Chet Edwards said.
The College Station facility is the largest the local VA has housed since opening in 1999.
"This facility is going to be great to improve the medical services in the Brazos Valley," L.G. Crum, a local veteran said. "I think it's tremendous."
And it's convenient.
Veterans can get care closer to where they live.
"How a nation treats it's veterans says a lot about the good values of that country," Edwards said. "I'm deeply grateful to live in a nation that values our veterans."
And as the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan continues, it's not only former servicemen and women that will benefit, but the veterans of the future.
Edwards was joined Monday by Central Texas VA System Director Bruce Gordon and College Station Mayor Ron Silvia.
The VA clinic is located next door to the previous clinic in the 1600 block of Rock Prairie Road.
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