Today at the American Legion Post 108 in Franklin, I was proud to announce that a new Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide needed care to veterans west of Asheville. The new CBOC – which will open in Franklin – is part of my comprehensive plan to modernize health care facilities in Western North Carolina.
About 80% of the health care provided by the VA is in the form of outpatient care. The new CBOC will serve as an extension of the existing VA Medical Center in Asheville that already provides highly specialized care to WNC veterans. Specifically, the new CBOC in Franklin will provide both primary care and mental health services to an estimated 3,200 veterans each year.
I want to personally thank former NC Senator Bob Carpenter, who was in attendance for today’s announcement, for his tireless advocacy efforts to make the Franklin CBOC a reality. In July of last year, Secretary Carpenter and I with VA Secretary James Nicholson in Washington, DC to lobby in support of the Franklin CBOC.
This new clinic will allow veterans to receive medical care much closer to where they live, without having to make the long trip to Asheville every time they need to see a doctor. Our veterans certainly deserve the best in health care, and this CBOC – combined with the improvements already made at the VA Medical Center in Asheville – will provide much greater access to health care.