KNSI: Bachmann, Klobuchar At St. Cloud VA For Expanded Dental Clinic

Oct 28, 2014

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Sen. Amy Klobuchar were all smiles today (Monday, Oct. 27) at the recently-expanded dental clinic at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System.

In a display of bipartisanship, they whole-heartedly voiced their support for the clinic which can serve more veterans. KNSI News Anchor Frank Lee spoke to Bachmann and Klobuchar.

“Veterans aren’t just Republicans, aren’t just Democrats, and we understand that and that’s why we worked together on these veterans issues,” Klobuchar said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“This dental clinic is one where there’s a desperate need for it when you look at the numbers and how they’ve increased with the number of people that need dental help out here at the VA clinic in St. Cloud.”

The expanded clinic at the St. Cloud VA features seven new dental chairs, bringing the total number at the clinic to 18. And a new oral surgery room is among the new amenities.

“I think that it’s important for people here in the St. Cloud area to realize what a first-class facility that we enjoy and our veterans enjoy here in St. Cloud,” Bachmann said from the VA.

The expanded dental clinic also features a private operatory space for special needs veterans, a dental office, and a new reception and waiting area for veterans at the St. Cloud VA.

“They’ve given everything for us without question, and we need to be there to keep our promise to veterans as well,” Bachmann said as she mingled with dentists and VA officials.

The new dental chairs have been servicing veterans for more than a month before today's dedication, according to VA officials, and three new dentists were added to the VA staff in the past 18 months.

For more information about the St. Cloud VA Health Care System or about how veterans can apply for health care, call 255-6340 or visit

This article originally appeared on KNSI on October 27, 2014. Click here to view the original.