Veterans Clinic Opens in Bowling Green

By Kristin Martin | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- In the midst of a nationwide scandal over veterans' health care, a new outpatient clinic has opened in Bowling Green.

The clinic hopes to avoid problems locally by bringing care closer to home.

Earlier today, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned.

That's following the scandal that began after a report showed many veterans were forced to wait months for health care or weren't even put on a list at all.

Here in Kentucky, veterans say they've had an entirely different experience.

"I've had good results -- set up appointments, taken on time. So I haven't had any problems as far as benefits here," said one patient, Roger Kirby.

"I've had no problem -- not with VA here -- even the old one, and this one seems it's going to be better," said another patient, Bobby Tittle.

While veterans say they already were receiving care they needed, a new outpatient clinic that opened in Bowling Green a few weeks ago is speeding up the process even more.

"A lot of people don't realize that the VA system is actually the largest health care system in the nation. So actually having the clinic here in Bowling Green will actually be improving patient care and access," said Walter Walker, the public affairs representative for Humana.

It offers a variety of services, including a lab.

"We're going to offer primary care. We're going to offer women's health. There will be mental behavioral health services here. There will also be a dietitian," Walker said.

Area veterans say the city needed a clinic like this one.

"It saves a lot of travel time. It's convenient -- good location. So it's very good for the veterans here," Kirby said.

"A lot more room. More privacy when you come in. People are real nice," said Tittle.

The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The grand opening ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the clinic, which is located in the Fairview Plaza.

Congressman Brett Guthrie will speak, along with Veterans Affairs, Humana and Western Kentucky University officials.

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