The wait and long drive times for area veterans will soon be over, as the new Veteran's Affairs (VA) clinic is set to open in October.
The 30,000 square foot clinic will officially start seeing patients Oct. 15.
"We are very excited," said Fran Burke, public affairs specialist with the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. "We are happy that it is finally about to be open and will allow veterans in the area to avoid traffic hassles and be able to get care closer to home."
The clinic chose the site of the former Klein's Supermarket and entered into a 20-year lease for $1 million per year.
The clinic will offer primary care for area veterans, including mental health, women's health, optometry, X-Ray, blood work, audiology and a pharmacy.
"Our membership is very excited about this," said Tomball VFW Post 2427 quartermaster Aaron Isaac. "It's going to provide relief for the vets because it's far to go downtown or to Conroe and this facility will provide most of everything that our vets need."
After an extensive study, the VA settled on Tomball because of the area's large and growing veteran population. They estimate that nearly 50,000 veterans live in the area and that they will care for nearly 8,000 of them in the first year of the new clinic's existence.
The clinic will employ 52 people initially, while running three or more primary care teams. Each of those teams will have a doctor, two nurses and a clerk and will care for between 1,200 and 1,300 patients.
There will be a special ribbon cutting Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. Tours of the facility will be conducted as well.
For details visit www.va.gov or call 800-639-5137.