VA closes part-time clinic in Kokomo after 11 months

A part-time medical clinic for veterans has closed, less than a year after opening in Kokomo.

A spokesman at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said staff had to be transferred to a VA clinic in Marion, about 30 miles away. Tom Blackburn also told the Kokomo Tribune that access was improved at other clinics.

The Kokomo clinic was open two days a week. Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman, who helped bring the clinic to town, said VA bureaucrats have failed to properly serve veterans. He said local officials weren't informed of the closing before it happened.

Some veterans say the clinic didn't provide enough services and discouraged them from making appointments. U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly last year had asked the VA to investigate.

The clinic had a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant.

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