ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) “It’s gonna make it a lot easier for us,” said veteran Mickey Thomas, excited about the new Va clinic located in a shopping center off Roswell and Barnes Mill road.

For veterans in Cobb County getting the help they need was often a hours-long journey.

“It’s gonna save me a lot of driving, now that I’m in Powder Springs. I can come over here rather than go to Blairsville where my normal doctor is”, added Thomas.

Thomas said he drives more than an hour and a half to see the doctor and transferring to the new Northeast Cobb VA clinic will cut that time to about 30 minutes, and he’s not the only one celebrating. On Thursday nearly 100 people came together to commemorate the clinic’s opening.

“The veterans need better proximity to their healthcare because the primary care clinics take care of all their needs,” said Dr. Nena, one of the physicians at the new clinic.

But the VA says the new Northeast clinic is just the beginning because plans are in place to open eight additional locations throughout Metro Atlanta.

“There is always a need for clinics. We have almost 160,000 veterans in Atlanta and the VA Healthcare Center in Decatur handles most of them, so anything we can do to supplement that to help our veterans travel less and get the help they need quicker is good,” said Jim Fultz with the Cobb County American Legion.

While many celebrate the additional clinics that will soon open, Thomas is focused on the newest location in Northeast Cobb.

“It’s going to be a huge help”, added Thomas.

The clinic cost about $1.2 million to construct and will provide primary care, mental health, teladoc, and laboratory services for an estimated 8,000 veterans each year.

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gunnygil

Many new clinics closer to veteran's homes but the problem is not enough doctors and clinicians to staff them. The administrators are still collecting far too high 6 figure incomes plus 6 figure bonuses and veterans even in the older clinics are having to wait 4 - 8 months to see a doctor, and the clinics do not have all the equipment to take care of Trauma Recovery, Orthopedics, MRI's, CT-scans, Dental, and even X-rays that have to be done at the main hospital in Decatur. I have heard that Atlanta VAMC and it clinics right now need over 100 doctors and either haven't the money or enough doctors applying for the jobs. My clinic in Carrollton, totally donated by a private individual, has one doctor for the whole clinic and to see him is a 6-12 month wait for 20 minutes.

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