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      Better healthcare for local veterans?

      FOX 31 first told you months ago that the VA Clinic located in Downtown Albany is being relocated to the Albany Marine Base.

      On Tuesday, officials from the Dublin VA Clinic came to Albany to educate and explain to local veterans the pros of moving.

      They say being on the base near active duty members will make some veterans feel more at home.

      They say the new clinic will be bigger and be able to extend more services.

      Dr. Frank Jordan, with Veterans Affairs says, "we're going to include things like audiology, optometry, podiatry and enhance mental health services so we're very excited about sharing with the Navy and the Marine Corps to bring those services to our veterans."

      Services will start August 1st on the Marine Base.The following release was issued July 21 with more information on the move:The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin confirmed recently that its Albany outpatient clinic will move permanently to the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Branch Clinic at the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base on August 1.The new location of the clinic at 814 Radford Blvd. will include existing services for local veterans as well as the addition of a number of new services such as podiatry and optometry. According to Dublin VA officials the collaboration with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps will allow for enhanced services to veterans and active duty military in a state-of-the-art facility.According to Dublin VA director John S. Goldman, the move will result in the highest quality care for patients and will further the VA TMs goal of providing personalized, proactive, patient-driven healthcare that honors veterans TM service and empowers their health.In addition to offering primary care, we will expand services for veterans and active duty military to include optometry, audiology, mental health, podiatry, and physical rehabilitation. The move not only benefits our veterans, it demonstrates superb collaboration among federal agencies. Working with the Marine Corps and the Navy has been a genuinely rewarding experience for us Goldman said.Goldman confirmed that arrangements have been made for veterans to get access to the base and that veterans can continue to make appointments at the clinic by calling 1-800-595-5229 ext. 2711 or 478-277-2711 starting August 28. He said that letters will be sent to enrolled veterans, congressional offices, and veteran service organizations, and that social media and the Internet will be used to let interested persons know about the change.The Dublin VA offers services to veterans in 52 counties in middle and south Georgia with approximately 5,800 of those veterans living in the Albany area.