Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is demanding immediate action and a swift reversal of the recent announcement by the Veterans Administration to close the Troy Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Despite serving over 1,000 Veterans a year, the VA has elected to close the facility, apparently, in order to save money related to cost to lease the building.
“The decision to close the Troy CBOC facility represents a tremendous error in judgment and a slap in the face to the thousands of Veterans who rely on the VA for their medical coverage,” said Assemblyman Jake Ashby, a combat Veteran and the current Ranking Member of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee. “I know many fellow Rensselaer County Veterans who utilize this facility for their care who will now be directed to facilities far outside of our County.”
Ashby also noted the peculiar choice to announce this closure on the cusp of Memorial Day Weekend. “Announcing the closure of this facility at any point of the year would have been difficult for our local Veterans, but to do it as we begin Memorial Day Weekend comes off as disrespectful to the women and men who answered the call in service to our country.”
The Veterans Health Administration created the Community -Based Outpatient Clinic program in the early 1990s in order to expand capacity and provide efficient primary care, particularly focusing on Veterans who had to travel out of their area to receive their health services.