Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton), Sen. Neil Breslin, Sen. Daphne Jordan and Assemblyman John McDonald are partnering to fight the Veterans Affairs’ (VA) decision to close the Troy VA Outpatient Clinic, a community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC), which has been integral in serving local veterans in Rensselaer County. With the unique challenges faced by veterans, it is in the best interest to keep a treatment and care facility close to their homes for ease of access.
Together, the four legislators wrote to Darlene A. Delancey, Executive Director of VA Health Care Upstate New York, about the continued need for such a facility to help serve the communities’ veterans.
“The Troy VA Outpatient Clinic has demonstrated the success and benefit of a local VA clinic to directly serve veterans right where they live. We should be working toward removing barriers to accessing doctors and services, rather than making it that much more difficult for a veteran to seek their care,” said Ashby, ranking Republican on the Committee of Veterans’ Affairs. “I stand with my area legislative colleagues as we object to the efforts by the VA to close our local clinic and encourage it to reconsider.”
Ashby and his area colleagues point to the original goal of CBOCs, which were created to provide ease of access to outpatient care for veterans throughout the country. Troy CBOC was a highly successful example. The legislators are questioning what actual savings are being made by the decision to close.
“The VA boasts a $250 billion budget,” said Ashby. “It is not worth the risk of diminishing the quality of care for area veterans for negligible savings.”
Please see the attached letter from legislators.