LEWISTON, ME -- Congressman Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement after attending the open house and ribbon cutting for the new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Lewiston, which is located at 15 Challenger Drive. Michaud worked with local area veterans for years to advocate for the new clinic.
"Working as a community to solve a problem is the way to get things done. And that's just what we celebrated in Lewiston today. This clinic is a huge part of solving a problem that has plagued veterans of this region for years -- the ability to get VA health care closer to home. I've been proud to work with the many dedicated area veterans to push for this clinic's completion.
"Although the VA in Washington and Togus may have grown tired of my many calls requesting status updates and information about this clinic, I think they'd agree that today's ceremony, and what it represents for veterans in this region, was worth enduring my persistence.
"But this facility and its creation really belong to our veterans. It's because of them that we celebrated this opening today."
Two photos from the event.
From left to right:
|L - R: State Rep. Peggy Rotundo, Dr. Susan MacKenzie, Acting Director VA Maine Health Care System, Mrs. Ann LePage, First Lady, State Rep. Mike Lajoie (behind Mrs. LePage)Congressman Michaud, Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, Director VA New England Health Care System, Bobby Reynolds, office of Senator Susan Collins|
State Rep. Peggy Rotundo
Dr. Susan MacKenzie, Acting Director VA Maine Health Care System
Mrs. Ann LePage, First Lady
State Rep. Mike Lajoie (behind Mrs. LePage)
Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, Director VA New England Health Care System
Bobby Reynolds, office of Senator Susan Collins
Ken St. Amand, member of the L/A CBOC Committee and formerly of the L/A Economic Growth Council (retired)