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Saturday May 30th, 2015 2:36AM

Hinesville celebrates opening of new VA clinic

By The Associated Press
HINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Veterans are celebrating this week the opening of a new Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Hinesville.<br /> <br /> WJCL-TV reports the new building will bring more medical experts to the region and also provide mental health assistance.<br /> <br /> For the past three years, a temporary clinic could only see about 2,500 veterans a year. Officials say the new site can serve 5,000 more veterans a year.<br /> <br /> Hinesville Mayor James Thomas says there are almost 11,000 veterans in the area.<br /> <br /> The opening comes as wait times at VA clinics across the country face congressional scrutiny. A federal audit this week found that more than 57,000 veterans nationally have been waiting up to three months for medical appointments.
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