Veterans’ Services District, Mayor Applaud Decision to Keep Northampton VA Medical Center Open

The Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Services District and Mayor Roxann Wedegartner welcome the announcement that plans to close the Northampton VA Medical Center have been abandoned. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has announced that they will not proceed with the federal Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission process, which included the recommended closure of certain VA facilities.

“We are pleased that this bipartisan group of elected officials stepped forward to halt the AIR Commission and its misguided suggestions,” said Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Services Director Timothy Niejadlik. “We do hope veterans and their families continue to remain vigilant in protecting our local VA facilities as we move forward. The fact that the VA is looking at ways to improve care is welcome news. We just don't want those improvements to be to the detriment of our veterans.”

“It is a relief that the voices of our local veterans and their supporters were heard,” said Mayor Wedegartner. “The Leeds VA Medical Center provides vital care to veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. Plans to close the Center were just plain wrong. I applaud our state and federal delegations and everyone who advocated so effectively on behalf of our veterans and their families.”

More than 2,000 Franklin County veterans receive health care at the Northampton facility. Many outside providers are not accepting new patients, or do not accept VA Health Care.

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