Steil: Expanded VA Clinic is a Critical Step to Supporting Rock County Veterans

August 21, 2020
Press Release

JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN—Today, Bryan Steil joined the Rock County Veterans Service Officer John Solis, members from the Veterans Administration Hospital, and Janesville VA clinic staff for the grand opening of the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Janesville. Steil also received a tour of the new facility.

“Our veterans deserve the best care, treatment, and mental health services. Local, convenient access to care is vital for many veterans. The expansion of the Janesville VA clinic allows 1,200 more veterans to receive health care services. This is a critical step in our efforts to support our heroes, increase access to treatment, and expand health care options. I am proud to partner with our state and local partners to bring attention to new opportunities for our veterans,” said Steil.

“The completion of this new clinic reinforces the commitment of the VA to bring services to our veterans and provide the quality care they deserve. Projects like this are a community effort and we appreciate the support from our local Veterans Service Organizations, community, state and federal leaders keeping veteran issues at the forefront,” said John Rohrer, Director, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital.

The new Community Based Outpatient Clinic has doubled in size to better serve the needs of veterans in Janesville and throughout Rock County. The clinic currently serves 3,800 patients and will now have the capacity to serve an additional 1,200 veterans. The expansion allows more opportunities for veterans to receive primary care, telehealth, and VA Video Connect virtual visits, and includes new physical therapy and occupational therapy services.

Throughout Steil’s time in Congress, he has been a champion for veterans. Steil successfully advocated for funding for the VA’s suicide prevention and treatment program and co-introduced the Veterans Cemetery Grants Improvement Act which helps cemeteries like the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove have greater access to federal funds.

Steil also brought on staff a Wounded Warrior Fellow through the House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program who is dedicated to assisting veterans in Southeast Wisconsin and helping them obtain VA benefits and other federal services.