Veteran Affairs Open New Clinic at Fort Rucker

Fort Rucker, AL (WSFA) -- It's quality healthcare now at arm's reach for wiregrass veterans.

The Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System's made good on their promise to create more healthcare services for those who put their lives on the line for our country.

Thanks to that promise veterans like Wilbur Sullivant are lining up to attend the new clinic at Lyster Health Clinic on Fort Rucker.

"I'm just thankful to god it's working," said veteran Wilbur Sullivant.

It's up and running thanks to veterans like Sullivant who have been campaigning for this facility.

"A lot of people asked me to do it. and I'm am tickled pink to get it done," said Sullivant.

Now that the clinic is open there's more beds and more rooms for the veterans here in the wiregrass.

However, what some staffers say is most important is veterans no longer having to travel the long distances to get the care that they need.

"About 12,500 veterans were having to drive all the way to Montgomery or Tuskegee to get care," said Dr. Robert Ratliff of the Veterans Healthcare System.

The upgrade doesn't stop there.

A $2.9 million Joint Incentive Fund is earmarked to renovate additional spaces at Lyster Health Clinic.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis