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When someone joins the US military, they are essentially volunteering to lay down their life, if necessary, for our country. Fortunately, few have to make the ultimate sacrifice. But they do hard work and selfless service that goes beyond what those of us who have never served can imagine.

Providing medical care is one of the ways our country says thank you to its veterans. In Fort Dodge, that care will be delivered in a new facility that allows doctors and nurses to do more tests and treatments in one place than before.

The new VA Health Clinic at 530 S. 25th St. opened late last month.

It combines a clinic and a mental health center that were in two separate buildings at Fort Dodge. The new facility is over 16,000 square feet. In this space, medical personnel can provide all the services they previously offered, and more. The new site offers services in audiology, cardiology, mental health, optometry, physiotherapy, radiology and women’s health, to name a few.

Having it all in one place allows medical staff to work together to achieve the best patient outcomes. For example, a primary care physician may work closely with a physical therapist.

For those passing by the South 25th Street site, it might seem like the new clinic had been under construction for a long time. Now that it’s done, we think veterans will be happy with the outcome.

We are thrilled that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has invested in a new health care facility at Fort Dodge. It will benefit hundreds of North Central Iowa veterans for decades to come.

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