by Jackie Bartz
Sunday, May 9, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System will open the doors to its new clinic in Anchorage Monday. Construction crews spent two years assembling the 183,000-square-foot, $76 million building.
The clinic, on North Muldoon Road near Elmendorf Air Force Base's Muldoon gate, features new brain-scanning equipment, additional physical therapy services and more options for counseling.
VA officials say the new and improved building is a thank-you to the troops.
"It's enhanced our services, and veterans have paid the price of being in the service away from their families in combat situations serving overseas," said Alaska VA Healthcare Director Alex Spector.
"Unlike different careers you sign up for, just your job or your career, in the military you sign up, you're offering to put your life on the line for your country," said Navy veteran Greg Travis. "And it's very important that we show support not only throughout the community, but clinically."