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Florida Congressman Wants VA Clinic Built Closer To Where Veterans Live

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A Northeast Florida Congressman is asking the federal government to change the planned location of a new veterans’ clinic in St. Johns County.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL6) asked the Government Accountability Office to review data the Department of Veterans Affairs used to determine the location.

His letter comes after St. Johns County officials voiced concern. They say the proposed placement is not close enough to where veterans live in the county. St. Johns County performed its own geographic analysis and delivered its findings to the VA, but has not heard back.

DeSantis agrees with county officials that the proposed location would force veterans to travel unnecessary distances for healthcare.

Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.