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Convenient Care Initiative rollout ceremony

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Washington, DC, May 31, 2018 | comments

Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) released the following statement to greet guests and attendees of today's Convenient Care Initiative rollout ceremony:

"I would like to welcome and thank everyone for coming out to this wonderful event. One of most fundamental duties we have as a nation is to take care of our men and women who have volunteered to defend our country. However, in recent years, the quality and accessibility of care has been far too inadequate. Here in the Antelope Valley, where it can take upwards of two to three hours to drive to the nearest VA hospital, the challenge of accessibility is even greater. That's why we came up with the idea of the Convenient Care Initiative. Working hand-in-hand with the VA and local medical professionals, we've established this new program to allow veterans to use specific local urgent care clinics to get treated for minor to moderate illnesses and injuries. Rather than being forced to drive all the way into L.A. when they have an ailment, our local veterans will now be able to go to a nearby clinic where they can be treated in a more timely manner. Already, we've seen many success stories of veterans using this program and I am very excited to share this opportunity with all our local vets. With us today is Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Brooks Tucker, Assistant Secretary of Congressional Affairs at the VA, Larry Connell, Senior Adviser to the VA Secretary, Robert McKenrick, Executive Director of Clinical Care for the VA Greater Los Angeles region, and David McIntyre, President and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance. I'd like to thank each of them for their steadfast support throughout this process and their continued commitment to our nation's heroes.

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