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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 1:16pm

Savannah To Get Larger Veterans Clinic

Updated: 3 years ago.
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to open a larger, more up-to-date clinic in Savannah to serve the area's ex-military population. (photo Department of Veterans Affairs)

The Veterans Administration is soliciting bids for a new health clinic in Savannah.

The 50,000 square-foot facility will replace a smaller, aging structure nearby.

The agency's Kevin Abel says, the current clinic often can't handle the needs of some 8,000 veterans living in the Savannah area.

"We just know that we have a larger patient population," Abel says. "To better serve them we need a bigger facility to deal with the numbers that we're having come in."

The area's retired military population is growing.

And there are now more veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Veteran's Administration announced it would built a new Savannah clinic -- and a smaller one in Hinesville -- two years ago.

Soliciting bids now puts the clinic on track to open in late 2013.

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