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Manchin Asks for Help After W.Va. Veterans Clinic Closes

Greenbrier Co. CBOC

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is asking the federal government to provide a mobile clinic or temporary space for one that would serves veterans in West Virginia and Virginia.

The West Virginia Democrat made the request in a letter Friday to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald. Manchin asked for the assistance until air quality issues are fixed at the Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Maxwelton.

The clinic closed Monday after air quality tests found formaldehyde levels above the recommended exposure limit. The clinic has been shut three times since last June because of air quality.

The clinic serves about 2,400 veterans in Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas and Summers counties in West Virginia, and in Alleghany County, Virginia. For now they must travel to the Beckley VA Medical Center for care.