GREEN BAY Wis.-It's a project 20 years in the making, but today veterans from all over Northeast Wisconsin came to Green Bay to celebrate the dedication of the Milo C. Huempfner VA Outpatient Clinic.
A ribbon cutting ceremony marks the dedication of a new veterans clinic in Green Bay. It's something disabled veteran, Dennis Kinney is excited about because now he won't have to drive for hours for care.
"I'll be using this one. I'm one hundred percent disabled so all my stuff will be coming through here," said Kinney.
He's been a part of the planning process to get a veteran's clinic in Green Bay since the beginning, working closely with lawmakers.
"This is so important to have the services available at such a high quality level right here in Green Bay," said Wisconsin democratic senator, Tammy Baldwin.
Many veterans took a tour of the building, they were impressed by what they saw.
"We have one of the finest in the nation now," said Kinney about the clinic.
The clinic has been in the works for the past 20 years. Leaders say it's a huge addition to Green Bay, with more than 20,000 veterans just in Brown County alone, not to mention the clinic's other benefits.
"Just the jobs, the economic impact and really most importantly the quality care they're going to get right here in Green Bay is just awesome for this community," said Green Bay mayor. Jim Schmitt.
Doors officially open for the clinic on Monday, August 19. They will start off by providing services for the 3,500 veterans currently enrolled, but as they expand they will be able to tend to as many as 20,000 local veterans.