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Veterans Care Reform Bill Will Allow Tulsa Facility To Stay Open

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A veterans care bill passed by Congress last week includes more than $13 million in funding to overhaul a Tulsa-based Veterans Affairs clinic.

The funds would allow the Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic the option to either pursue a lease for a new facility or build a new structure.

Before the funding was added to the veterans care reform bill, Oklahoma lawmakers said the clinic would have been forced to either spend money to bring the building up to code or close down by 2020.

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says if the Tulsa outpatient center had closed, area veterans would have been forced to travel to Muskogee or Oklahoma City to receive care.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the funding bill this week.

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