WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD) wrote a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald this week requesting a specific plan and timeline for when Southern Maryland veterans can expect the replacement Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Charlotte Hall to open.

Congressman Hoyer helped secure funding for a new facility that was originally slated to be operational in 2013. He will continue to monitor progress and demand that the VA get back on track with construction as soon as possible.

“I am writing to request a specific plan and timeline for when we can expect the replacement Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to be up and running in Southern Maryland,” wrote Congressman Hoyer. “As you know, I have long advocated for the expansion of access to health care for veterans in Southern Maryland by way of a new, ADA-compliant CBOC in Charlotte Hall as well as a new CBOC satellite site in Lexington Park… However, this project continuously has been delayed by the VA since its inception. The current facility that serves hundreds of veterans does not adequately meet the needs of the community.”

Full text of the letter is below.

The Honorable Robert McDonald

Secretary
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20420
                                                                                  
Dear Secretary McDonald:

I am writing to request a specific plan and timeline for when we can expect the replacement Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to be up and running in Southern Maryland. As you know, I have long advocated for the expansion of access to health care for veterans in Southern Maryland by way of a new, ADA-compliant CBOC in Charlotte Hall as well as a new CBOC satellite site in Lexington Park.

I helped secure funding for a new facility that was originally slated to be operational in 2013, to replace the existing CBOC in Charlotte Hall. You and I had previously discussed this issue and its importance to Southern Maryland and on several occasions during update meetings on the project with staff from the Veterans Administration we have been assured that this is a priority and on schedule. However, this project continuously has been delayed by the VA since its inception. The current facility that serves hundreds of veterans does not adequately meet the needs of the community.  In addition, VA briefings to the Tri-County Council Veterans Regional Advisory Committee on the progress of the CBOC have been inconsistent and frustrating. An announcement of a plan and timeline for a replacement CBOC would do much to reassure Southern Maryland veterans and their families that they will be able to access the care they need locally.

Thanking you in advance and with kindest regards, I am

Sincerely yours,

STENY H. HOYER